When I was still teaching, students would throw around their favourite slang, usually in proper ways. Gnarly was a favourite word of one of the young men I taught for five years.
A young woman used beast. The first time I heard her say that I was unsure what she meant, but it described her play as the Michael Jordan of her basketball league.
Mike photographed a tree and entitled the post Gnarly. It is cool which is what the young man meant when he used gnarly. It is cool there is wisdom in that tree as it does its work. It is also cool to find wisdom in the everyday world of words.
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How about Acceptance
So much more than the letters
There is wisdom in acceptance. It suggests an open space where we receive the other.
Open space, so acceptance allows space, a pause, a time when we could decide not to take action, mental,or physical.
Acceptance may mean that we need not achieve, accomplish, defeat anyone or anything
It may mean let go and be totally here, now
That is a space to ponder
Jacques Derrida commented in French, where the word for difference and deference are the same word, difference calls on us to defer and open a space for the strange/different to enter.
Cultures may I sat differ that way
Buddhist do not have some English words or concepts
The same is the case from language to language. I find English an impoverished language at times. I like the nuanced and complex interpreting found in other languages,cultures, and diverse spiritual beliefs.
Your the rxpert
I try not to think of myself that way. Living is a one-moment-at-a-time process which is always revealing what it is.
Your a great teacher, it is called humility, balance, perspective and wisdom
Very nice Ivon
Thank you Marty.
I remember ‘cool, man’ and ‘awesome’ being slang, but haven’t heard ‘gnarly’ for a long time… smiles!
I only heard it in movies and from that young man.
Gnarly reminds me of my So.Cal. teenage years and hearing the surfer dudes talk about wanting to catch a gnarly wave. Nice memories. 🙂
I am not sure how it made up to Alberta where there is no surfing.
Reminds , I should have kept a log of the evolution of slang words to mean the same concept over 33 years in the classroom. “cool” still remains though.
Some words endure, others fade for a while and return, and others fade away completely.
A lovely, lovely post! I’ll never hear ‘gnarly’ the same again! 🙂
Thank you. Young people keep us young.