Archive for March 8th, 2011

March 8, 2011

Douchebag

All real douchebag! pic: shogunnchronicles.blogspot.com

Now here is a word for you that you want to say to somebody’s face if you really want to offend him: douchebag.

More often this is said about people who aren’t present, behind their backs as it is a very strongly negative word.  So here we go:  a douchebag is jerk, an asshole, a arrogant, obnoxious, mean, dumb, pretentious,  or dim-witted person.  Douchebags are generally male.

The use of this word as an slangy insult is fairly new, or at least only recently has it been widely used in real life conversation and on TV.  Originally the term describes a device used to introduce a stream of water into the body, particularly the vagina,  for medical or hygienic reasons.  How we got from here to a jerky guy – who knows.

This is definitely a word you want to use sparingly and never apply it to a colleague or – worse – boss with anybody in ear-shoot.

March 8, 2011

White lie

A white lie is a little lie, a harmless lie, a lie that does not hurt anybody – at least not really.  In fact, a white lie is something you tell somebody to make that person feel better or avoid hurting him or her.

Cartoon called the G-20's big white lie, pic: http://theweek.com/section/cartoon/0/204567/all-cartoon

So why is it called a white lie?  “White” in western tradition represents good whereas black represents evil.  Along those lines a white lie lacks evil intent, a black lie – the black, however, is normally omitted as we don’t bother to specify that lies are inherently evil – is evil or malevolent.

Interestingly, the same thing is called  mentira blanca which also means white lie, in Spanish.  In German however, it is an “emergency lie” which conveys the message quite nicely as well.

A very common example of a white lie brings us back to fishing for compliments:

“Honey, do I look fat in this dress?”

“No sweetheart, you look terrific.”