This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

August 11, 2009

Obama Like That

Filed under: Research and Higher Education — Tags: , , , , — pprscribe @ 7:21 am

Hat tip to Literary Obama, from the University of California Newsroom:

Sister from another mister. Off the hezzie. Recessionista. Bromance.

When you hear undergraduates utter these and other bewildering words and phrases, are you suddenly overcome with FOMO?

Now, I don’t want to get all up in your biznatch — that is, to meddle in your business. But if the answer to the question is “full-on,” you might want to check out the latest edition of “U.C.L.A. Slang.”

Produced every four years in conjunction with an undergraduate linguistics course, the dictionary has become an institution at UCLA, where the slim volume with a yellow cover has been providing “eargasms” since 1989.

…Nouns mysteriously become verbs, as in “napster,” now slang for the verb “to interrupt,” and verbs morph into nouns, as in “epic fail,” now slang for “what a mistake!” Nouns also become adjectives, with “Obama” now used as slang for “cool or rad,” as in: You just aced that exam — you are so Obama!



  1. OH NO! Why did you post that. I mean, why did I read that. I mean, again you’ve opened up a place in my mind that I shouldn’t even entertain.

    I thought you had a job to go do *lol*. Nevertheless, I am happy that you find time to post. This post was very short but very sweet. It’s going to add to my calorie count of nonsense – to my calorie count of WTF-ness. See there, it’s started. Is that a verb or a noun or what? It’s surely not being Obama. Does he curse?

    Comment by careycarey — August 12, 2009 @ 4:22 pm

  2. Carey, read the whole article. It is very interesting. About my job—note the time stamps on my recent posts. Blogging has now become an early morning with a cuppa coffee or evening with a glass of wine activity for me. LOL!

    (And yes, I am sure the President lets a curse fly from time to time. Probably when he has gone too long during the day without a cigarette…)

    Comment by pprscribe — August 13, 2009 @ 6:55 am

  3. Good heads up! This in particular …”Cynthia Rodriguez at Lesbiatopia reviews Say It Like Obama: The Power of Speaking With Purpose and Vision by Shel Leanne. She points out that this “how-to” book,

    … does an amazing job at presenting, breaking”

    I love listening to great speakers but I could never define what it was about them that grabbed me.

    It’s interesting that “how-to” books can identify special qualities of others but I doubt they can ever give an individual “confidence” and “character” – that’s in the heart.

    That whole article was great. I have to go back and dig around.

    Comment by careycarey — August 13, 2009 @ 10:43 am

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