Monday, 9 April 2007
A college friend of mine who has lived in Italy for many years recently visited me in Paris, he told me that on a recent trip to London he didn't understand a lot of things that (the kids) were saying. Words like Chav and Chavette (pictured above) and bling were unknown to him. It took me ten minutes to explain what a hoodie was, he didn't know that pants referred to anything but the undergarments worn by men and thought that a wag was something a dog's tail did.
I'm frequently in the UK but even I was confused on hearing that gay had taken on the meaning of worthless or of poor quality as in "your mobile phone is so gay". And when I had to phone my local bank I was redirected to a call centre far away. It had been bangalored!