A Shout-Out to My Pepys

If you’ve been a semi-regular reader of this blog, you know I have a fondness (nay, my husband calls it an embarrassing weakness) for the hip-hop lingo. Words like cronkite or phat just say so much more than plain olde English. Why can’t we, as a profession, create our own groovy language? Sure, we have terms like “digital archives” or “YA services” or “competitive salary with great benefits”, but they’re just so boring. Why don’t we take a cue from Ice Cube and come up with some ever-so-colorful in-house phrases, such as:

  • MARCin’: filling your time with meticulous little tasks to avoid doing difficult jobs. Ex. “I know I was supposed to finish writing that grant, but I was MARCin’ time by organizing my Powerpoint presentations by design templates.”
  • Going Gorman: dressing up for occasions where you know you will stand out. Ex. “I think I’ll be going gorman for the Gale reception tonight.” See also pimpin’ and stylin’.
  • Small-Worldin’ It: Someone so engrossed as a children’s librarian that it begins affecting other areas of their life. Ex. “Marci was small-worldin’ it big-time when she broke into a Raffi song in the middle of last week’s public services meeting.”
  • BB Banging: Planning your socializing at conferences according to the kind of buffet/host bar a vendor is offering. Ex. “Thompson had some bad BB-banging this year–it was a beer-and-wine only!”
  • 245: 1.) The proper name of a person. Ex. “Jerry’s 245 is Jerome”. 2.) The proper position title someone holds. Ex. “Jerome’s 245 is Digital Library Development Team Leader, not “that XML guy”.
  • Digital EX: using e-mail to say you’re sick because you’re too chicken to call.
  • Tennant Yourself: portraying yourself as a cutting-edge librarian. Ex. “Don’t tennant yourself at today’s systems meeting–I know the only programming language you know is COBOL.”
  • P-A Slide: The hemming and hawing someone does when they can’t come out and say no. Ex. “Janet’s really on the P-A slide this term–she’s giving 30 tours a week!”
  • “Givin’ the QQ”: Reference questions the questioner thinks should be very easy to answer but aren’t. Ex. “She thought finding a three-page article on the Industrial Revolution’s influence on global warming would be givin’ me the QQ.”
  • K-Schneidering: having the last word.

Can you guess where some of these terms come from? Let me know.

P.S.–I promise to finish my HS film influences in the very near future; in the interim, keep thinking about Roger Daltrey’s pants!

7 Responses

  1. Brian
    Brian August 28, 2003 at 4:25 am | | Reply

    You left out ranganathin’! And you have me thinking about Ann-Margret writhing around, covered in baked beans.

  2. The LL
    The LL August 28, 2003 at 8:06 am | | Reply

    Hey! If you post a new phrase, ‘ya gotta define it for the world.


  3. Brian
    Brian August 28, 2003 at 10:33 am | | Reply

    How about:
    ranganathin’ — Laying down the law. “I was late to work three times this week, and the assistant director started ranganathin’ on me.”
    Another one: Big O — “East of Eden got the Big O.”

  4. K. G. Schneider
    K. G. Schneider August 28, 2003 at 2:49 pm | | Reply

    How about Dowlinged, as in “I was going to cheat and use FrontPage, but I knew if someone Dowlinged my page, they’d find out?” In reference to Tom “Does it Validate?” Dowling, advocate for Standards! Full disclosure: Tennant thought it up first.

  5. Walt Crawford
    Walt Crawford September 2, 2003 at 8:44 am | | Reply

    …and, as usual, K.G. had the last word.

    Seriously, though (!),
    shouldn’t 245 meaning 1 be

    -signed, one who gave up on tennanting some time ago-

  6. The LL
    The LL September 3, 2003 at 11:29 am | | Reply

    I’m using 245 in a verrry loose, MC Hammer kinda way, if that makes sense.

    Besides, Walt–keep this up and we’ll have to make a term for you: “Crawford up”: making yourself so indispensable in a project/organization/society that the whole thing will crumble if you leave. Ex. “We gotta give Walt the raise since he’s crawford up all of systems.”

  7. 'kins
    'kins September 11, 2003 at 5:53 pm | | Reply

    Braining – branch training. “I know that’s what they said to do when you trained at Main but here in the branch [ie. real world] we just…”

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