Yesterday, at work, one of our PhD students who's in his 20s was chatting with the youngest member of our team (also in her 20s) and the resident male. Resident male is 42 but likes to get down with the kids innit.
Anyway the PhD student had been in a meeting with some academics where one of the academics had used the word "hip" as in "cool" several times. "Oh God," said the student "it was sooooooooo embarassing...". Student goes on to say "It's like my mum, when she says "trendy"...." Cue much rolling of eyes and shuddering.
"What's wrong with 'trendy'?" I cry. Student, young and male colleagues look at me sadly. Student says "Well, if you want to say 'trendy', that's fine but......". Doesn't finish his sentence (there clearly is no hope for me) and turns away to continuing chatting with the other two. Resident male colleague says "Well, 'trendy' is a bit dated; it's like 'stylish'........... " 'Stylish'!" I shriek "There's nothing wrong with the word 'stylish' ". The conversation carried on for a bit longer as other adjectives were discussed - you know "wicked", "sick", "dope", "cool" etc. Ad finitum. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
I'm still reeling from shock. Dear readers, tell me straight, when did words such as "trendy" and "stylish" become embarrassing? I've never used "hip" myself but I quite like "groovy" and "lovely". Nothing wrong with "lovely" in my book.
Well, I can't sit here chatting to you all day. Much as I'd really like to. I'm taking a break from wrapping Xmas pressies for friends and their gazillion offspring that we haven't seen since before Xmas. Yes. That's right. Wrapping. Xmas. Pressies. In. January. Decidedly unwicked if you ask me.
Peace out, blad*. xx
* "blad" as in "friend" or "bruv". Not "blad" as in "one of the most commonly used Russian swear words". No, definitely not.