Our #WOTD for this article is ‘rambunctious.’ Having read it on various news portals, I found the word quite intriguing.
Firstly, I like how it sounds and how easy it is to remember. When I read the word for the first time, I thought it came from British English; it just sounded like it did.
As I looked into it further, the word is actually an informal American English word, which means exuberant, lively, cheerful, boisterous. Essentially, ‘rambunctious’ is used to describe someone or something that is overly-energetic and has a cheerful manner.
My guess about the word coming from British English was not entirely baseless, however, as there is another word that has similar meaning, ‘rumbustious,’ and the latter did come from British English.
According to Merriam-Webster, ‘rumbustious’ first appeared in Britain in 1700s. It was probably based on ‘robustious,’ which could mean both ‘robust’ and ‘boisterous.’
‘Rambunctious’ began gaining popularity in the United States by 1830. At that time, the States was a fast-growing nation that encouraged the coinage of some new words and terms that represent the nation’s optimism and exuberance.
Example of ‘rambunctious’ in a sentence: “Bali beaches are packed with rambunctious people every weekend.” “The rambunctious puppies apparently chewed on one of my shoes last night.”
On the same note, ‘rambunctious’ could also carry a meaning of being too full of energy that we become noisy and unruly.
Example: “Rambunctious concert-goers caused injuries to their peers as they pushed each other to get closer to the stage.”
Fellas, have you ever lost words in the middle of a sentence and decided to use your hands to deliver the message instead? Or have you ever met someone who moves their hands a lot while talking?
In English, we have a word to describe that type of person, ‘gesticulative.’
The word ‘gesticulative’ came from late Middle English ‘gesture,’ which came from medieval Latin ‘gestura,’ which we can trace back to Latin ‘gerere,’ that means ‘bear, wield, perform.’ Hence, ‘gesture’ means ‘the use of posture and bodily movements for effect in oratory.’
Most English speakers would opt for the verb ‘to gesticulate’ or the noun ‘gesticulation,’ which is probably why it is hard to find the definition of ‘gesticulative.’
Examples: “He gesticulated a lot during the debate.” “Her gesticulation is more effective than words.”
Another similar word, which is also an adjective, is ‘gesticulatory.’ Both ‘gesticulative’ and ‘gesticulatory’ mean ‘of or relating to a gesticulation.’
Example: “He didn’t say much, not with words, at least. It was quite a gesticulative/gesticulatory conversation.” “Pardon me for being gesticulative; I was too nervous during the speech.”
Now that we have the word ‘gesticulative’ as an addition to our vocabulary, try using it on our everyday conversation to get more familiar with it.
Hello, everyone! This article is to the last one of our series on popular internet terms as of January 2021. Here are the previous articles on the series in case you missed it: PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, PART 4
REMINDER: Most of these terms are slang and SHOULD ONLY be used in an informal interaction.
That’s a you problem (phrase) Meaning: an informal way of saying ‘that’s your problem.’ Example: “I’m telling the truth and I have witnesses. If you don’t believe me, I think that’s a you problem.”
That’s just me (phrase) Meaning: an informal way of saying ‘that’s just my opinion.’ Example: “I don’t think it’s right to meet up and hang out now, but that’s just me.”
Thicc (adjective) Meaning: curvy, slightly overweight. Example: “I feel like I’d rather be thicc than being underweight.”
This could have been an email (phrase) Meaning: of a professional gathering that seems to be a waste of time. Example: “This whole meeting could have been an email.”
This isn’t even my final form (phrase) Meaning: ‘I can improve or do better than this.’ Originated from Songoku’s or any Saiyan’s transformation to a Super Saiyan in the Dragon Ball franchise. Example: “Wait, wait, wait, this isn’t even my final form. You will be shocked.”
Three much (adjective, adverb) Meaning: more exaggerated than ‘too much.’ Example: “Girl, you are really three much! Stop making a fuss.”
Throw someone under the bus (phrase) Meaning: to betray someone. It gained popularity because of the movie Mean Girls (2004) despite not being actually said on the movie and despite having been coined a long time before the movie was released. Example: “How do you expect to have loyal friends if you constantly throw them under the bus?”
Tiny (adjective) Meaning: someone or something being small and cute. Example: “She’s adorable when she speaks in tiny voice.”
Toxic (adjective) Meaning: of an environment or a person’s behaviour that could be detrimental to someone’s mental health. Example: A: “Why did you deactivate your Instagram account?” B: “No specific reason; I just think it’s become toxic.”
Trigger (noun) Meaning: something that could potentially upset someone, especially someone with mental health issues. Triggering (adjective) Meaning: upsetting. Triggered (adjective) Meaning: getting upset or worked up by something. Example: “Don’t show her this; it could trigger her.”
Unbothered (adjective) Meaning: of someone not being affected by something negative said about them. Example: “Despite the rumours, she remains unbothered.”
Unpopular opinion (noun) Meaning: an opinion that is different to the opinion of the general public, sometimes controversial. Example: “Unpopular opinion: working overtime is not something we should glorify.”
Uwu (expression) Meaning: a written version of this smiley (◡ ω ◡). Nowadays, it’s also said as a response to something adorable. Example: “I just found out that Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t know how to pronounce ‘penguin.’ I’m uwu-ing so hard right now.”
We stan (phrase) Meaning: we support. Example: “Michelle Obama is so inspirational. We stan an intelligent woman.”
Weird flex, but ok (expression) Meaning: a reaction we give to other people who act over the top or outlandishly. Example: A: “Yes, I won 500 Candy Crush levels, all with three stars!” B: “Weird flex, but ok.”
Whipped (adjective) Meaning: being obsessed or controlled, often used on someone dominated by their significant other. Example: “Getting home right after work instead of out drinking with your friends is not being whipped. It means you prioritise your family and health.”
Who hurt you? (expression) Meaning: a question we ask to someone who seems to be unreasonably upset. Example: “Did you really fight with a shop assistant just because they ask you to wear a mask? Really, who hurt you?”
Wholesome (adjective) Meaning: heartwarming or feel-good. Example: “During my lunch break, I often look at some wholesome memes. They always cheer me up.”
Wifey (noun) Meaning: an affectionate term for a husband to refer to his wife. Example: “Wifey got mad at me for leaving the front door unlocked.”
Wild (adjective) Meaning: exaggerated, extreme, over-the-top, unusual. Example: “This mukbang with living animals is so wild. I can’t watch it.”
Yeah, right (expression) Meaning: a double positive words that somehow carries a negative, sarcastic tone. Example: “You said you didn’t study but you still got an A on the math quiz. Yeah, right.”
Yee to one’s haw (noun) Meaning: something or someone that makes us feel complete. Example: “Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture is the yee to my haw. It’s a piece that can cheer me up anytime.”
Yeet (expression, verb) Meaning: an expression that was initially used to show excitement, approval, or surprise, but is now also used as an informal version of ‘to throw something away.” Example: “He accidentally yeeted his phone out of the window on the second floor.”
Zen (adjective) Meaning: a peaceful and relaxed feeling. Example: “My zen side was tested during the entire 2020.”
Hello, everyone! This article is to continue our series on popular internet terms as of January 2021. Here are the previous articles on the series in case you missed it: PART 1, PART 2, PART 3
REMINDER: Most of these terms are slang and SHOULD ONLY be used in an informal interaction.
Protec, attac… (phrase) Meaning: the intentionally misspelled version of ‘he protects, but he also attacks,’ accompanied with the third phrase that rhymes with both words. Example: He protec, he attac, but most importantly, he wants some snac.
Pumped (adjective) Meaning: excited. Example: “I’m so pumped to get 1,000 subscribers.”
Reality check (phrase) Meaning: a phrase to use to bring someone back to reality. Example: “Yes, some of us do make less than Rp 20,000 a day that we can’t barely afford decent clothes and housing. I bet it’s a reality check for you.”
Receipt (noun) Meaning: a proof of a scandal, a claim, or an accusation. Example: “Do you want me to dig up some receipts? I’m sure there’ll be plenty on the internet.”
Relatable (adjective) Meaning: a state of something that we can relate to, something we can understand, or something that can make us say, “It’s so me.” Example: “This quote is so relatable.”
Rn (adverb) Meaning: short of ‘right now.’ Example: “This song is so beautiful. I’m dying rn.”
Sadboi/sadgirl (noun) Meaning: someone who is being very open about their emotions that are usually related to a complicated love life. Example: “He’s just being a sadboi right now, always emotional.”
Sassy (adjective) Meaning: of someone, usually a woman or a girl or those identify as such, to be unapologetically bold. Example: “Sassy remarks are to be expected from her. Be prepared.”
Screen-capture (verb, noun) Meaning: to capture a screen where a piece of important information is shown. Example: “I have screen-captured this conversation. Just in case.”
Serving (verb) Meaning: providing a good look, good internet posts/contents, or good artistic material. Example: “He’s been serving us a lot of behind-the-scene from his latest movie.”
Shaking/quaking (verb) Meaning: someone or something is possibly intimidated by someone’s hidden ability or talent. Example: A: “Your acting skill is top notch. Hollywood is shaking.” B: “You’re being sarcastic.”
Shameless plug (noun) Meaning: an improperly placed promotion or advertisement. Example: “His promoting his YouTube channel on a natural-disaster-related Instagram post feels like a shameless plug to me.”
Share one braincell (phrase) Meaning: two or more people doing something silly or ridiculous together. Example: “My classmates and I shared one braincell during the exam. We literally had no idea what we were doing.”
S**t hits the fan (phrase) Meaning: something bad happens. Example: “She always does controversial things, but when s**t hits the fan, she momentarily disappears from social media.”
Sike (expression) Meaning: an incorrect spelling of the slang ‘psych’ that was popular in 1990s. It’s similar to adding ‘not’ or ‘no’ at the end of a sentence to imply sarcasm or a joke. Example: “You look good with that platinum blonde hair… Sike.”
Simp (noun, verb) Meaning: an insult for a male follower who is obsessed with and desperate to get the attention of a female social media celebrity. Example: “You bought her bath water? D**n, I didn’t know you were such a simp.”
Sketchy (adjective) Meaning: untrustworthy, disreputable, suspicious. Example: “This website seems sketchy to me. Are you sure it’s not a scam?”
Slay (verb) Meaning: to greatly impress. Example: “Mariah Carey slays with her ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You.'”
Sleep with one eye open (phrase) Meaning: to live in fear. Example: “I sleep with one eye open thanks to my overbearing boss.”
Smol (adjective) Meaning: a cute way to say ‘small.’ Example: “Look at this smol puppy.”
Snap (verb) Meaning: to do something agressively or to do something greatly. Example: “Ariana Grande snapped with her ‘Thank You, Next.'”
Snatch/steal someone’s wig (phrase) Meaning: to steal the show or to humiliate someone publicly, giving the same embarrassment to the target as literally taking off their wig. Example: “I sincerely apologise for snatching your wig, but this is what happens when you badmouth me.”
So done (adjective) Meaning: tired, bored. Example: “I’m so done with your antics. Can you go disturb someone else?”
Soft (adjective) Meaning: moved, touched. Example: “The interaction between Keanu Reeves and his fans makes me soft.”
Sploot (verb, noun) Meaning: for a pet to lie flat on a surface and stretch their back legs. A wordplay of ‘split.’ Example: “As soon as we got back from the walk, my dog sploot and smiled widely.”
Sure, Jan (expression) Meaning: something we say when we know someone is lying right to our face. Taken from the movie A Very Brady Sequel (1996). Example: “So you left me on read because your phone died? Sure, Jan.”
(Kinda) sus (adjective) Meaning: (kind of) suspicious. Example: “Do you trust her story? It seems kinda sus.”
Take the heat (phrase) Meaning: to withstand disapproval or controversies. Example: “She always causes drama, but when she gets confronted, she’s unable to take the heat herself.”
Thank you, next (expression) Meaning: the title of Ariana Grande’s 2018 hit single. Nowadays, it’s used to express that someone wants to move on from a hurtful experience. Example: “The last thing I want is to have my ex back into my life. Thank you, next!”
That didn’t age well (phrase) Meaning: of someone or something that has a negative ending despite a promising start. Example: “That actor was selected as one of the first people to get vaccinated, but he went straight into a party afterwards. That surely didn’t age well.”
Hello, everyone! This article is to continue our series on popular internet terms as of January 2021. Here are the previous articles on the series in case you missed it: PART 1, PART 2
REMINDER: Most of these terms are slang and SHOULD ONLY be used in an informal interaction.
I- (expression) Meaning: an expression that represent speechlessness. Often comes in its variation ‘I cannot,’ ‘I can’t’ or ‘I can’t even.’ Example: “I just got a notification that I won a giveaway. I-“
In Spain, but without ‘s’ (expression). Meaning: being in pain. Example: “Her crush didn’t want to go out with her. She is in Spain, but without ‘s’ right now.”
In this economy? (phrase) Meaning: we cannot carry out something because it’s a financial burden. Example: “Buying the latest phone? In this economy?”
Influencer (noun) Meaning: an internet celebrity who can possibly influence other people’s opinion or decision. Nowadays, it generally refers to someone who was relatively unknown but gradually became famous as they gained huge following on social media. Example: “Yet another influencer throwing a party in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Are they for real?”
Instant regret (phrase) Meaning: a regretful feeling that comes instantly after saying something, making a wrong decision, or doing something wrong. Example: “I bought this phone on a flash sale, but I didn’t know that it didn’t support dual SIM cards. Talk about an instant regret.”
Irl (phrase) Meaning: the abbreviation of ‘in real life,’ distinguishing our life on and off the internet. Example: “I imagine she’s not as sassy irl, but that’s just me.”
Issa (phrase) Meaning: a slang for ‘is a’ or ‘it is a.’ Example: “The football match issa fire.”
Karen (noun) Meaning: a pejorative term for women seeming to be entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is normal. Example: “I just saw a Karen arguing with a shop assistant who advised her to wear a mask.”
Leave one on read (phrase) Meaning: to leave a message on read and not send any responses. Example: “She leaves you on read all the time, man. I think it’s time you take the hint.”
…lives in one’s head rent free (phrase) Meaning: of someone not being able to forget or move on from someone else or something. Example: “His remarks live in your head rent free, but you should know he said that as a joke.”
Lost it (phrase) Meaning: losing one’s temper or not being able to control oneself. Example: “When he started raising his voice, I lost it.”
Love that for you (phrase) Meaning: ‘I’m happy for you,’ sometimes used in a sarcastic tone. Example: A: “I got this LV knockoff for $200.” B: “Love that for you.”
Lowkey (adverb) Meaning: secretly. Example: “I lowkey want to travel but I don’t want to spread the virus.”
Make it make sense (phrase) Meaning: make something clear, transparent, or comprehensible. Example: “So, you want to travel in the middle of a pandemic? Make it make sense.”
Make no mistake (phrase) Meaning: ‘do not be mistaken.’ Example: “Make no mistake, she’ll also be 10 minutes late to this meeting.”
Mess (noun) Meaning: a problem, a complicated situation. Example: “That mess is gonna be hard to clean up, especially since a lot of netizen have apparently screen-captured their Instagram stories.”
Miss me with that (nonsense) (phrase) Meaning: another way of saying ‘I don’t believe you’ or ‘I don’t buy your excuses.’ Example: “You were being honest? Miss me with that nonsense. I knew you’ve been texting other girls.”
Mom, come pick me up, I’m scared (phrase) Meaning: an expression to use when we see something scary on the internet. Originated from a scene in the movie Mean Girls (2004). Example: “Aaarrgghh, I can’t watch this horror movie trailer. Mom, come pick me up, I’m scared!”
Mood (noun) Meaning: a representation of our current state or feelings. Example: “This lazy cat is such a mood.”
Mukbang (noun) Meaning: an eating broadcast originated from South Korea to accompany those who live and eat alone. A currently popular theme for a YouTube content. Example: “How do people do mukbang and stay healthy? I’m honestly curious.”
…never gets old (phrase) Meaning: something is never boring. Example: “This joke never gets old.”
No one, literally no one (expression) Meaning: a reaction we give to something unexpected. Example: No one: … Literally no one: … Disney: ruining Mulan’s live action.
No s**t, Sherlock (expression) Meaning: a reaction to someone explaining something that’s a common fact or blatantly obvious. Example: “You eat junk food every day and now you’re complaining that you gained weight? No s**t, Sherlock.”
Nothing to write home about (phrase) Meaning: not special or distinguished enough. Example: “Yeah, my YouTube channel is monetised, but it’s nothing to write home about, yet.”
Nvm (expression) Meaning: a contraction of ‘never mind.’ Example: “Nvm, I’ll just order pizza.”
Ok, boomer (expression) Meaning: an expression commonly used by millennials and Gen-Z to mock baby-boomers and Gen-X for their outdated thinking. Example: “A woman’s place is in the kitchen. Yeah, right. Ok, boomer.”
On fleek (adjective) Meaning: looking good, perfectly done, or just about right. Example: “My eyebrows are on fleek today.”
People are sleeping on it (phrase) Meaning: people are ignoring a good content or a talented person. Example: “This song is moving, but people are sleeping on it. Wake up, people!”
Period (expression) Meaning: a simplified way of saying ‘end of a discussion.’ Example: “i was right, you were wrong. Period.”
Petition to/for… (phrase) Meaning: a phrase to demand something to be done or someone to be treated in a certain way. Example: “Petition to Netflix to have all Lord of the Rings movies on its catalogue.”
Hello, everyone! This article is to continue our series on popular internet terms as of January 2021. Here is the first article on the series in case you missed it: PART 1
REMINDER: Most of these terms are slang and SHOULD ONLY be used in an informal interaction.
Cuteness overload (phrase) Meaning: an overwhelming cuteness. Example: “Keanu Reeves playing with puppy is the definition of cuteness overload.”
Cyber-bully (verb, noun) Meaning: to bully someone on the internet or someone who bullies another person on the internet. Example: “Jesy Nelson, a former member of Little Mix, was a victim of cyber-bullying.”
Darn, dang (expression) Meaning: somewhat more polite versions of d*mn. Example: “Dang it, I lost the Wi-Fi connection.”
Deplatform (verb) Meaning: to take away someone’s privilege of using a certain social media platform, usually after a series of dangerous, misleading, provocative, abusive, or life-threatening posts. Example: “I think Twitter did the right thing by deplatforming the president.”
Did I stutter? (phrase) Meaning: ‘Do I need to repeat myself?’ or ‘Do I look like I’m kidding?’ Example: A: “I want everything to be done by 5 PM today.” B: “But…” A: “Did I stutter?”
Doomscrolling/doomsurfing (verb) Meaning: the act of consuming a large quantity of negative online news at once. Example: “Stop doomscrolling. It’s not good for your health.”
Don’t @ me (phrase) Meaning: ‘Don’t tag me’ or ‘I don’t want to argue with you on this matter.’ Example: “I like pineapple on my pizza. Don’t @ me.”
Drama (noun) Meaning: any scandal or controversial event, sometimes steeming from a trivial argument. Example: “This influencers drama is giving me a headache. I think I’ll just unfollow them.”
Drama queen (noun) Meaning: a gender-neutral term to refer to someone who is overly dramatic. Example: “Don’t be such a drama queen. You only lost a dozen of followers. So what?”
Eboi/egirl (noun) Meaning: a popular internet boy or girl. Example: A: “Does playing online games a lot automatically make me an egirl?” B: “No, unless there is a horde of simps following all of your online activities.”
Edgy (adjective) Meaning: daring, bold, and sometimes controversial. Example: “How to be edgy on social media 101: have an unpopular opinion.”
Everybody gangsta until… (phrase) Meaning: everybody is emotionally strong and stable before they see something that could shake them. Example: “Everybody gangsta until they check their bank account.”
Fake (adjective) Meaning: someone acting not as what they preach or advertise to be. Example: “Be careful of fake friends. They could always throw you under the bus.”
Flex (verb, noun) Meaning: to show off or something that we can show off. Example: “I got an A on the math quiz. I’m gonna flex it on social media.”
Flipping, freaking (adverb) Meaning: alternatives to f**king. Example: “She’s so freaking smart!”
Flying wig/snatched wig (expression) Meaning: expressing surprise or shock. Example: “Things that fly: birds, planes, and our wigs.”
Fr (adverb) Meaning: short of ‘for real,’ meaning ‘seriously.’ Example: “You scared me just now, fr.”
Get a life (phrase) Meaning: to start doing something meaningful in life. Example: “Bruh, stop scrolling through your ex’ Instagram posts and go get a life.”
…gets me every time (phrase) Meaning: something gives us a strong feeling or emotion, no matter how old it is or how often we see or hear it. Example: “Queen’s Love of My Life gets me every time. It reminds me of my mother, who loved the song.”
…gives me everything/gives me life (phrase) Meaning: something makes me happy. Example: “Stray Kids’ Hyunjin’s blonde hair gives me everything.”
Go off, sis (phrase) Meaning: a gender-neutral phrase to tell someone to express their feelings or emotions through ranting. Example: “I don’t think I did anything wrong, but yeah, go off, sis!”
Gurl (noun) Meaning: an informal version of ‘girl,’ often used in an admonishing tone. Example: “Gurl, what is you doing?” (Yes, the grammatical error is often intentional).
Happiness noise/happy … noises (phrase) Meaning: a phrase originated from a mid-sneeze husky meme. Used to describe joy. Example: “She squealed with happy girlie noises when she got a text back from her crush.”
…has left the chat (phrase) Meaning: someone or something has disappeared. Example: “I just saw a gif of Stray Kids’ Felix. Now my soul has left the chat.”
…has seen things (phrase) Meaning: someone or something has witnessed bad things happen, usually to the extent of getting traumatised. Example: “This cat has seen things.”
Hecc (expression) Meaning: a somewhat more polite alternative to hck or hll. Example: “What the hecc is happening?”
Henlo (expression) Meaning: a pet’s owner way of saying ‘hello.’ Example: “Henlo, this is Coconut Rice Bear (a Samoyed that is popular on the internet).”
Highkey (adverb) Meaning: obviously. Example: “In this day and age, I highkey want to stay at home as much as possible.”
Hubby (noun) Meaning: an affectionate way for a wife to call her husband. Example: “Oh, my hubby calls. I’m sorry, can I get this? This must be important.”
I’ll give you that/I’ll give it to you (phrase) Meaning: another way of saying ‘I’ll give you credits for it’ or ‘I applaud you for it.’ Example: “You did finish your task on time, I’ll give it to you, but I think you can do better than this.”
Every now and again, we take a deep look into words that are commonly used by netizen (internet users) and compile them, because most of them are slang or have different meanings with their official meanings on the dictionary. You can have a look at our mid-2018 compilation HERE.
Here is our January 2021 compilation. Some of these terms may have been trendy before 2021 and some of them may have become less popular by now.
REMINDER: Most of these terms are slang and SHOULD ONLY be used in an informal interaction.
10 out of 10 would recommend (phrase) Meaning: something is so good and we would recommend it to other people. Example: “This sandwich is perfect. 10 out of 10 would recommend.”
Adulting (verb, noun) Meaning: doing things that grown up people do. Example: “I want to go back to my youth and not worry about rent and stuff. Adulting sucks.”
Aesthetic (adjective) Meaning: concerning beauty or the appreciation of beauty. Often typed as ‘a e s t h e t i c’ to give a dramatic effect. Example: A: “Why did you delete so many of your Instagram posts?” B: “I like to keep my feed aesthetic.”
And I oop-/anna oop-/oof (phrase) Meaning: a phrase popularised by Jasmine Masters. Used in the same sense as ‘oops’, especially when reacting to other people’s mistakes or blunders. It’s also sometimes written ‘anna oop-‘ or ‘oof.’ Example: A: “That celebrity went to a party right in the middle of a pandemic.” B: “And I oop-“
…and stuff (phrase) Meaning: an informal way of saying ‘and everything (else)’ or ‘and so on.’ Example: “With you getting upset and stuff, it’s so hard for me to tell the truth.”
Angy (adjective) Meaning: a cute way to say ‘angry.’ Often goes as, “No talk me I’m angy.” Example: “He scares me when he angy.”
Atm (adverb) Meaning: ‘at the moment.’ Not ‘authorised teller machine’ (ATM). Example: “I’m busy atm. Can I call you back later?”
Badmouth (verb) Meaning: to speak ill about someone behind their back. Example: “I’m done with those who badmouthed me. Thank you, next!”
Bebe (noun) Meaning: baby. From the French word ‘bébé’ with the same meaning. Example: “A bebe Samoyed (dog breed) looks like a stuffed bear.”
Beef (noun, verb) Meaning: a problem, an argument, or a fight, or to argue or to fight, especially via the internet or social media platforms. Example: “Nicki Minaj and Cardi B were constantly beefing.”
Be like (phrase) Meaning: an informal form of ‘to say’ or ‘to give a certain reaction.’ Example: “I was like, ‘Why are you so obsessed with me?'” – Mariah Carey.
Begpacker (noun) Meaning: a portmanteau of ‘beg’ and ‘backpacker,’ used to refer to a backpacker who travels without sufficient fund to what’s considered as a third world country, mostly in Southeast Asia, and then begs their way to fund the trip or the flight home. Example: “Read this The Guardian’s article on begpackers. It’s quite interesting.”
Big … energy (phrase) Meaning: of someone or something radiating or exuding confidence or of someone or something having remarkable similarity to someone or something else. Example: “I feel like having big 90s boy band energy with my new haircut.”
Bish (noun) Meaning: another version of the b-word. Example: “That’s right, bish, don’t mess with me.”
Boop (verb, noun) Meaning: affectionately touching a dog’s nose. Example: “Who’s a good boi? Here’s a boop for you!”
Bop (noun) Meaning: a good song. Example: “God’s Menu by Stray Kids is such a bop!”
Brb dying (phrase) Meaning: ‘Be right back, I’m dying.’ Used in a joking manner to react to something of top quality or adorable. Example: “This Joker scene compilation from The Dark Knight (2008) is everything. Brb dying.”
Bruh (noun, expression) Meaning: a new version of ‘bro,’ but used in a tone of surprise, shock, or disapproval. Example: A: “Bro, I’m so sorry, I accidentally stepped on your cat’s tail.” B: “Bruh, WTF. Is the cat okay?”
Bye, Felicia (expression) Meaning: an expression from the movie Friday (1995), that means ‘to bid farewell to someone whom we dislike.’ Example: “Alright, I gotta go now. Bye, Felicia!”
Byelingual (adjective) Meaning: of a person who is bilingual but struggling with both languages. Example: “That moment when you mix up English and French… Byelingual!”
Cancel culture (noun) Meaning: a situation when we stop supporting a company or a famous person due to their objectionable or offensive act. Example: “Cancel culture doesn’t work for her as she has a lot of fans who condone everything she says or does.”
Cash grab (noun) Meaning: a product released by big corporations, often in a collaboration with celebrities or influencers, that is often overpriced but of average quality, underwhelming, or unnecessary. Example: “This lipstick is a cash grab; you can buy similar products from any brand with much cheaper price.”
Catfish (noun, verb) Meaning: social media pictures or personas that do not match one’s real life, usually with the intention of deceiving or luring someone else into a relationship. Example: “I got catfished by that girl I met online. Our first meeting irl was so awkward because she looked nothing like her Instagram pictures.”
Chef’s kiss (phrase) Meaning: referring to a chef who kisses their fingers after tasting a special cuisine. Nowadays, it is used to describe something that is perfectly done. Example: “A Star Is Born (2018) was excellent. Lady Gaga’s voice is just chef’s kiss.”
Chile (expression) Meaning: chill, relax. Example: A: “I can’t believe that influencer stole your artwork and credited it as hers.” B: “Chile, I’ll ask her about it.”
Choose your fighter (phrase) Meaning: to pick between two or more equally strong contenders, which can be people, pictures, memes, or anything else. Example: “Pineapple on pizza or fried chicken with chocolate sauce. Choose your fighter.”
Clickbait (noun, verb) Meaning: a misleading or exaggerated title of an internet post, usually created to gain traffic or engagement. Example: “Some of his YouTube video titles are pure clickbait. They don’t represent the contents of the videos at all.”
Content warning/trigger warning (noun) Meaning: a warning at the beginning of an internet content to inform the audience that the content could put someone in a distress. Often abbreviated as CW/TW. Example: “Content warning/trigger warning: containing domestic violence.”
Covidiot (noun) Meaning: a person who ignores health protocols like refusing to wear a mask during COVID-19 pandemic. Example: “Don’t be such a Covidiot and put other people at risk. Wear your mask.”
(Content) creator (noun) Meaning: someone who creates an internet content. Example: “When I asked my niece what her dream was, she said she wanted to be a YouTube content creator. I was shook.”
Hi, hello, everyone, how was this year’s first Monday?
As I did not go anywhere and did not do anything, to me it felt like a regular working day.
On this article, we are going to discuss one question that came in through our DM. Remember that you can ask us anything by mentioning us or sending us DM, and we will try our best to answer it. However, if the answer is easily found on Google (e.g., the meaning of certain words), we would suggest you to look it up first.
The question that we received is: “Is there any other use of suffix -ing aside of progressive tenses?”
The answer is yes. Suffix -ing has several uses apart from modifying a verb in a progressive tense.
Gerund Suffix -ing is used to form a gerund, which is a verb that functions as a noun. Example: “I like drinking a glass of milk before bedtime.” ‘Drinking’ here is a gerund, whilst the verb is ‘like.’
Noun Oftentimes, suffix -ing is used to modify a verb to form a verbal noun. Example: “She lives in a nice apartment building.” ‘Building’ is a verbal noun.
What is the difference between gerund and noun, then, when they are both made of verbs that have suffix -ing?
Here is a tip to differentiate them. A gerund retains its verb-like properties, i.e., there is still work being done by the gerund. It could have an object, too.
Let’s take a look again at the gerund section that I tweeted above. “I like drinking a glass of milk…”
Even though ‘drinking’ has become a noun, there is still an action attached to it. Its object is ‘a glass of milk.’
Meanwhile, on the second example, there is the noun ‘a nice apartment building.’ There is no action involved with the word ‘building’ in the sentence, which makes it a verbal noun.
Adjective Suffix -ing can also be used to form an adjective. Example: “The exam is exhausting.” The original verb is ‘to exhaust’. With suffix -ing, it became the adjective ‘exhausting.’
We turned 10 years old, fellas! On 2 January 2011, we started sharing English knowledge via Twitter. Thank you all for joining us in this incredible journey!
As today is our 10th anniversary, we are going to share some words related to anniversary.
Anniversary (of course) This word specifically refers to a celebration or a commemoration of a certain annual event. This means ‘anniversary’ is only correct if used in regards to an event that is celebrated every year. Example: “This year, my parents will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.”
Lately, we have seen the use of ‘anniversary’ to commemorate something that happens monthly or even weekly, such as, “Happy 10th month anniversary!”
I’m not saying that it is wrong. Some English speakers do use ‘anniversary’ in that sense, informally. However, if we look into the origin of the word ‘anniversary’, we will realise that there is only one correct way to use it. ‘Anniversary’ came from Latin words ‘annus’ (year) and ‘versus’ (turning).
So, what are the equivalents for monthly or even weekly celebration?
Mensiversary This word came from Latin ‘mēnsis’ (month) and ‘versus’ (turning). ‘Mensiversary’ is currently the most popular option for monthly celebration. The alternatives are ‘monthsary’, ‘monthiversary’, ‘monthaversary’, ‘luniversary’, or ‘lunaversary.’ The last two words, ‘luniversary’ and ‘lunaversary’ came from Latin word ‘luna’, which means moon.
Hebdomadariversary It is quite a mouthful, isn’t it? It is proposed as the word to use to commemorate a weekly event. It came from the late Latin word ‘hebdomadal’ (lasting seven days). If you find it hard to pronounce, ‘weekaversary’ is a good option.
Jubilee A jubilee is a celebration every 25 years, but it is now also used on the 60th and 70th anniversary. The 25th anniversary is called silver jubilee, the 50th called gold, the 60th called diamond, the 70th called platinum.
@ndyahforentina: Time flies. Thank you for being my best friend during my college till now. I always learn something new from you. My favorite tweets are about English Trivia. Stay safe and healthy, Mimiin. Keep it up!
“I have been …-ing for two hours.” Which word is the correct one to fill the blank, fellas? ‘Wait’ or ‘await’?
“I’m …-ing your response.” ‘Wait’ or ‘await’?
On this article, we are going to discuss the difference between ‘to wait’ and ‘to await’.
Essentially, ‘to await’ goes in line with ‘to wait for’. It requires an object. However, the object is often an inanimate object (Indonesian: benda mati). For example, we can say: “I’m awaiting a letter from my family.” But we cannot say: “I’m awaiting you.”
Meanwhile, it’s correct to say: “I’m waiting for a letter from my family.” Or: “I’m waiting for you.”
You might be thinking, “But, isn’t the first example use ‘waiting for’?”
Keep in mind that the phrasal verb ‘to wait for’ can also be used to indicate the duration. So, ‘waiting for two hours’ doesn’t necessarily signify we are expecting those two hours to come.
Another difference is that ‘to await’ is considered more formal than ‘to wait for.’ For example, at the end of our work-related email, we could write, “I’m awaiting your response.” It has the same formality as, “I’m looking forward to hearing from you.”
The last but not least, we often find ‘to wait’ paired with other verbs in the same sentence. Example: “I’m waiting in line to board the plane now.” There is the verb ‘to board’ aside of ‘to wait.’
Once again, we are going to complete our movement around the sun. Many of us might be looking back to major events in 2020 and looking forward to what we are going to do in 2021.
Entering a new year is not complete without a list of new year’s resolutions. Looking back now, there were so many things I planned to do in 2020 that didn’t happen, but I’m grateful that I’m healthy. I’m also happy that many people have started receiving Coronavirus vaccine.
I’m also delighted that one of my 2020 resolutions did come true: maintaining healthy lifestyle and losing weight. If we think about it, physical and mental health should still be our priority, whether there is a pandemic or not.
Today, I’m going to share tips on how to make our new year’s resolutions stick.
Changes on habits are more likely to stick It’s easy to say we are going to lose 25 kilograms by the end of next year, but we also need to think about how we are going to get there. By changing our habits (e.g.: eating habits, moving and exercising frequently), we might not see an instant result, but our body will adjust itself to the new habits and the positive changes we expected will naturally come out. It will also benefit us in the long run.
Make commitments We should realise that whatever positive changes come with the need to commit, and we owe it to ourselves to make those commitments. However, if committing to oneself is still hard, we can start by asking other people to keep us accountable.
Big goals, small steps Make big goals but break it down to small steps to achieve them. Let’s say we want to improve our vocabulary. Start with learning a new word every day by writing it down, finding its meaning, and using it on our daily conversation.
Focus on how far we’ve come We can easily lose sight of our goals on the long and winding journey. When it happens, take a moment to look back and remember how far we’ve come and how many ups and downs we’ve been through.
Pat ourselves on the back Even if we come to the end of the year not meeting our goals, think of all the positive impacts we have gained through the process. Let’s say we only managed to lose 20 kilograms but we can run for 2-3 kilometres easily. Not bad, right?
“I feel like my whole body is aching. Like, it’s literally painful from head to toe. I’m literally dying right now. Like, I don’t even know how to like describe it.”
How do you feel about the previous passage, fellas?
I personally found it tiring, because we used so many ‘likes’ and ‘literally.’ Both words are what we call fad or trendy words and they still reign supreme until today. In fact, we might have been overusing them for maybe more than a decade.
Usually, a word became trendy or overused when there is a major event that introduced it, such as the Coronavirus pandemic. With such a worldwide impact, it’s a given that the words related to the pandemic are used a lot. ‘Lockdown,’ ‘social distancing,’ and ‘quarantine’ are amongst them. In Indonesia, we have ‘new normal’ and ‘health protocols.’
When the event is finished and the trend dies down, the initially overused words will also be used less. So, what is it about ‘like’ and ‘literally’ that we love using them so much?
Let’s start with ‘like.’ I observed that most people use it as a filler because they haven’t found the next word. It’s similar to ‘umm,’ ‘err,’ or ‘you know.’
How do we avoid using it? First, we should recognise that we are using it a lot.
I noticed that I used ‘like’ a lot when I was on online meetings. As I was not able to face my colleagues or show any hand movement to them, I felt as if I need to speak constantly to show that I was still active in the meeting. Since then, I’ve learned how to pause and arrange my thoughts before saying what I have to say. This could be done by writing down what I am going to say before the meeting starts. Not only will I make the meeting more effective, I can also deliver a clear message.
Now, we move on to the second word, ‘literally.’ I think it’s becoming more and more unclear to us as to when we should use this word. For example, we might say, “I’m literally going to explode,” whilst we are nowhere near the possibility of an explosion. The reason we use ‘literally’ a lot is that because we are trying to find an intensifier or trying to exaggerate what we are saying but we are not sure of which word to use.
‘Literally’ is then often used alongside words with figurative meaning (Indonesian: makna kiasan), whereas it should be used to describe a literal state of something or someone.
Why do we need to be cautious with these words? Too many filler words or intensifiers will somehow weaken our points and bring about a difficulty to send our message across, especially in a professional environment.
Thanks to a new commercial of a certain online marketplace, I discovered a new song that immediately got me hooked, God’s Menu by Stray Kids, which includes the line, “Cookin’ like a chef, I’m a 5-star Michelin…”
The song is such an earworm; I can’t get it out of my head. Now, whether KPop is your cup of tea or not, most of us at least have read or heard about Michelin, a French multinational tyre manufacturer. So, what does a tyre manufacturer have to do with cooking and chefs?
In my opinion, the song is trying to say that Stray Kids is a KPop group that creates music that is one of its kind, just like cooking a special cuisine. The line is a reference to Michelin Guide and its stars, and this is our topic for today.
In 1900, brothers Édouard and André Michelin, who were the founders of car tyre manufacturer Michelin, published a book called Michelin Guide, which was basically a travelling guide for car owners to essential services and points of interest all across France, to respond to the increasing demand of cars.
The book quickly became popular amongst travellers, with several editions for other nations soon followed the French one. The first ever English version was published in 1909.
The publication of the Michelin Guide was temporarily suspended during the first World War. After seeing how the Guide was used as a prop up for a workbench, Michelin decided to charge for it (the Guide had initially been distributed for free).
Over the years, Michelin noticed the increasing popularity of the restaurant section, which then prompted the company to recruit a team of inspectors to visit and review the restaurants anonymously. The restaurant owners were not aware of the inspectors, nor were they aware of being inspected.
The restaurants that managed to impress the inspectors are then awarded with ‘Michelin star’: – One star means a very good restaurant in its category – Two stars mean excellent cooking, worth a detour – Three stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
The 3-star restaurants are on the highest tier. This group consists of restaurants that are worth a special trip by themselves, or in other words, we visit the area just to go to the restaurants. It is considered a great honour to be featured and awarded a star, even though there are some controversies as well. There are several editions of the Guide published in Europe, Asia, and America, and there are even editions for major cities in the continents.
As the Guide is published regularly, the restaurant list is also regularly updated. In France, there is always such an anticipation before the latest edition of Michelin Guide is published, one that is said to rival Academy Awards.
Basically, there hasn’t been a 5-star Michelin restaurant yet, but I still think it’s a nice song.
I hope you enjoy this brief article. Stay safe and healthy!
We talked about puns before. A pun is a form of word play that exploits multiple meanings of a term, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. Check our previous article on puns HERE.
Today, we are going to discuss several different types of puns. Let’s get into it!
Homophonic pun A homophonic pun is a pun that uses words that sound alike, but they have different spellings and meanings. Example: “I should have known that I could not finish my dinner. That was a huge mis-steak.” Explanation: The speaker did not realise the steak would come in a huge portion; so the speaker thought that they made a mistake in ordering it. Mis-steak sounds similar to mistake.
Homographic pun (also called heteronymic pun) A homographic pun uses words that are spelled the same but have different meanings. Example: “Time flies like an arrow, while fruit flies like a banana.” Explanation: The first part of the sentence refers to how fast time passes, by saying that it ‘flies.’ The second part of the sentence also uses ‘flies,’ but here the word refers to the insect fruit flies, that like a banana.
Homonymic pun A homonymic pun uses words that are both homophones (have the same sound) and homographs (have the same spelling). The words could also have the same meaning. Example: “An elephant’s opinion carries a lot of weight.” Explanation: An elephant has a lot of weight, so it is assumed that its opinion also does.
Compound pun A compound pun has more than one pun in a sentence. Example: “Never scam in a jungle as the cheetahs are always spotted.” Explanation: There are two words that are punny: scam and spotted. ‘Scam’ means swindling someone out of their money, but it could also mean ‘hustling or moving in a hurry.’ ‘The cheetahs are always spotted’ means the cheetahs are always seen in the jungle and they have spots on their coats. So, this compound pun means we must be careful in the jungle, otherwise we will get chased by the cheetahs.
Recursive pun A recursive pun is a pun that we can only understand by knowing the origin of it. Example: “May the Fourth be with you.” Explanation: This sentence is a modification of Star Wars’ famous line ‘May the Force be with you.’
Visual pun A visual pun uses visual cues, whether it is a drawing or a symbol. Example: “I think you’re fantastic (Fanta-stick).” Picture credit: on the picture
Have you ever heard or read this sentence, fellas? It’s usually directed to people who have skills or styles that are a little outlandish or out-of-the-box.
‘To flex’ in the sense of bragging about personal things is an informal expression that means showing off or flaunting something (Indonesian: pamer). According to Urban Dictionary, it dates back as far as 2004.
When did ‘flexing’ start becoming popular? The word gains popularity thanks to one of Rae Sremmurd’s songs, No Flex Zone (2014). Until today, it is one of the most used internet slangs, partly thanks to flexing culture.
Now, what is flexing culture? It is an competition to show off expensive things (gadget/electronic devices, clothings, jewelleries, merchandise, etc.), lavish lifestyle, places we recently visited, or our fine dining experience to our circle of friends and family, particularly on social media, in order to seem wealthy and up-to-date and to increase our social standing.
Many articles have pointed out the psychological effects of flexing culture; some of them are the need to always compete, the replacement of self-worth and self-esteem with material things, unhealthy coping mechanism, and unnecessary spending, but I guess it all comes back to us whether we let ourselves be affected or not.
Let us know what you think about flexing and flexing culture on the comment section below.
Two days ago, we talked about oxymoron, which is a figure of speech that is made of two or more words with contradictory meaning. If you want to read the article on oxymoron, CLICK HERE.
Today, we are going to talk about its sibling, paradox. Both have similar features and are often mixed up.
What is a paradox? The word paradox came from Latin word ‘paradoxum’, which came from Greek word ‘paradoxon’, which means ‘contrary to expectation.’
Just as an oxymoron, a paradox is also a figure of speech. Furthermore, it is a rhetorical device that seems to contradict itself, but actually has some truth to it.
Does this confuse you, fellas? To put it simply, a paradox is a statement that is logical but contrary to our expectation.
“The only constant thing is change (Indonesian: satu-satunya hal yang tidak pernah berubah adalah perubahan).” Explanation: nothing in life is constant, except change. Change happens all the time, to everything, and to everyone, which makes it constant.
“Failure leads to success (Indonesian: kegagalan adalah sukses yang tertunda).” Explanation: by failing over and over again, it means we keep trying and it might mean that someday we will be successful.
“Social media brought us apart and brought us together (Indonesian: media sosial mendekatkan yang jauh dan menjauhkan yang dekat).” Explanation: focusing on social media often makes us ignore the people who are physically present around us.
“The more you learn, the less you know (Indonesian: seperti padi, semakin berisi, semakin merunduk).” Explanation: the more knowledgeable we are, the more we will realise that there are so many things of which we have little knowledge.
“The enemy of my enemy is my friend (Indonesian: musuh dari musuh saya adalah sekutu saya).” Explanation: meeting another enemy could easily make someone our enemy, too, but sometimes they can become our friend out of a mutual dislike towards someone else.
How do paradox and oxymoron differ? How do we differentiate a paradox and an oxymoron when we see them in a sentence? The key is to remember that an oxymoron is made of words that have opposite meanings, while a paradox is a collection of words that contradicts itself. Check our sources below for complete reading.
Are you familiar with the word ‘oxymoron’, fellas? No, it has very little to do with the m-word except that they both came from the same Greek word mōros, which means ‘foolish’.
Oxymoron came from the Greek word oksús, which means ‘sharp’, ‘keen’, or ‘pointed’, and mōros which means ‘foolish’. So, it directly translates to ‘sharply (or smartly) foolish’.
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an oxymoron (plural form ‘oxymorons’ or the less used ‘oxymora’) is a combination of contradictory words. Based on the literal meanings from the two Greek words, an oxymoron is autological or homological, which means the meaning of the word applies to itself, i.e.: an oxymoron is also an oxymoron.
Simply put, an oxymoron is a figure of speech (or ‘majas’ in Indonesian) made of two or more words that have opposite meanings.
Bittersweet (‘bitter’ and ‘sweet’ have opposite meanings). “Such a bittersweet feeling overwhelms me whenever I think about the good old days.”
Living dead (‘living’ and ‘dead’ have opposite meanings). “I’m so tired of movies with zombies or the living dead.”
Deafening silence (‘deafening’ means making someone deaf because of how loud the sound is, whilst ‘silence’ means a situation where there is no sound). “The silence that followed the brief speech was deafening.”
Pretty awful (‘pretty’ and ‘awful’ are contradictory in meanings, but ‘pretty’ is used here as an intensifier, to strengthen the word ‘awful’). “The singer sounds pretty awful; I think he should never give up his day job.”
Love-hate (‘love’ and ‘hate’ are contradictory). “I have a love-hate relationship with social media; can’t live with it, can’t live without it.”
It’s pretty easy, isn’t it? The purpose of using figures of speech like oxymorons is to make your language output (writing, speaking) more colourful. Can you mention other examples of oxymorons, fellas?
@Keystone_Eng: I like: Act naturally! A small crowd It’s your only choice
@NituYumnam: ~ pretty ugly ~ social distancing ~ cleverly stupid