What if you replaced the word “bodacious” in Nelly’s megahit “Hot in Herre?” I think I’ve found just the word.
As you might suspect after reading here, I enjoy writing. That is a symptom of my love for words, and sometimes I will adjust an entire paragraph just to use one I like. More often than that, I tweak song lyrics. My wife doesn’t always like it, and sometimes the first thing that pops into my head wouldn’t be appropriate for all audiences. It sure is fun for me, though.
Listing my favorite words would be implausible and geeky. Or implausibly geeky. That said, here comes one now.
loquacious – (Adj.) full of trivial conversation*
To spice this up a little, let’s imagine what it might sound like in popular music. Here’s a stab at that (with apologies to Nelly for mangling his lyric and to the reader for knowing it).
Hot in Herre
(Uh) I was like, good gracious ass is loquacious.
Oh, flirtatious, tryin’ to show patience.
The original word there was “bodacious.” I’m sure Nelly chose it because it’s more succinct than “unrestrained by convention or propriety” and easier to match in rhyme than “incorrigible.”
In my version, instead of incorrigible, the young lady’s posterior is “full of trivial conversation.” I chose it because it fit the verse better than “just pulls stuff out of her butt,” which seems much more disgusting when written, and because it rhymed better than “gabby,” or “garrulous.”
I played with substituting “loquacious” for “flirtatious” instead, and that would have made sense, too. In the end, I replaced the word more similar in pronunciation.
Undoubtedly, there’s little danger of Nelly’s incorporating either into his next live performance of the song. If so, then a shout-out would be nice. That could prove to be the catalyst that pushes this blog to the next level. Now, if only I could find an alternate lyric for, “You so crazy, I think I wanna have your baby.”** Nah, that’s ridiculous enough as-is.
Before the hip-hop masses get all up in my grill, I’ll give my history with this word. That should scare them (and pretty much everybody else) away.
I picked it up in 11th-grade English; our teacher used the Reader’s Digest feature “It Pays to Increase Your Word Power” to, um, increase our word power. While I know I have uttered the word, I can’t recall a time I used it seriously in a conversation, trivial or otherwise. Nor have I used it in a written work. Perhaps all that stems from my fear that the word could be used to describe me.
So, in essence, I know what it means, but no, I’ve never had occasion to use it. Kind of like the upper-level math I learned in school. Except, I have no idea what most of it means anymore.
Reader’s Digest sponsors a free online game called WordPower Challenge. RD Canada’s version is the only one directly linkable enough to include here, mostly because you can give it a test run without registering. Ultimately, you may compete with other players, keep track of the rankings, and more. If you think you can handle facing a Canadian leaderboard, then go ahead. Finally, having a large vocabulary might actually be fun and help you crush your enemies (albeit geeky Canucks). Score!