I take a jab at “jab”
At least one friend has censored my use of the word "jab" to refer to injections. Sorry, I read The Guardian a lot. And the word 'shot' is triggering--deep childhood trauma... So I'm asking for a vote of preferred word choice. Please elect one of the following (yes, I know they are not exact synonyms): Jab Shot Injection Vaccine / Vaccination Fauci Ouchie Note: your input won't affect my verbal behavior...
I proudly out myself as the person who tried to help Rob by objecting to his sudden and embarrassing adoption of “jab” in the last couple of months. Rob became a kind of Coronavirus himself with little “jabs” sticking out everywhere, attaching themselves to our ears! He’s actually contagious: just look at these well-meaning friends of his, all going “jab”, “jab”, “jab”, “jab” ….
While I can accept a defense of childhood trauma, I have to question whether he’s traumatized by all the words in his list. Rob, were you traumatized by “injection”, “vaccination” as well as by “shot”?
“Jab” has begun to traumatize me! Have pity!
As far as I recall, Rob never used the word until the Pandemic. Surely he must have used another word before being brainwashed by the Guardian and people with haughty accents.
Marian Sue Kirkman correctly notes that “The line between jaunty and precious is sometimes blurry…” but she’s too polite to point out that Rob has crossed it. As the poets wrote, “Ich habe genug!”
Perhaps the worst aspect of “jab” is that it’s outdated “vulgar” slang beloved by British politicians, their medical system and stuffy British media. In fact, some British think that the word is American (!), no doubt due to Anglophilies like Rob who think they are being trendy. (See accompanying poem and especially the comments.)
I encourage Rob to teach us cool new British words like “dench”, “peng”, “piff”, “clapped”, “wavey”, “gwarning”, “rah”, “skrr”, “safe!”, “bombaclart/bloodclart”, “wasteman”, “thirsty”, “paigon”, “scrape”, “sket”, “rents”, “next man”, “mandem”, “gyaldem”, “fam”, “mate”, “m9”, “brudda”, “peng ting”, “roadman”, “donny”, etc.
In spite of his pig-headed linguistic stubbornness (“your input won’t affect my verbal behavior…”) Rob remains my M9.
Rob Anderson replies
My M9 George has benevolently tried to direct me away from my churlish and naive ways, and I see now he may have a point. I didn't mean to needle him or others; I merely sought to use a ten-cent word rather than a twenty-dollar Latinate one. (And, yes, maybe, I wanted to be a bit jaunty [< French gentil].) Perhaps I should inoculate myself against misunderstanding by using more emojis (😉, 😬), or inject more obvious humor to lighten things up. In his well-meaning effort to enlighten me, though, my dear compadre has made jabs of his own. I was especially pricked by being called "pig-headed," "contagious," and *sniff* a "Coronavirus"! I don't think he intended to stick it to me, pierce the veil of civility, or puncture the balloon of our friendship. So I suffered no percutaneous scarification 😬, and, whereas I may not abandon my use of 'jab', I will seek to vary my vocabulary. (I am increasingly fond of "Moderna vaccine.") Hopefully, further adverse reactions will be rare, and there will be no soreness at this site.
PS: If I do say 'jab', it doesn't make me a Tory or a Brexiteer!