Wednesday, July 27, 2011

RIP: The Eight Most Hopelessly Awesome Made-Up Music Words

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4. Whoomp Heard in: "Whoomp! (There It Is)" by Tag Team Part of speech: Interjection Because we don't have nearly enough onomatopoeia as it is, we could really use a retro throwback option to replace the "Yikes!" and "Jinkies!" we've been running into the ground lately. "Whoomp!" comes with lots of options, so feel free to use it when you are bitten by a shark, witness a truly Bootylicious man or woman, forget to take a shower, eat a particularly tasty sandwich, knit a tasteful Christmas sweater, accidentally encounter an ostrich or play a part in some sort of Californication.

3. Wonderwall Heard in: "Wonderwall" by Oasis Part of speech: Noun Use this one with caution. You only get one wonderwall in your lifetime, so don't squander it on someone who isn't worth it (or won't get it). The modern definition was created by the band's leader and songwriter, Noel Gallagher, who wrote the song for his now ex-wife, Meg Matthews. If he ever drops the word or attempts to sing it around his current wife, she has our full permission to retaliate. Whoomp!

2. Jiggy Heard in: "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" Part of speech: Adjective This word has the unfortunate connotation that comes with '90s Phat Farm shirts and the general ickiness that was Will Smith's rap career, but let's break it down one step further. Gettin' (never getting) "jiggy" can simply mean hanging loose, being a pretty fly individual or maybe, again, playing a role in a scene of Californication. If you do all of these things at once, you might actually have taken things to the next level -- and the next word.

1. Sexyback Heard in: "Sexyback" by Justin Timberlake Part of speech: ??? The way it's repeated in Justin's beautiful pop prose, you might think "sexyback" sounds like two words in a traditional verb and object combination. That's where you're wrong. (Whoomp!) It's status as a spaceless single word elevates sexyback to genius level while making it almost impossible to use without being prefaced by a pronoun and the word bringing. Things get even trickier from there. Justin technically already brought sexyback with a song literally titled "Sexyback," so is there room for any of us to do the same or even use the word anymore? Do we care?

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