What, pray tell, might these nonsensical-looking words signify? That was my immediate reaction when this was posted as a comment to a facebook photo. . . I mean, I’m relatively in the know r.e. common slang – (grâce à mon travail au lycée), but gnar gnar is not one I’ve encountered before today.
Well, google was quick to jump to my aid, and a little perusing of urbandictionary.com’s explanations gave me futher insights. . . if that’s what we can call them. Here is my personal favorite that is highly amusing, if clearly incorrect:
Apparently “gnar” alone is short for “gnarly”, that ever-popular surfer-term that signifies the epitome of awesome and/or horrifically daring.
Gnar Gnar is thus not a sound emitted by gnomes during fits of uncontrollable laughter.
Instead it’s some kind of snow-bunny’s term for extreme or awesome conditions for boarding/skiing. Over time, it has morphed into a term that can be generously applied to everything . . . including the necklace I wore today.
This new fad of combining shortened words with repetition à la baby-talk is not one of my favorites.
Or, as one of my students said today, it’s getting’ cray-cray.
Perhaps you are like the tweeter below and find yourself befuddled of late by the phrase “shipping” that is circulating in a whole new way.
You’d better get ready, because when it comes to shipping, there’s a whole new boat we’re talking about, and it’s your own personal cruise-ship of loooooove.
Yeah, you heard me, and no, I’m not talking about human trafficking, which is horrible – shame on you for even thinking that. Actually there’s a new phrase on the street in high school internet-speak these days, and I, inhabiting the front lines like I do, have decided to enlighten others who might not be so fortunate as to spend their days in a high school. It’s a constantly changing world out there, and not everybody can stay up to date with crazy kids and their new-fangled lingo. We’ve talked about the somewhat-endearing internet phenomena of ermahgerd and the ensuing ridiculousness resulting from that series of memes. Well, there’s some emerging terminology I learned this month, and it is a new use for a verb thats been around for a long time. What verb, might you ask?
This is a word you might associate with post offices, paypal, and old fashioned boats, yes? These are the only meanings, right?
To give you the short explanation, this new meaning comes from the world of fandom. In particular from the world of fanfic. When lots of people love a television show or a book, they get attached to characters, right? Well, sometimes, when they get seriously attached, they imagine alternative scenarios for their favorites, particularly alternative romantic pairings. They picture what it would look like for Éowyn to end up with Aragorn, for Damon to end up with Bonnie, for Katniss to end up with Haymitch, for Sherlock to end up with Mrs. Hudson, for Ginny to end up with . . . Snape. That’s right, sometimes when you ship, lines are crossed. But that’s the thing. With shipping, there are no rules.
The characters you pair could be arch-enemies, they could even be from different species. . . To “ship” two characters is simply to put them together in a potential romantic pairing in which they are not usually placed. It’s a way of playing out reader fantasies that will never come to life in the hands of the author.
Some examples of this verb in use?
Situation 1: Somebody reading The Hunger Games for the first time
“Haymitch and Effie? Oh man, I ship them so hard.”
Situation #2: Chatting Television Shows
Person 1: I love watching Once Upon a Time. . . I’m obsessed?
Person 2: Zounds, as am I!!! I’m obsessed – Who do you ship in that show?
Situation #3: People obsessed with the BBC’s show Sherlock – aka the best show ever to be created.
Person 1: Oh man, I just realized I ship Sherlock with, like, almost every other character on that show!
Person 2: Yeah, but John is totally his OTP, right?
Now, this leads us to a second term we need to discuss, because it’s a subcategory of Ships;
OTP stands for One True Pairing. . . meaning the ideal romantic match of two characters. This refers to a fanfic author’s ideal pairing of characters. An OTP is the highest level of Ship – a person’s ideal, rather than just a dabbled idea.
Lets take a look at someone’s example of a ship diagram:
See how it works?
Anyhow, this is one of my original resources for learning about shipping. . . in case you want to check it out!
I hope you found this all enlightening! There’s nothing quite like learning a new widely-accepted misuse of the English Language, right?
Today was one of those days.
Sometimes, I am overwhelmed by the sheer number of questions I am asked in a very short period of time. I mean, my brain can only proceses so much in a limited amount of time. My carrying capacity hurts.
Questions Today included (but were not limited to):
Do you get those tests graded yet?
Have you written that letter to the Department of Education?
You don’t have a copy of that, do you?
What did I miss last week?
Can we tell them about the decorations?
May I have a piece of candy?
Are you baking for tomorrow?
What sized baguettes do we get?
Can you collect the money now?
Did you get everything we need?
Have you updated the missing work list?
Did you remember the quarter is ending soon?
Can you e-mail me the permission slip?
Can you send him to my office at 9?
When will you check our papers?
Can we order the favors soon?
Have you checked for the paper?
Do you check your voicemail?
Did she ever get back to you about my dress?
Did you get new granola bars yet?
Are we going to talk about grammar?
Would you be able to get that documented?
When was that due?
I’m What am I going to do now?
Did you see where I put my ibuprofen?
Could you get back to me on that?
Will you tell us how the movie is going to end?
Why did you move my stuff?
Did you remember to update your grades?
Isn’t this recycling week?
Why are those still in the front hall?
Wait- are you going to wreck the movie before we even see it?
What if I can’t make it on Tuesday?
How much do you pay for your gym membership?
Can we shop on Wednesday?
Could I drive seperately?
What is the plan for the ones who are absent?
What about the other plans that we made for students who are absent?
Can you make this meeting with the dance venue?
Why haven’t we seen you around lately?
What am I going to do?
Est-ce que je peux aller au toilettes?
What do you think I should do?
Can we make a plan for her while you’re gone?
Are you coming right back?
You’re kidding, why isn’t she nominated for an Oscar in her OTHER movies?
Where is lunch today?
Is it going to be the same time tomorrow?
Don’t you have extra help right now?
What do you have all that stuff for?
Have you seen the key to the bathroom?
Wait, was I here on Friday?
How many nieces does he have?
Do you have anything to eat?
Wow, why do you bring so many things to school?
What does that picture on the board mean?
Which chapter are we reading again?
Can I give you my permission slip?
Are you remembering to take it easy?