Twice in the last week I've heard a new term at work.
It means the swirl of chaos. "Everything was fine until the boss came in and then the meeting got all swirly." Additionally, "I don't know if it was the finger-pointing or the swirl, but that situation fell apart."
Is this just a TeddyJ term? Where does it come from?
I do not know - I haven't noticed that particular one - but the past decade or so has had a lot of rapid language shift; "that got me in the feels" and similar, most of which is immediately understandable or fairly understandable while being distinctively not-standard-English, and at this point I don't notice quite all of it. (Per Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes: "Verbing weirds language" - and I think it's easy to do that with other aspects of language.)
That said, my new favorite is someone who asked if Mercury was in Gatorade again; I *bet* things would get sticky if Mercury got submerged in Gatorade...
It is possible that "swirly" might instead be vocabulary picked up from a movie or some other pop-culture source; but I wouldn't know.
Posted by: KC | November 05, 2021 at 04:48 PM
KC - I don't know, but my research reminded my of the hazing definition, which I had forgotten.
Posted by: TheQueen | November 07, 2021 at 02:26 AM