I’m a bit of a wordsmith. I like language and linguistics. But it never ceases to amaze me the language that the millennials have developed. I can sometimes surmise what context they mean it in, but not always.
Here’s just one example of a new-to-me word:
Booschgee – I don’t even know how one would spell it. Phonetically it’s a little like the word booze, but with a ch-g-cha at the end, then eee. Boosie. How do I even look it up in the slang dictionary if I don’t know how to spell it? It either means fancy or white trash.
I asked my daughter if they were getting together with some of their friends for the holidays. She explained that one was going someplace boosgee with some of her other friends. I can surmise it means fancy schmancy. But it doesn’t sound like a hoity toity word.
Okay well, hold up, let me go see if I can find said word in the Online Slang Dictionary.
Finding the definition of this slang word is a little more difficult than I hoped, since I don’t know how to spell it.
This is starting to sound like an Abbott and Costello bit. “What does it mean?” IDK. “Well look it up. How do you spell it?” IDK. Who’s on first? Third base.
Back to my quest –
Typing in B – gives me slang for bitch
Typing in Boo – gives me slang for girlfriend/boyfriend
Typing in Boog – gives me nothing
Typing in Boogie – gives me slang for dancing
Well mayhaps I will find it by process of elimination. Maybe it’s B.u. Nope, BU gives me zero returns also. Okay … I’m going to have to approach this a different way. Rather than using Search, I’ll try NEW WORDS. Okay no. That gives me one new word a day.
Browse by letter – that HAS to be how I am going to find it. So far nothing. But I have learned that Bugaboo is an annoying person, especially one making unwanted sexual advances. Still looking, still looking .. bu, boo… BTW, bootsie means bad.
Boondoggle is a waste of time and money. I think I will bring that word to my people.
WAIT! HOLD THE PHONE. I DO BELIEVE I FOUND IT.
Booshi is a misspelling of bourgee. b.o.u.R .. R? Seriously, there’s an R in that word that sounds a lot like boozy? Mmmmk. I guess they didn’t spend a lot of time in English class.
The example given is: “Get your booshi ass out of here.”
Now allow me to click on over to bourgee. <insert eye roll and head shake over that spelling>
“bourgeois”. Pronounced “BOO-zhee.”
Nordstrom is kind of bourgee; Wal-Mart is not.
She’s so bourgee she refuses to drink tap water.
acting above one’s station. From “bourgeois.” Insulting.
So there you have it. I refuse to spell it bourgee, with an R. But now we fuddy-duddies know that boozhee means hoity toity or pretending to be all fancy.
Well the time I just spent on all that was quite a boondoogle, wouldn’t you say?
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