The world is a strange, scary place to me.
When I was a young(er), single man, I had time to meet and discuss the articles of the world which interested me. I knew then the latest “lingo” and catch phrases, simply by exposure to people who were younger and more “hip” (or is that “hep”? I can never tell) than I. I kept up with popular culture and I was able to converse with normal people in a reasonable way. It was an interesting time.
Things have changed for me. Not so much the world, I think.
I’ve been poking around the blogosphere and have discovered there’s an alarming amount of what I’ll term “Internet Speak” with which I am not familiar. That’s fine, I don’t need to go around saying things like “Hai, how R U? Ur so kewl!” No thanks.
But I’ve also found a number of terms with which I’m not familiar, and this presented the challenge of trying to decipher a couple of posts. It took a bit of diligence, trying to derive the context of the message, and a bit of Googling to solve the issue. Apparently, I’m more out of touch with modernity than I realized.
Here’s an example: I visit, upon occasion, with a friend who goes by the name of WhatIGotSoFar. An interesting fellow — sharp wit, clever posts, and even more clever comments and responses to comments left for him. I recently ran afoul of a post or two which made reference to something. I tried to figure out, based on what was said, the intent of the phrase, but failed.
The phrase? “Woo girl”.
I had no idea what a “woo” girl is. When did this phrase come into popular culture? To whom does it apply? (Is that the objective use of “who” or the subjective use? Anyone know? AnnieGirl1138, you used to teach. Which is that? Should I have used “who” or “whom” there? Ugh, annoyances!) I had no idea, and regrettably, the context of the comments — and even fellow commentators — didn’t clarify it for me. The term was bandied about in connection with a television show — I think it was How I Met Your Mother — and I wondered if, without that body of knowledge in hand, if it would be impossible to determine without asking.