Thursday, July 02, 2009

Funky

Today’s Theme Thursday is FUNKY. Other than conjuring up some 60s and 70s dope-smoking party people using it as slang, what does this word really mean?

I went to look it up. I chose the Merriam-Webster online dictionary because I have a dictionary at home but frankly, it’s being used to hold up a lot of skinnier books from falling down. Dictionaries make great book ends. Take note of that.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word “funky” means “being in a funk.” Now THATS useful! Don’t you hate it when you look something up and they simply refer you to something else? This could go on all day. Perhaps the dictionary is merely an elaborate maze.

Ok, then I got to the word “funk” which means “a strong offensive smell.” Hmmm…this isn’t where I thought they’d be taking me. But thinking about it more; perhaps it does make some sense: Those Woodstock folks up there in the mud and rain for days smoking gonge? Yeah, I’m sure they WERE pretty funky!

Of course, the word goes back to 1784. Ok, I can understand that. Showers weren’t invented except by nature and baths were a luxury. Pretty much everyone was funky back then!

“Hey Bach. You’re looking pretty funky. Play some funky music, white boy…”

But what I also don’t get is if it derived from “funk” and you look up that word, it was created around 1623. I just fail to believe that it took them 61 years to apply the word funk to the word funky. 61 years? What in the hell were kids doing back then? If it were today, they’d have adapted that word to some poor hapless kid in a matter of milliseconds. If the kid population back then couldn’t even make that leap no wonder they couldn’t come up with cell phones, arcade games and Skittles! Sheesh…

And of course, eventually the dictionary goes soft on us and starts to add more and more definitions to a word. Whatever happened to the damn languages? Every word should have one meaning! Somebody go revamp them all. Sheesh…

In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one of their last definitions was “lacking style or taste”. Ok, let’s go with that a bit. Hmmm…lacking taste.

Store tomatoes lack taste. That would qualify.

This guy lacks fashion style or taste. He would qualify.

But that doesn’t really get after the word “funky” as we would perceive it, now does it?

I think “funky” more aligns to these:



Merrian-Webster…perhaps you need another definition.

56 comments:

Baino said...

I was in a spin with this one too and looked it up on Wiki . . something about the smell of sex . . much prefer the slap of a good bass myself! I have no dress sense, ergo, I am FNKay

subtorp77 said...

VE, didn't know you were looking this up. I've a more in depth( read boring )elucidation from my MSword dictionary. And it's still raining here!!!

Maxi Cane said...

70's porn bush, that's funky.

Bom chicka waw waw.

Hit 40 said...

You gave funky a good spin. I liked the dude with the bumper sticker truck.

Jacki said...

You need to check out Urban Dictionary...

http://www.urbandictionary.com/

They got funky right...they define it as "different but cool/nice"

Tom & Icy said...

A need or feeling like whipping our own ass.

Wings said...

Quite the batch of funky pics!

I have read more definitions of "funky" today than any other word - EVER! hahahaha

Roy Scribner said...

Rufus Thomas explained it best;

You raise the left arm up
and your right arm too
Let me tell you just what to do
Start both of 'em to flapping
You start your feet to kicking
That's when you know
You doin' the funky chicken

Brian Miller said...

funky seems to get around the dictionary as well as lunchboxes that get left in the back seat. enjoyed the journey...tough one today.

subtorp77 said...

@Brian-eeeewwwww! Funky lunch box! And obscure reference: "Trash Day" by Weird Al...'nuff said!

Quirkyloon said...

That's funky VE! heh heh

And now you got that song in my head, "Play that funky music white boy..."

Thanks.

Really, thanks.

"Lay down the boogie and play that funky music til you die!"

subtorp77 said...

@Quirkyloon, ach! The Average White Band! Great reference!!

Mrsupole said...

Yes, I am in a funk about how funky the dictionary could be. The funk from the book made me get sick. Then the funkadellic music made me want to get down and get funky. Someone yelled to turn that funky shit off and so then we got into a funk again. So I pulled out some Funky Monkey to crunch on and we all had a funking good time. Although the funkiness of it was a little too much and so we slunk off in funkalisish clothes to our funked out pads, and crawled into our beds that smelled like funk and had some funky dreams.

God bless.

VE said...

baino - Don't worry, I have no good dress sense either. I don't even own a dress!

subtorp77 - I'll be over...I just need my caffine to get me going. The gnomes laugh at me in the morning...

maxi cane - Ha! Quite funky. Remember though, BUSH is no longer popular... ;)

hit40 - He just defines what funky is, doesn't he?

jacki - You're right, for some reason I always forget about that site. I need to favorite it...

Tom & Amp; Icy - That would work because I'm already a pain in the ass...

wings - I haven't been out reading yet today but I can just imagine. Even I was a bit perplexed about what to post...well, for at least 15 minutes that is

roy - Whew...the funky chicken. For a second there I thought you were going to do the Hokey-Pokey... I think you hit it though...that's what it's all about!

brian - That's a good way to make an omelet...just put the ingredients in a bag and into a lunch box and then put it in the back seat. When you reach your destination...omelet!

subtorp77 - Now I'm going to have to go look that up...

quirky - Ha! Yeah, they was dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin'...I had it in my head for a full day too and now you've managed to do it again. I guess I started it though...

VE said...

subtorp77 - Could be Wild Cherry though too...either way...aack!

mrsupole - New record on the number of uses of funk! I see your writing isn't in a funk!

Candie Bracci said...

Lol,that was really cool to read and see how it had different meanings in the past.

VE said...

candie - I guess language is a living entity...always changing

Kurt said...

That kind of funky is pronounced "fun-kayyy"

Marianna said...

I looked it up too, heh heh. I'm guessing most fellow TT bloggers did...imagine the statitics "the word 'funky' had the most google hits on July 2! More than 'Paris Hilton'" lol

Happy TT
xoxo

Elizabeth said...

When I read the title of your blog the first thing that popped into my head was that TV show Sanford and Son. I totally had a crush on Lamont. He was definately funky!!

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Do gay next. Now there's a word that's changed!

subtorp77 said...

@Mrsupole's latest comment-LMFAO!!

VE said...

kurt - Did you teach that in school?

marianna - It's one of those words everyone knows but when it comes to writing about it everyone goes...huh?

elizabeth - Ha! I remember that show. Perfect show for Red Skelton...

perpetual chocoholic - It has indeed. It now stands for Greek Argyle Yarn. It's an expensive form of yarn...

subtorp77 - She's always stealing my thunder...well, if you call a loud clap my thunder that is.

Gladys said...

Now if you take out the N and replace it with a C it can get downright FUNKY ;)

moooooog35 said...

All I know is you can't have funky without 'fun.'

I have no idea what that means.

ReformingGeek said...

"Won't you take me to Funky Town?"

I don't want to go if Webster was on the town council.

VE said...

gladys - My kind of funky...

moooooog35 - Same with with funeral...

reforminggeek - Yeah, that Webster seemed to take all the fun out of funky.

Uncivil said...

GET THE FUNK OUT MA FACE
Brothers Johnson

Get the funk out ma face
Get the funk out ma face
Get the funk out ma face
Get the funk out ma face

You don't like my music
You don't have to use it
Funkin' is a thing that all of us release
You don't have to get it
All you do is let it
Then you'll know exactly how to groove

You don't like my music
You don't have to use it
Funkin' is a thing that all of us release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7_lhfpN1vg

VE said...

uncivil - Ha! bulls eye, my friend! Where'd you find that? Damn! Look at those outfits. I'll bet you still have yours...wait, you aren't that white guy on the trumpet with the big fro-beard are you?

Nessa said...

Wow, that picture second to last looks like my daily reality. No wonder I have headaches.

VE said...

nessa - That's makes you quite funky then!

Ronda Laveen said...

That picture of Funky Kingston is priceless. His speaker is bigger than his truck.

VE said...

ronda - As it should be!

nursemyra said...

your fashion-challenged geriatric would fit right in at the gimcrack

VE said...

nursemyra - Excellent...you can have the store tomatoes too.

Tom said...

ha! first time i ever heard Bach called funky!

Megan said...

Store-bought tomatoes have no taste at all. So how can they be funky?

Janna said...

For some reason I can't get rid of the mental image of Funky Kingston and the yellow/orange suit guy in a steel cage death match.

gab said...

And on Saturday I'm gonna have a "funky" birthday!

Sandra Leigh said...

I had a comment to make, but I forgot it when I saw that Subby likes to be slapped with a fish.

Serena said...

That guy's jacket. That's funky.

The Silver Fox said...

"Don’t you hate it when you look something up and they simply refer you to something else?"

Reminds me of when I was in grammar school and we had to write definitions for vocabulary words. Any word that stumped me, like "spishfulziffermalter," was always good for a definition like "one who spishfulziffermalts!"

subtorp77 said...

@Sandra, only if it's a flounder, else-wise I get a haddock! (aahh, rim shot, badda bing! )

Matt-Man said...

I use funky in a positive way more often than not. That's my comment and I'm sticking to it. Cheers!!

J A Harnett-Hargrove said...

Thanks for the visuals... a picture is worth a thousand different (good) funks.

ettarose said...

I like the word "funky" If you say it kind of muffled you get such funny looks especially at church. Funky is a multi talented word. It can have so many uses from yuck to cool. Love it.

VE said...

tom - Leave it to me to do it...

megan - You were skimming again weren't you? One of the definitions is "tasteless" and they certainly fall into that category.

janna - Ha! That would be a good one but I think Kingston would win pretty easily

gab - Your birthday or the nation's birthday or both?

sandra - Don't encourage him!

serena - Yeah...the wifey-poo wondered where on Earth I found that. I gave her my standard reply...don't ask.

silver fox - Ha! I remember that technique. Works in the corporate world too...

subtorp77 - See...I told her not to encourage you...

matt-man - You ARE funky...in a positive way!

J A Harnett-Hargrove - Judging from this Theme Thursday, there probably are a thousand different funks

VE said...

ettarose - You're right. If there is anything I learned from this weeks word is that it is more versatile than I had imagined.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

My kids smell funky right about now....

I like Bach and the "play that funky music white boy"...!

yellojkt said...

My two favorite funky songs are "Grow some funk of your own" and "Play that funky music white boy".

Maureen said...

So does that mean everyone in Funky Town smells???

VE said...

arizona - You pointed out my favorite line of the post...thanks.

yellojkt - I know one of those two!

maureen - It sure does...that's why few go there...

Jaime said...

very...funky. i was looking forward to seeing how you'd play this theme.

VE said...

jaime - ...with my usual nonsense!

Anne said...

you're right about store tomatoes, but the orange tie is abfab.

VE said...

anne - If you have to wear a tie, might as well make it obnoxious. I'd have a pop up musical one...