It’s not easy for the ESL these days.
The other day Mama had a question for me.
“I need an opinion that belongs to you,” she said. And then she told me that she read a review of “the new F and X show” where “Britney is judge” and the review said that “Britney killed it.” Mama was confused by this and first asked Papa.
Papa reasoned that this was a negative review of Britney’s performance because killing is bad. Papa’s moral code is very Biblical, apparently.
Mama agreed but then she watched the show and thought Britney did a great job so how could review be so wrong. This led to confusion and to thought that “killed it” was actually very good.
Young Ladrinka confirmed for Mama that killing is fantastic and something that everyone should strive for in their every day life and interactions.
That’s when she sought my counsel.
“You agree with this killing?” she asked.
And yes, I did.
When I had to miss Shari’s Voice of the Year at BlogHer this summer, Wendi texted me, “Shari’s killing it.” At first I was excited because I thought that Wendi was trying to activate a new business -Alibis R Us, a service that would help out people (of means) who happen to need someone to vouch for their whereabouts if the heat came calling, but unfortunately, she just meant that Shari’s reading was awesome.
So that was a lesson learned.
“Why can’t the Wendi just say that Sharon did a good job?” Mama asked when I related this story to her. (I did however notice a twinkle in her eye when I mentioned the Alibis R Us part, so the business may be up and running sooner than expected!)
I admit that I didn’t have a good answer.
Killing used to have a negative connotation. The Killing Fields. Psycho Killer. A Killer Among Us.
Now it is a big compliment.
“Have a wonderful day with many killings!”
“Hey, you, killer, you!”
“Come here, I’m going to kill!”
I wonder if murder is next.
“I thought she killed it, but only manslaughter in the first degree, nothing premeditated.”
“Really? I was going to give it nothing less than Murder One. As a matter of fact, I was hoping she’d get the death penalty for it, it was THAT GREAT.”
See? It really is hard for the ESL.
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