Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Slang

I had a dream last night in which I invented a new colloquialism, and I'd like to nominate it for wider use:

bert  | brt |
adjective
unexpectedly good : check it out–those culottes are bert | I didn't think I was going to like the movie, but it was totally bert.

On the internet one may write brt or, simply, <{:-|

Also, can we consider making "doin' the pigeon" a euphemism for something?  Thanks.

18 comments:

Pop-Monkey said...

Adam, your dream just came true! Consider that colloquialism invented! I like it -- "Bert" it is.

If Bert is unexpectedly good, then what's an "Ernie"?

Adam Rex said...

My first impression is that "ernie" should mean "1. having initial appeal that fades over time: that pop song is ernie.
2. less appealing over time: that joke is getting a little ernie.

I'm showing my preferences here–as a kid I loved Ernie, thought he was hilarious, but now I see an old Sesame Street sketch and think, "Man, give Bert a break, he's just trying to read." Predictably, I also used to think Bert was a real stick in the mud, by now he's my stick in the mud.

Pop-Monkey said...

That makes perfect sense -- and I share your feelings about Bert. Sometimes you just want to read a book without your orange roommate bellowing odes to his bath-toys.

Brian Biggs said...

Ernie: I was thinking it was more like a feeling, like, optimistically gloomy. "I'm feeling just a little ernie today."

Adam Rex said...

Hmm, that works too. And your meaning fits the sound of the word better.

Nina Crittenden said...

I'll do my best to see if I can spread the word here in Minnesota for you!

Anonymous said...

those new worda are totally burt!

S.M.Vidaurri said...

I am glad to see that, by Mr. Rex's definition, something can start as being Bert, then eventually become Ernie.

I thought that's the way it should go.

Savage said...

This post is bert. I don't know if guys want to be known for doin' the pigeon.

Lee Erickson said...

Two options for your consideration.

1. ernie | erne: second best. "Sally's ernie, but she's no bert."

2. ernie | erne: leveraging an association with a noted expert to look good by comparison. "Do you see that? John's trying to ernie off of Sam's bert."

>:)

rcebpuppers37 said...

That is so bert dude! I think that it's one of those phrases that might get a bit ernie, though, a little like "the cat's pajamas"

Dad said...

doin' the pigeon | duin the pgon |
phrase
Strutting around acting self-important.

As in "That guy thinks he is so Bert; look at him doin the pigeon.

matt said...

I'm trying to think of the right combination for ernie, but nothing works as well as <{:-|

I think this will catch on. And obviously, saddle shoes are bert. And playing checkers with a pigeon is way bert.

Monica said...

ok.. your art is totally bert, Adam Rex.

I will do my best to spread this slang throughout Canada.(I should warn you, tho, i'm not particularly cool, so this might be difficult for me.)

theresa said...

Strangely enough, 'bertie' is slang here in Ireland for 'really good'. It comes from the name of the former taoiseach (prime minister) Bertie Ahern. So you'd say 'I went out last night. It was bertie.' It's falling out of use now though, with our new taoiseach having a new name and with bertie falling out of favour due to bribery etc...

Just thought you'd like to know! :D

Adam Rex said...

Hey, that's cool, Theresa! If asked I can always pretend my word is a muddling of yours.

How do you pronounce "taoiseach?" I know better than to try to guess when it comes to Irish.

tjh said...

I've begun using "bert" around my kindergartener in hopes it replaces "snap"

...sowing the seeds...

ps. my captcha looks pretty cool today as well..."subundl"

Andi said...

My mate went to a party that was totally ernie so he called to have me pick him up but, when I got there, he was already gone! Alas that was bert since he ended up doin' the pigeon and I would have hated to mess up my car...