Every day we are adding words into the English language.
Trying to keep up with what people are saying and how they are saying it and what it all even means can be a little overwhelming.
Just ask Webster.
Here’s a few examples to try to work into your vocabulary if you want to sit at the cool table at lunch.
“On fleek” meaning on point, perfect.
As in “Girl….your eyebrows are amazing….they are so on fleek.”
“Obvi” meaning short for obvious.
As in “Your hair looks incredible.”
“Humblebrag” meaning trying to sound like you aren’t really all about yourself when the entire point of your statement is to point out how awesome you are in conversation.
As in “I think I need to get a hobby. I just have too much time on my hands and I’m so organized and it’s totally embarrassing that my house is so perfect and picked up all the time.”
(Sounds like humblebrag to me). 🙂
Yesterday I met a new word.
My son introduced me to it.
We were walking into the mall to get new school clothes and he turned to me and said, “Can we go into the sporting goods store? I really need new athletic shorts and some new basketball shoes and a few t-shirts.”
“Oh….and I don’t really want any jorts this year.”
What in the world were jorts and why would anyone even have those on their back-to-school shopping list and had we bought them in the past and I somehow missed the transaction?
And at the risk of sounding like a mom, I asked the obvious.
“What are jorts?” I said.
“You know, mom,” he said as he ran and jumped to touch the top of the doorway. “Jean shorts. Jorts. Get it?”
I think it was the quizzical look on my face that made him pausing his jumping and running and occasional assessing his hair in the store window to explain.
“It’s like this. You know when people wear shorts that are kind of long and right above the knees and they are jean? Those are called jorts.” he repeated patiently with all the wisdom of a teenager who speaks slang to someone who just wants to go school shopping and then stop for a sweet tea at Chick-fil-A.
“And when the jean shorts are shorter and the pockets kind of hang out….those are called jorties.”
“Oh,” I said with the light of learning dawning on my face. “Jeans + shorts = jorts. Jeans + shorter shorts = jorties. I get it.”
And then I paused.
“But what about longer pants made of denim? What do they call those?” I asked.
I could feel the eye roll across the mall.
“Those pants? Longer pants? Really, mom.” he sighed and checked his hair in the window. “Those are called jeans.”
Why didn’t I think of that?
It’s so obvi. 🙂