Saturday, 26 February 2011
Here ye Here ye, yes I wrote here ye, aren’t some words just dandy? (dandy definitely being one of them). Different words mean different things to different people. One of the funniest cartoon catch phrases for kids growing up in the 90’s is Pinky’s (‘Pinky and the Brain’) “NARF’. It's not even a word but it still manages to be awesome.
What led me to this abundance of wordage (yes wordage) was a conversation I had with my friend. I asked him what should I write about on the famed Mancouch.com and he responded with “DERF”. I knew what he meant by it but he then explained, “DERF is a great word, like BUPKISS”. As I was containing my laughter, I began my word voyage.
So lets talk about words. Some words are funny, like melancholy. Some words are just weird like pistachio. How is pistachio a name for a nut? It sounds like a “Jersey Shore” cast members last name. Joey Pistachio doesn't sound weird at all.
A person’s background, upbringing and region are all factors that aid in usage and meaning of a word. I myself always chuckled a bit when I heard the word “tease”. Of course all it meant was to make fun of someone, but in Arabic (my parents’ first language) “tease” means “ass”. Now that I’m a grown-up, I don’t think “ass” when I hear “tease but it's still “asinine”.
The best words are the older ones that haven’t been used in a long time. Ever call someone a nincompoop? How about telling someone “gazoontite” after they sneeze?
Jambi the Genie from Pee Wee’s Playhouse used a command whenever Pee Wee and his friends had a wish. “Meka Leka Hi Meka Hiney Ho" was the command and no one ever knew what it meant but any kid that grew up in the 80's/90's knew it word for word.
Companies or people invent words sometimes. The McDonald’s fast food chain adds “Mc” to most of their menu items (mcdouble, mcnuggets, mcchicken). Also Steven Colbert of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report coined the word “truthiness”.
Nowadays saying “I’ll facebook you” and “google it” isn’t weird at all. Neither are LOL, LMAO, WTF, BRB, SMH, and a personal favorite of mine, FML.
Cincinnati and New Orleans football fans have “Who Dey” and “Who Dat” respectively as team sayings. They only mean something to those people. Others could care less.
Thou who speak in Old English shall be loved and applauded by all of the Madame’s of the land. But don’t talk like that too much, it starts to feel creepy and eventually women will be scared off.
Finally, words are fun if used improperly. Lets just all use a bunch of funny sounding words together no matter what they mean.
I’ll start…Monstrous obesity prepositions crackheads belittling twinkies fervently Mancouch.
What are some words that sound funny to you?