As a teenager I was incredibly precocious at times, spouting big words to make myself feel older and more worldly in high school. Later on, as my vocabulary developed at University, I dropped these intellectual bombs into conversations to make myself feel better in the company of people more middle class and posh than I was.
As is their wont
“The girls wearing the massive Helly Hanson jackets on the oval pass around joints, behind the brick wall at lunch time….as is their wont.”
This word got a massive workout in essays during school. “I posit that Craig David draws on his micro-beard each day…when he’s saying ‘can you fill me in’, he’s meaning his own beard”.
I threw corporeal into an art history essay by copying a slab of purple text out of an art book and got busted by the teacher, as I didn’t know what corporeal meant.
Replace ‘definitely’ and ‘for sure’ with unequivocal in every sentence for an impressive effect.
Rubbish and garbage became detritus for me when I was about 16.
Two trains on the platform, two Mars Bars – juxtaposed together.
“Our school bag looks like the epitome of a sagging scrotum sack.”
Came across this gem at the first year of University and suddenly the economy, women, men, all of the shit in the entire world was ‘stuck in a paradigm’.
In a nutshell
This phrase, appended to a sentence was the TL:DL of the 90’s.
“The creepy winds blew sibilant and strong in the darkness and then she appeared, ghostly and waif-like”. A rather cringy horror story I put together while musically ODing on Portishead.
I had no qualms about drinking from a goon bag at a party in a scout hall, none that I can remember anyway.
Joy Division’s eponymous album was arguably their best.
With much chagrin she left her class.
According to my 17 year old self- this meant filled with semen.
Learning maths was seen as a moot point.
It’s a story about turning from a teenager into an adult…duh!
Go back far enough and everyone comes from a diaspora.
Sex, men, the enormity of the universe.
Stuck in a quagmire of iniquity at the end of the Frankston line.
Chunks of different objects grouped together.
The unfairness and heaviness of power structures, 19 year old me railed against it.
A surfwear clothing brand and also a way to express the inextricably interwoven nature of the world.
Anything long and rectangular was a phallic symbol and was considered bad or ‘anti-woman’ when I was at Uni.
Eating dim sims for lunch while also craving sushi.