(If you or your kids are somewhat astute in hip-hop culture, you could appreciate this, but if not, you might want to catch me at another time:)
You’d have to know my ”tongue-in-cheek,” sarcastic side to understand this post. I have often wondered, in the spirit of those things that make you go “hmmm…,”courtesy of former late night show host Arsenio Hall, if some things are too much of a coincidence to be mere coincidence. As one example, we have made history this year with the Democratic candidacy of Senator Barack Obama. Regardless of what you might think of him, and regardless of whether he wins or not, this is a historical point in time. Is it me, or is it too coincidental to be a coincidence that in the same era, one of the most popular celebrities on pop culture television is Flavor Flav, front man for the group Public Enemy and embarrassment extraordinaire?
Does this brother have to “blow up,” as the kids say, this year?
So, I’m continuing in this vein of thinking when we purchased a new collegiate dictionary on yesterday. As an aside, not too long ago, our neighbors were in the heat of a marital separation, and I loaned the son our original dictionary after the father left the house with a number of items in order to “get back” at the family. Thankfully, the couple decided to get back together, but I somehow still remain separated from my dictionary. I guess I can chalk that up to what I did for love, huh?
Well, there are new words in Webster’s, thanks to these changing times: wi-fi, phishing, etc. Our son even looked up frindle from the book we so enjoyed of the same name. In the book, a kid decides to invent a word, which becomes used so much in his school and then in the larger community, until years later it becomes an official word in the dictionary. That must have been the case with this new entry.
crunk, word of fluctuating meaning used during the 1990s in lyrics of the rap groups OutKast and Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
: a style of Southern rap music featuring repetitive chants and rapid dance rhythms
If hip-hop is indeed dying, as many in the media say, must we immortalize it by placing these guys in Webster’s Dictionary?