Xela, January 1, 2010. This month’s topics:
- Popping: Adios 2009. Bienvenido 2010.
- Flopping: Xelajú MC Superchivos
- Buzzwords of 2009
The mountains of hope that accompanied Barack Obama into office weren’t enough to make 2009 a good year. Apparently it will take more than a year to un-do 8 years of George Bush toddler-style destruction. Luckily 2009 is history, and the prospect of a new and better year is upon us. Let’s hope that the things that made 2009 so awful – the swine-flu scare, the economic meltdown, failed climate negotiations in Copenhagen, contaminated Lake Atitlán, etc. – will improve, and 2010 will bring more joy and less suffering. Happy 2010 everyone!
Though Xela’s hometown soccer crew finished the regular season atop the standings, the Superchivos did what they usually do in the playoffs – they lost. Which is what they have done 11 of the last 12 times they’ve landed in Guatemala’s “Final 4.”
Unfortunately Xelajú MC’s opponent in the semi-final round, Comunicaciones, later lost the championship vs. their usual cross-town (i.e. Guatemala City) rival, Municipal.
BUZZWORDS OF 2009
The New York Times recently featured a list of buzzwords that became popular in 2009. As an estadounidense who spent the entire year in Guatemala, I feel like I missed many, even though I closely follow the news. How many of these words made it into your vocabulary?
aporkalypse: “Undue worry in response to swine flu. Includes unnecessary acts like removing nonessential kisses from Mexican telenovelas and the mass slaughter of pigs in Egypt.”
gaymarry: To marry someone of the same sex. Also used to mean to form an unconventional relationship, as in, “I love XelaWho so much I want to gay-marry it.”
heinie: A pronunciation of H1N1, the swine flu virus.
I’mma let you finish: Part of Kanye West’s interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, also a popular joke on the Internet.
jeggings: jean leggings
meep: an exclamation by young people, comes from Beaker of “The Muppet Show.”
mini-Madoff: A person who creates a Ponzi scheme smaller than Bernie Madoff’s.
sexting: The sending of sexual messages or pictures via cellular telephone.
vook: A digital book that includes some video in its text.