Looking at the New Lingo

I was listening to a zoom seminar that involved multiple presenters over the course of the day. At mid morning the moderator broke in and announced that there would be a 30 minute “bio-break”. Time stopped. My brain did a somersault and I had a new and favorite phrase. I mentioned this to my geeky sons and they knew immediately that it was a term for going to the bathroom or taking care of other biological needs – like a snack or meal, stretching the legs/going for a walk, or just getting a drink of water. I guess its been around for awhile but with COVID and zoom meetings it has now entered the mainstream!

Then later that same day, two students were walking in front of me down the hall and I overheard a snippet of their conversation. “I was headed to class with Kyle and a couple of people walked up. I wasn’t sure who they were so I gave them an ocular pat-down.” I had never heard this phrase either! I had to google it. It seems that is was coined in a show called “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” where it refers to doing a threat assessment by looking someone over. Which makes sense in this era of coronavirus. We are constantly doing ocular pat-downs of all the strangers we encounter, trying to tell if they are sick or healthy, properly masked or not, and whether they are keeping an appropriate physical distance…

So I asked my sons for the latest “new” phrases or words that they’ve heard. Not surprisingly several had to do with social media in general and Zoom specifically. It is now a thing to get zumped. That is the word for being dumped by a boy/girlfriend via a zoom call. I guess it is a step up from a breakup text. Then there is Zoom-rage where you get dropped or cut off from a zoom call/meeting causing a disproportionate rise in anger. I guess some people actually become violent and break things – like their computers! Another term mentioned, but in a completely different context, is Zoomies. Their definition is NOT a pet that gets very excited in anticipation of a treat causing them to run crazy (usually in circles). No, they said that Zoomies are your college roomies who due to attending virtually, are forced to hang out on Zoom. They also mentioned Blursday as what day it is when you lose track of time due to quarantining.

So I’m going to close this post and take a bio-break. I had to lookup the date to schedule this one because its Blursday every day lately…

43 thoughts on “Looking at the New Lingo

    1. I’m feeling very “cutting edge” and have been using my newly found vocabulary at every opportunity. Hope you can get into the “cool kids” clique with your new words!

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    1. My sons have informed me that this is not a new term but has just recently moved from online gaming to the mainstream! But it is new to me and I’m going to enjoy using it! We currently inform those who need to know by saying “I need to uh, er…” which is longer than saying bio-break!

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    1. Hahaha! I had the same reaction. When I told my husband he was likewise thrilled and promptly left for work where he was able to trot out bio break. The librarians loved it too. I’m hoping it makes its way into the dictionary!

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        1. I’ve got high hopes for bio-break and Blursday and possibly zumped to make it into the dictionary. Too bad that your wife was not enamored with these new terms. Perhaps she will warm to them when she is not zoned in on zoom!

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          1. Fingers crossed 🀞
            I tried again when she wasn’t so occupied. She had a cheeky smirk at the mention of zumped.
            I’m expecting her to schedule a zoom meeting with me soon.

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  1. Love these! I’ve been doing ocular pat downs (without knowing it, of course) for over a year. Bio breaks are preferable to folks taking their phone in the bathroom and continuing to talk. I’m like, dude, was that a flush? Eeeewwww! I have dogs, so it’s difficult to think of “Zoomies” as anything but the two of them chasing each other in figure 8’s around the living room and behind the couch.

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    1. Yes Joan, I likewise had trouble imagining anything other than a pet having a good old “rip and tear” around the house or yard. But time marches on and the youth repurposes older terms… I mean, when I was a kid you had to wait for summer to wear thongs (now called flip-flops) and you’d never dream of putting thongs on anywhere but you feet! So glad you enjoyed this post!!

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  2. I feel like I missed most of this moment in history. I haven’t Zoomed once. I just ramped up my normally solitary life to a new level. I’m a little nervous about re-entry. I have serious doubts about it. I like “bio break.” It doesn’t have the poetry of “I need to shed a few tears for Ireland,” however, that my friend Denis Joseph Francis Callahan would say back in the day when we’d walk on the beach.

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    1. Ha! Shedding tears for Ireland!! I love that turn of phrase! You are not alone in your apprehension. Our good friends have sequestered themselves and even with the vaccine, are not willing to mingle freely. Then again they haven’t been to a movie theater in over 6 years – ever since they read somewhere that you could get bedbugs from the seats! They are cautious to an extreme. I’m willing to get together with family and certain close friends who have been good about sanitation, distancing, and mask wearing now that we and they are vaccinated.

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  3. geeze Val really appreciate the update … I’m so not zoomed in on all the current terms! Bio-break and Blursday are here to stay .. don’t have much use for the other terms πŸ™‚

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    1. Hehe! I think the ocular pat-down will get some use around here but the bio-break is now part of my vocabulary!! If it weren’t for having to take certain medications on specific days, I’d be stuck on Blursday too!

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        1. Hehe! I have no idea what term you are looking for but eye candy is looking at someone attractive (though with a mask on they might not be so appealing or maybe they are more so?).

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          1. lol now you’ve wandered off on your own fantasy … as I said we seldom see anyone wearing masks here … only capital cities had to live with that nightmare! Our rural regions are fine πŸ™‚

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  4. Glad to learn these. When I was teaching, a student I sponsored for an independent study emailed me to tell me I was “the bomb”. I had to ask my son if that was good or bad…? I do miss being around young people and keeping up with their words and memes.

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  5. You are so modern style, Val ! You are learning the language of the young people in the street . Bravo .
    About the conference via internet I would need a break too in the middle of the morning and in taking care to not fall asleep!
    Love ❀
    Michel

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  6. I didn’t know any of those terms. Then again, I have had very few Zoom meetings. We had a few at the beginning but then, we just all met in person. I never stopped my tutoring so I communicated with my parents f2f. I like learning new terms though so this was really interesting to me. I have to take a “Bio Break” in the middle of the night. LOL.

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  7. I have been doing ocular pat-downs since I was about seven, especially as I was always getting them from people who were averse to the slightest bit of off-kilter behaviour. What went around, came around.

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    1. Ah Gary, you were a pro at the ocular pat-down way before the rest of the world. That makes me a little sad to hear but the world has never been a kind place for any who are tagged as different.

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