New Slang

After watching 300 the other day I thought about how seldom we talk about our honor nowadays. Do you realize how long it’s been since I’ve defended my honor? Back in the olden days (according to movies), honor was the most valuable thing you could have and defend. Now we have plasma televisions and SUV’s. So I figured it’s time to bring “honor” back into our everyday conversations. From now on people don’t bother me, they offend my honor. I don’t disagree with anyone anymore, I defend my honor. Try it, you’ll feel nobler instantly.

Speaking of trying to start a word revolution, what words have you tried to implement into our modern cultural lexicon? Here are a few others I’ve tried:

– Crisp (meaning “cool” or “great” or “awesome”)
– The Dean (meaning “cool person” or “the man”)
– Coin (meaning “money” or “cash”, not realizing that others were already using this)
– Swiss (meaning “sweet” or “awesome”)

Of course none of these caught on in quite the way that I had hoped, though I think “the dean” and “crisp” are…well, crisp.

11 thoughts on “New Slang

  1. I remember when I used to deliver pizzas to the men’s barracks of a Marine Air Station in Hawaii, there’d be slogans painted everywhere like “Honor – Valor – Fidelity.” It was pretty crisp. (I’d just ignore the signs about no women allowed. Swiss!)

    I wonder who first said “Oh snap.”

  2. I thought that I had coined the term blandiose, but it turns out several others beat me to it. Upon reflection it is a rather obvious turn of phrase.

    And for some reason, my use of the word “shallot” to mean something or someone amusing, but not hilarious never took off. Nor did it’s corollary “scallion” — someone who thinks they are funny, but aren’t.

  3. I think songy and songiness are way underused. [As in, “These tracks lack the songiness of their earlier work . . .”] I thought I came up with songiness, but it gets 1,160 google hits. By the time I’m done, that number will be in the millions.

  4. “Rattlesnakes” as an exclamation in place of “darn” or “rats”… occasionly “Cattlesnakes” but mainly because cows that slither like snakes would be amazing.

  5. My college roommates attempted both “thick” and “wet” as synonyms for cool. Complete failures from the start. I still think thick could work, given the proper graphic designer to sell it.

    One of my roommates thought he invented “clutch,” as in, “comes through in the clutch,” but he didn’t.

  6. I couldn’t help but notice as a kid that my black friends were experimenting more with novel slang than any group I had ever or probably ever will interact with. The slang they used on the playground was constantly introducing new words and phrases for things. Also, as a culture, they used a lot of nicknames for each other. Just about everybody was commonly referred to with a nickname.

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