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Friday, 24 January 2014

Flotsam and Jetsam and other Useless Meanings.

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The other day I was putting together a vignette of some various flotsam and jetsam ..... Actually no I wasn't.
The truth is I just went to a lot of effort to Google those two words and the wanker in me has been dying to use them in conversation but I kind of got sick of waiting for something of any relevance so I decided to just go ahead and use it anyway... or something like that.

Truth be told, I actually had to Google those words to see what they officially meant, as I was tired of seeing them used in magazines and having no real idea what they were.

Do you ever do that, resort to Google to not only check the spelling of a word but to find out the meaning of something so you don't look like a total social moron?

I hope so, otherwise I have just made my self look like complete tool on the internet.... again.

I blame my mother for my overuse of Google (sorry Mum). 

Ever since I was a kid I have had a habit of using the wrong words in conversations, or using a word incorrectly and my Mum was always (and still is) telling me to look up the meaning of the word up in the dictionary before I try to use it. She has a good point though as I am notorious for just guessing the meaning by how the word sounds phonetically and I am usually about as accurate with my guessing as my boys are with their toilet aim.

Faux pas is NOT pronounced "Fox Pass" as I embarrassingly discovered a few years ago after I said Fox Pass to a marketing director at my previous job. Even worse is that the conversation took place around a table of executives who all bore witness to my humiliation and further added to it by laughing, snorting and not letting me live it down for my entire career with that company.

And then there is twerking for example. I had NO idea what it was, but determined to not look like a moron in front of my kids I Googled it and found Miley's version. 

My eyes have not yet recovered.

I was actually kind of pleased to discover when I stumbled upon this article from the TIME magazine website, that "What is Twerking" was the number 1 searched thing on Google in 2013. I'm guessing that's a lot of clueless parents trying to avoid being labelled moronic by their kids.

Here's the full Top 10 list of "What is" people Googled in 2013 and you can check the original article for the answers here.

What is Twerking
What is Ricin
What is DOMA
What is Molly
What is Gluten
What is Sequestration
What is Obamacare
What is Lupus
What is Snapchat
What is Bitcoin
What have you had to Google lately?