When I heard about British diver Tom Daley knitting and crocheting in the stands at the Tokyo Olympics, I did what I suspect a lot of people did as the story has gone viral. I clap laughed. That is, I enjoyed the story and thought so much I was clapping while I was laughing, like applauding him for it while getting enough of a kick from it I was laughing. Except there was one little problem. “Clap laugh” isn’t a proper term, apparently! A DuckDuckGo search for “clap laugh” with quotations to show results of those exact words and spacing, as well as that for “claplaugh” as one word, showed nothing! A Google search showed a few GIFs under the term, some as “laugh clap”. But you know what, for the unofficiality that this is, I’ll stake claim to it!
The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as one’s own, which they are constantly living despite one’s personal lack of awareness of it.
This seems to be a word created rather than an actual word, but who cares? If it gives you a profound concept there needs to be a word for, then add it to your vocabulary! In this age of unprecedented narcissism with social media, a realization and appreciation of the complexity facing others is a very good thing!
What’s your fashion vocabulary like? Mine’s not very big, relatively speaking, and especially for someone who makes clothes. I know the basic garment types and so on, but terminology like types of neck lines, skirts, tops and so on, I’m very short on. I know a lot of what generally exists out there, but not by name for the most part. So one of the things I had on my 2015 To Do List was to expand my fashion vocabulary.
For a hip company in a hip business like social media, that’s about as “un-urban” a term as I thought they could come up with for the urban dictionary of new slang.
“Sub-urban” would be the more appropriate term, as that’s like Latin for “below” or “less than” urban. But Latin’s too old and logical to be hip.
So can’t we come up with a better term?
Fimp or Frimp? (Friend and Pimp)
Falker? (Friend and Stalker)
Follector or Frollector? (Friend and Collector)
Fliend? (Flake and Friend)
Actually, I’d save fliend for people you add but you don’t really want to. You just add them to avoid awkwardness. An example might be a boss you don’t like but who may have a thing or suspicion for you. Or a partner of someone you know who wants to keep an eye on activity between his/her partner and anyone else who might be a “threat”… or who is just jealous of everyone else in their partner’s life. You get the idea.
Fliend. Yeah. I kind of like it! Someone you don’t particularly like sends you a Friend Request. You have to reluctantly accept it so you say Sure, I’ll be your FLIEND! 🙂
But I digress. Back to the original topic.
Maybe none of those are great, you know, and probably a little too judgmental for Facebook to put out there, but for the people outside of Facebook, can’t we come up with any better idea than Facebook whale?
Maybe there’s a term out there already? After all, the Urban Dictionary has terms like Facebookemon for all sorts of Facebook related activities, habits and people.
Can someone inform me or suggest a term?
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.4