Friend Vernacular

December 22, 2007 at 3:32 am 5 comments

Friends, or any group of people, will come up with their own phrases, idiomatic expressions, and inside jokes. It’s how language evolves. My friend Holly acts as the compiler of things that my friends say, and the list has changed and grown. Below I have listed and explained some of my favorites, as interpreted by me.

Shit just got real
This essential phrase describes when things get serious or more interesting.
example: Oh, “the Hills” is on. Shit just got real.

If you think…you’re wrong
Useful for saying that the opposite of something has occurred.
example: If you think I didn’t just eat two half-smokes, you’re wrong.

Too soon. Not soon enough?
“Too soon” is mostly commonly said when a joke is in bad taste because the subject matter is too close to home. “Not soon enough?” insinuates that maybe nothing is too close to home, or if it is, we’re too insensitive to care. Best when someone else chimes in with the second part. Sometimes the first part is the question and sometimes the opposite works better.
example: Remember 9/11? Too soon? Not soon enough.

Get real/Grow up/Get a life/Cool it/Buck up
All of these mean basically stop doing what you’re doing because it’s annoying and/or you are acting far too ridiculous for the time and place. Can be a stern warning.
example: The Metro railings are not your monkey bars: GET REAL.

That’s not not true
Said when something is true. Sometimes used especially if something is overly true or appropriate. Variations include any double negative.
example: I didn’t not eat all of your chips.

If you think I didn’t enjoy typing this, you’re wrong. These phrases won’t not help you sound slicker than an insane diaper-wearing astronaut in kidnap mode. Too soon? Not soon enough. Buck up; shit just got real.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dave  |  December 22, 2007 at 10:09 am

    You totally forgot ‘titty up’.

  • 2. Mia  |  December 22, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Like it (loving it?)

  • 3. holly  |  December 22, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    If you think that i’m hating it, you’re not right

  • 4. Poet Laureate  |  December 23, 2007 at 5:37 am

    Two girls, one cup?

  • 5. Annie Gardner  |  December 23, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    what about the ever-so-useful ‘I mean…’ ? additionally, Mia’s usage of ‘surely’.
    finally, I’m pleased that you wrote about this. inspiring.


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Shit Just Got Real

Josh Kramer is a blogger, cartoonist, journalist, etc. I'm the Editor of The Cartoon Picayune. I live in Washington, DC and I just graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies. See work by me and my classmates.

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