Swosh from My Nimbles

17 Responses

  1. Lil says:

    Douchebaggery is my all time favourite. Evah.

    Saying someone is a douche just says it all.

  2. Crystal says:

    What a fun post! I too am a grumpy goo when awaken too early in the morn.

    Everything is an eargasm when I’m not quite ready to get up and I am forced.

    Happy Halloween!

  3. Deborah says:

    Ok, so let’s start with douchebaggery. Unlike Lil, I dislike the word, at least when it stops at the first ‘g’. It makes me wince, although I’m kinda used to hearing it now and sometimes it doesn’t even register. And why? Probably because it has such anti-female associations to a middle-aged feminist like me. .
    But the ‘gery’ makes all the difference. That just made it funny! kWell, that and the fact that this piece is extraordinarily clever. I keep on saying that about you, Jocelyn, and I know it’s getting a bit stale, but it’s a lot of work to keep coming up with new and different ways to say that I love seeing a new title and settling in for the ride. Never know where it’s going to take me but that only heightens the anticipation.
    Given that you are in the thick of it (‘it’ being the Young), demographically-speaking, and that you have professed your love for pop culture (just tonight I was reading a comment by yourself about that very thing) do you feel totally at ease with New School Slang? I have the damnest time feeling like I have a right to use language that has been coined by others and on average it takes me about 9 years before I can unself-consciously adopt a word that everybody else already thinks is old school. But I love what happens to language and how each generation and cultural group puts their own twist on it.

    I can see why you get awards for teaching.

    • Jocelyn says:

      Deborah: You’re quite kind to pretend I’m young and that New School Slang might not sound odd tripping off my tongue. Trust me, I’m wayyyy too middle-class white girl to pull off most of the “street” phraseology that The Kids These Days use. Mostly, I use it for comic effect, to watch my husband spurt soup out his nostrils when I attempt, in any way, to be cool.

      On the other hand, there are a lot of words and phrases that enter the lexicon and become more mainstream, less clearly “someone else’s language.” These, I do use. Incorrectly.

  4. kmkat says:

    Asshat, or even better, assmuppet.

  5. What fun! I needed a good chuckle today. Thanks young one and thanks for popping by my place last week. Sorry I was such a killjoy then. Usually I’m not such a downer. Hope to see you again soon.

    BTW- I’m a big fan of asshat myself.

  6. lime says:

    any of the variations on a douchebag theme get on my last nerve. d-bag, douche, douchebaggery, all of them.

    i’m sure i have other things i hate hearing but right now they aren’t leaping to mind.

  7. ds says:

    Not tommyrot at all (do love that word, “tommyrot”); edifying in the extreme. Personal faves include “blotto” “widdershins” and an extra helping of “Balderdash!” Sad, eh? Even sadder: last week “fisticuffs” forced its way out of my mouth whilst addressing a group of middle schoolers, thus proving that linguistically I am several centuries out-of-date. Which is why I so enjoy coming here. You keep my teeny-tiny grey cells from sloughing away through disuse. Thank you, thank you!

    Ain’t words grand. ; )

  8. geewits says:

    I love language, but with new phraseology, just like with new technology, I generally wait to see what sticks. On the other hand, I still pretty much speak like Holden Caulfield although I read that when I was 16 and it was written 10 years before I was born. Also my husband and I have a private language that we really enjoy and even text to each other. It’s a cool language because the words have different meanings depending on how you say them. It’s tricky for texting.
    I watch “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” quite often and I love the weird old Brit expressions that Spike uses.
    I noticed you used a lot of “Jersey Shore” stuff, and I can tell you that stuff will NOT stick around. I can’t even figure out how it became popular, but my best guess is what you said about “The View” (which is actually a good show if you enjoy pop culture, which I do):
    What can I say: they make me feel better about my own life in comparison.

  9. Pearl says:

    I’ve always been fond of “twitterpated”, i.e., “bird brained”.


  10. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    I have always been fond of the T’s–twit, tomfoolerey, tinkerbell, tattle-tale, tit-for-tat and totally.

  11. Pearl says:

    p.s You read “Sarum”? 🙂 Just had to stop by to say that I had, too. Liza Bean borrowed it to me. 🙂

  12. As much as I love Jazz (and I do!), I have to side with Deborah on douchebag for feminist reasons. Ditto other slang I consider to be anti-woman. I also don’t care for slang that involves asses, bowels, and such. I am squeamish by nature, although I’ll useany variant of fuck at the slightest provocation.

    Although I occasionally use archaic expressions (Jumping Jehosephat!), I don’t know that I use old slang all that often. But I do love playing with words, knowing what they mean and where they originated.

    • Jocelyn says:

      You and Deborah showed me just how far the slang usage is removed from its origin–at least with the “douchebag” word. It wasn’t until your comments that I ever thought about the source of the expression (then again, I only realized a few years ago that sunflower seeds come from sunflowers. Seriously.). It’s never offended me because I have never stepped away from its slang usage and thought about from whence it came.

      Does this mean “douchenozzle” is also demeaning? I mean, it’s not about the woman so much as the apparatus, right?

      • Ooh. Douchenozzle sounds even more demeaning somehow.

        But I’m like that – I won’t use the expression “wife beater” for those t-shirts. I won’t use “rule of thumb” because of its origin in husbands being allowed to hit women. I won’t use “bitch slap” either.

  13. Oh, this was dank. I love to holla at my peeps who, like me, enjoy sleeping in and the bitches on The View.

  14. Jess says:

    Well, I’ll be a bushel bubby badonkadonk butt!! Or not. But a skinny white girl can dream, no?

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