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*Just for the record, I hate the word Awesome.
When you were aged about 8 did you look up Naughty Words in your school dictionary?
Oh, ok, that was just me then.
Anyways, I still do that – but now I use Urban Dictionary. It’s one of my FAVOURITE websites EVER and THE place to go if you want to find out what the hell rappers and everyone under 25 are on about, with their…
IRL – In Real Life
ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing
YOLO – You Only Live Once
BRB – Be Right Back
TBH – To be Honest
CREAM – Cash Rules Everything Around Me
Now, I know a lot of language purists complain about the increased use of slang and acronyms and abbreviation and swearing and the Americanisation of English-English and the Englishisation of American-English…but I love it all. Language has never been RICHER – there are so many clever and funny and brilliant new ways to expression yourself – or FASTER – thanks to social media they spread like wildfire.
So here are my current pick of 10 Awesome Words and Phrases
OOTD – Outfit Of The Day.
Once you tune in you’ll see #OOTD all over the joint. Young & gorgeous bloggers love it – the idea is you take a photograph of yourself, leaning nonchalantly against a wall staring into mid-space wearing tons of makeup and all your new clothes and post it on social media channels with #OOTD and links to where you bought everything and then your gazillion followers will want to look like you and go buy all the clothes and you’ll get loads of money. Sweet, eh.
Unfortunately, for a while there, I got #OOTD confused with #OOFT (which means – Wow this is fantastic)and was forever sharing photographs of me in horrible old tops eating cakes or drinking fancy Gin & Tonics with #OOTD when I actually meant #OOFT. When I realised my mistake I worried that I’d have confused all my fashionista friends until I remembered I don’t have any fashionista friends. So that turned out ok then.
I really wish I could speak Yiddish – it seems like such a stress-relieving language full of words, which, the minute you utter them, you feel instantly better about your troubles. My current favourite is Oy Vey, which can be used whenever something is wrong or annoying in life. It covers almost all eventualities from – We’re out of milk. Oy Vey to President Trumpety is gonna press that button any minute now. Oy Vey!
If there are any guys reading this, sorry chaps but I just love this word. Mansplaining is when a man explains something that is really blindingly obvious to a woman, in M I N U T E detail. For example, “So, Sally, think of it like this, in order for a car to work it needs an engine and 4 wheels and some fuel.” To which women might either play along and say “Really, Jeffrey, thank so much for explaining that to me”. Or shout “I know that already, you bloody Mansplainer!” and storm off in a huff (that’ll be me then).
C’mon we’ve all done it – taken that selfie in the Airport Departure Lounge clutching a glass of warm, over-priced Prosecco and posted it EVERYWHERE. Hard to resist the temptation I know but WE MUST!!
It’s almost as bad as it’s annoying cousin Insta-perfect.
And following on nicely we have…
No, not desperate for a drink, but in modern vernacular thirsty means eager for attention and approval, especially on social media. Perfect usage might be to say ‘”Jeez, that bloody blogger, Jill from Midlife Smarts is soooo thirsty – she’s forever posting her unsolicited thoughts & advice and taking a wry look at midlife. Annoying!”
This is sarcasm at its best but it only works when written and includes the !
It would, for example, be ideal to say it to a Mansplainer except he wouldn’t hear the ! so much to write him a letter, along the lines of, – Dear Jeffrey, Thank you so much for taking 45 minutes of your precious time to explain to me that the black thing on my coffee table is called a Remote Control can be used to change TV channels and adjust volume. Fascinating! Yours sincerely, Sally.
I got this from the rather splendid Uptown Funk video. Hot Damn can be used whenever you approve of something (most useful when you are referring to one of your Midlife Crushes) eg Hot Damn, the butcher has a special on Barnsley Chops or I hear Ryan Goslin is awesome (grrrr) in that new movie where he takes his top off. Hot Damn.
Scooby Doo is a great resource for some excellent words and Pesky (as in Those Pesky Kids ) is one of my particular favourites. It’s a friendly way to express your annoyance as in, I wish that pesky President Trumpety would stop threatening world peace or That Pesky Butcher is out of Barnsley Chops again.
This is the perfect way to describe how you feel those times when rock back and forward and stare into space for hours on end or walk round and round in circles mumbling to yourself about your boss/partner/ex/neighbours/PPI phone calls.
So let’s finish off with a Scottish One shall we? Local words and expression are often THE BEST and Scotland has tons of awesome (grrrrr) examples but if I had to narrow it down to one it’d be…
…so to explain, the climate in Scotland is pretty rubbish BUT when temperatures rise (to the point that other countries would consider suitable for early Spring), young Scottish guys whip off their top and stoat (wander aimlessly) about bare-chested. This is commonly known as Taps Aff.
If you live in the UK this handy (and hysterical) weather forecast website will tell you whether it’s a Taps Aff or a Taps Oan kinda day down your neck of the woods.
So what’s your favourite word or phrase? Keep it clean or I might have to look it up in Urban Dictionary.
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