Friday Fun: “Hakuna Matata” By Musafir
Words are the most important tools of communication. This is what differentiates us from animals (among other traits). Words possess immeasurable power to shape individuals as well as history. So, what kind of lexicon are we going to create for the future? The prestigious Oxford English Dictionary added 1,400 new words to its expansive word list in its latest update introducing words such as twerk (thanks to pelvis gyrating Miley Cyrus), milkshake duck (white racist), and phubbing (ignoring someone by looking at cell phone).
I can’t ignore their official existence, but do I have to use them? Pooh-pooh (means no). I say so because Words convey love and build trust. They also shape character and tender hearts; certainly we know our words shape our children and if we are wise we choose them carefully. I rather absquatulate (leave abruptly) than be a blatherskite (talk nonsense). I avoid bobsy-die (fuss or trouble) before I cacoethe (do something inadvisable).
You may consider me a woopie (well-off older person), but I don’t want to end up a pilgarlic (bald-headed man with contempt). I know many of you are mouse potatoes (check the spelling Mr. Quayle). That doesn’t necessarily make you a deedy (industrious or effective). We know our words offend and that is why we sometimes bite our tongues.
We can’t always depend on amphibology (grammatically ambiguous). That will not help us when we go for a job interview. We may come across more like an argle-bargle (talking meaningless). Your blatherskite (without making much sense) may create a great deal of bobsy-die (trouble) for a workplace. You should rather join a blind-pig (place where alcoholic drinks are sold illegally) than looking for a job. If you insist, next time when you see me, please bring a dragoman (interpreter) with you.
People have been soothed and comforted by words and cautioned to exercise the angels of their better natures. Words have the power to mend and heal. So, it’s your choice to use them or abuse them.
Here they are, some umbriferous words from the latest addition to Oxford English Dictionary:
(‘fam’, ‘Tarantinoesque’, ‘Nothingburger’, ‘Bergmanesque’, ‘Spielbergian’, ‘Keatonesque’, ‘kaiju’, ‘scream queen’, etc.)
1. Fam –. Abbreviation of family; can mean close friends or relatives.
2. Tarantinoesque – Anything characterized by graphic and stylized violence, non-linear storylines, cineliterate references, satirical themes, and sharp dialogue.
3. Nothingburger – A person or thing of no importance, value, or substance; something which, contrary to expectations, turns out to be insignificant or unremarkable.
4. Bergmanesque – Of or relating to the director Ingmar Bergman; resembling or characteristic of his films or style. (Bergman’s films are known for symbolism and the treatment of existential themes such as suffering, insanity, and death.)
5. Spielbergian – Of, relating to, or characteristic of the films of Steven Spielberg, esp. as having fantastical or humanist themes or a sentimental feel.
6. Trapo – A politician perceived as belonging to a conventional and corrupt ruling class.
7. Dunbar number – A theoretical maximum size of a stable social group in which all of the members know each other (usually considered to be about 150).
8. Kaiju – Any of various giant monsters featured in Japanese films and television programs (or those in a similar style made elsewhere). [The word was made popular by Pacific Rim film series.]
9. Mrs. Robinson – A term used to describe an older woman pursuing someone younger than herself [Word is based on the character of the same name from the 1967 movie The Graduate.]
10. Bedunged – That which has been soiled with or covered in dung.
11. Scream queen – An actress noted for her comedic roles
Use them or lose them! Personally, I don’t care. Hakuna Matata!.