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Speaking American

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The American language, as Webster called our brand of English, is fun and, at times, a little confusing.  Our everyday language changes just about every day and it’s not everyone who can keep up. I once stood and listened to a black kid in a newly integrated school tell her instructor that she was “the baddest artist in this class” which, naturally, was misinterpreted.
Of course, in my peer group bad is just, “bad”, and “baddest” is just poor grammar but that doesn’t make it any less descriptive for those for whom baddest is goodest.


Another term which has changed while I watched is “badass”.  When I was a lad, “badass” meant an aggressive individual who was a formidable fighter, usually of the street and bar variety_ not what my associate, Jo, had in mind when she referred to the sexy granny as, “badass”. That lucky woman is “badass” in part because she rides her own bike (in any weather), is capable and skilled and pretty much marches to her own beat.

One of the things she thinks makes my missus look badass is her  badass chaps. Jo thinks  those chaps look so badass that nothing would do but she find some  for herself.  Now, both women wear badass chaps even though, in my personal opinion, they are “good ass” chaps: tomato, tomato.


Even before Nurse Jo picked up her badass chaps, she came across, and acquired, the now-famous “Killer Pussy” helmet sticker. Yeah, that one threatened to set me back on my heels; killer pussy, what a horrifying concept!  It read like the title of a scary movie from the 1950s.  I recall, however,  a recent incident wherein a young man came by the bandstand during a break and told me, “Sir, your music is killer!”  Killer music, killer pussy_ OK, I get it.


Now, about Killer Whales:  I think it’s time they were renamed.





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Written by fiddle mike

February 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm

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  1. From the Mr. Motorcycle dictionary, Killer pussy means Privates from a gal with Aids.

    Meow. Hiss. Meow.

    Good post. Made me laugh!

    Mr. Motorcycle

    February 26, 2010 at 6:55 pm

  2. Interesting thoughts Bro., I don’t even want to go into the slang terms that are used here in South Africa! Words and phrases come from the Afrikaans language and a combination of the African languages, it can get very confusing because we have eleven official languages here!

    Andrew aka the Rider

    February 28, 2010 at 2:36 am


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