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renniekins
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Hard Core
My mom, my sister, and I went shopping yesterday for babies. Anybody need a baby? No, I'm just kidding, of course, I wouldn't talk about baby black marketing without a friends-only lock. I mean we went shopping for baby stuff. I have a cousin who just had a baby, plus my nephew just turned two.

While out shopping, I also got myself a new watch because I found a good deal on one. It's the kind with a thick leather band that's wider than the watch face, and the face is held onto the band with leather tabs and snaps. I've been wanting one like this ever since I saw Joan of Arcadia wearing one, because I'm very susceptible to suggestion like that. But mine is brown leather, not black, and thinner than hers, because I have puny little wrists.

So I was showing off my purchases to E later on in the day, and I joked as I showed him the watch, "See, it's all leather and bad-ass. Very hard core." He agreed it was pretty cool.

Then I showed him the baby clothes I'd picked out. Both the babies are boys, so I got them cool stuff too. My nephew got some funky skater pants, and the new baby got a fleece hoodie. "I had a hard core theme on my shopping trip today," I commented whimsically, "everything I bought was pretty rockin'."

"Oh, and I also got some cool patches for my jeans, because remember that little hole right underneath the pocket? Well now it's trying to eat the whole pocket."

"Yeah? What kind of patches?"

"Butterflies and flowers."

"Whoa, totally hard core."

"Word."

*****

I am so white it hurts, but occasionally I pretend amuse myself by trying to act fly. Or, y'know, some other hip adjective. We were doing pseudo-street talk at smegs, for example, and I said "Word" in response to somebody's shizzle.

"What did you just say?" another guy asked.

"Word. I said 'word'."

"What does that mean?"

"Um, it signifies agreement. Like saying, 'yeah'."

I considered launching into my assumed etymology, since I often make up etymology if I don't know it, but I refrained. We should just stick to being geeks; it's what we know best.
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hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: March 7th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
*giggle*

word.

uh huh.
cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: March 7th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Word yo.
pkthunder From: pkthunder Date: March 7th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
because I'm very susceptible to suggestion like that.

Isn't it great when we can finally admit that? You know, we can be all, "Damn the Man!" but then when it really comes down to it, why yes, I really would like a Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch, now that you mention it. :)

I remember the first time I heard someone say "Word." It was way back in 1988. I was ten years old, and in fifth grade. This skater-kid said it during the co-ed portion of our sex education class. It makes me think that it may have started in the skater-sub-culture. I still say it. A lot. I think it's funny.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 7th, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it's rather freeing to just admit that I'm influenced by suggestion! (and now I do indeed want a Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch, and I don't even know what it is....)
cannibal From: cannibal Date: March 9th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is a ranch where they raise tendercrisp pigs and cheddar cows, of course. I want one too, as long as the pigs are downwind.

I read this post some time ago, but forgot I was supposed to comment to everything.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 9th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, that sounds like a neat place! Maybe we can have next-door ranches, and ride ponies to visit one another sometimes. (:

Thanks sweetie -- I'm sorry, you aren't required to comment on everything (although I definitely don't mind!). I just like it if you comment on at least one post when you read, so I'll know you were there reading... *hug*
cannibal From: cannibal Date: March 9th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, in that case can I have the cattle, while you have the pigs?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 9th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure. I will name them all Wilbur.
geekjul From: geekjul Date: March 7th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
The watch band sounds cool. Can we have a pic, for those of us that don't watch Joan?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 7th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I attempted to add a pic to the post. It came out...okay... my hand looks a little deformed, but maybe you'll get the basic gist of the watch. My Treo isn't very good at closeups, apparently.
geekjul From: geekjul Date: March 7th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cool, I love it!
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: March 7th, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
The watch band sounds very early 70's.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 7th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Updated with a (poor) picture!
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: March 7th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK, to be really a proper 70's watch band, it should be two to three times as wide as the watch.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: March 9th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh, you're right, I think I had a watchband like that in the 70's, but it was tan leather.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: March 7th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh.

You can be comforted by the fact that the guy asking you what "word" meant is even more painfully white then you :)

I need to go shopping for baby/kiddy stuff this week for my nephew's birthday. I'm sure I'll be thinking "that's hardcore" :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 7th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Word, yo. (:
_goodintentions From: _goodintentions Date: March 7th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I'm going to be like you when I grow up hahaha.

When I first saw that picture I thought the hand was detached.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 7th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ack! That would be a whole different kind of hard core!
_goodintentions From: _goodintentions Date: March 8th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
haha

For Christmas my friend made me gloves to skate in and on the finger/knucle part on one side she put "hard" (one letter per finger), and the other side had "core".

People at the rink think I'm weird cause I wear them.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 8th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Coolness!
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 7th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's hysterical! I'd love to hear your etymology for word.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 7th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it stems from the basic concept of telling a person, "The words you speak are true" or "I agree with your words".

This concept evolved to the phrase "That's the word", which then shortened to simply "Word".

I can do etymology like this fairly convincingly if I'm in the right mood. It usually ends with somebody asking me, "Really?" To which I reply, "Well, no."

I might have tackled phrases like "the word of God" and/or "the word on the street", explaining how they fit in also, if I was feeling particularly ambitious. (:
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: March 7th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Anybody need a baby? No, I'm just kidding, of course, I wouldn't talk about baby black marketing without a friends-only lock.

Heh heh... :)
funball From: funball Date: March 7th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
From Urbandictionary.com:

Word
A versatile declaration, originating (more or less) in hip-hop culture.

"Word" has no single meaning, but is used to convey a casual sense of affirmation, acknowledgment, agreement, or to indicate that something has impressed you favorably.

Its usage among young blacks has been parodied ad nauseam among clueless suburban whites.
"Come on, man, we're going to the store."
"Word."

*****

I found the bit about it's appropriation by suburbanites pretty amusing in this context!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 7th, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
hahahaha! That's hilarious! How well they know me....
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