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What Is Your Word #MondayMusings

I’m not sure whether you are old enough to remember a television show called ‘What’s The Good Word‘. We had an Indian version too that was fun to watch. I know I loved watching because I’ve always enjoyed word games. I wish we’d have more television shows like it. But then, if we do I wouldn’t know, because I no longer have television (that’s the subject of a completely different post!).

What Is Your Word?

I’m sure you know that every year a few words are introduced into the dictionary. I clearly remember gasping when Beyonce’s ‘bootylicious’ made its entry! (If you don’t believe me check here.)

I was thrilled when I came to realize that the Oxford English Dictionary now has created a search tool for you to find out the word that was introduced the year you were born. Imagine, a word in your honour!

Wouldn’t you like to go and find what your birth year word is?

But before you set off to check, let me tell what my word is. I had a good laugh when I saw what it was, because I’ve never used the word in all my life.

My word is ‘bada-bing’!

It’s an interjection ‘Suggesting something happening suddenly, emphatically, or easily and predictably’.

The orgin : Probably imitating the sound of a drum roll; popularized by the US television series The Sopranos.

 I don’t see myself using it any time soon. Have you ever used it?

I had to check what José’s ‘word’ was – it’s a phrase – ‘artificial intelligence’.

In 1925, the year my Dad was born – yes, he’s 90 years old – the word introduced was ‘freebie’.  Honestly, I’ve never heard that word being used until recently and had no idea that it has been in use for so long.


While we’re talking about birth year words, it might be a good idea to look at some famous last words.

“What the devil do you mean to sing to me, priest? You are out of tune.” – Composer Jean-Philippe Rameau objecting to the priest singing at his bedside.

It seems like Sir Isaac Newton had a lot to say while dying : “I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

“Bring me a bullet-proof vest.”– James W. Rodgers, a convicted murderer while facing the firing squad.

Groucho Marx had to say something funny. He said: “This is no way to live.”

And the other Marx, Karl, was pretty hilarious too: “Go on, get out. Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.”

Now that I know what my ‘birth word’ is, I’m wondering if my last words will be – hopefully not something bada-ding!

Find your word here. Since the writer of  this article did much of the work already, you might like to check it first.

Do share your word and what you feel about it in the comments.

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  1. Psychic Nest Psychic Nest April 13, 2016

    Hi Corinne,

    “Chill pill” and to think that I started hearing that word on my 20s! Thank you for this informative and fun post. Cheers!


  2. Roxanne Jones Roxanne Jones March 17, 2016

    Like Haralee, my word is “frenemy.” And like her, i had no idea this dated back to the fifties! I checked the quotes offered by the site, and it was evidently used first in relation to the Russians and the Cold War. What a fun exercise, Corinne!

  3. Lux G. Lux G. March 16, 2016

    Bada-bing sounds like a fun word. Never heard of it until today. 🙂

  4. Vishal Bheeroo Vishal Bheeroo March 16, 2016

    Aha!! What an original post. Corinne. Will check mine soon. You must come with a post on why no TV.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 16, 2016

      Glad you liked it, Vishal. Wondering what your word is.

  5. Cathy Chester Cathy Chester March 16, 2016

    You obviously never watched “The Sopranos” because bada-bing was used a lot, and in ways you don’t want to know about.

    Now I have to look up my word. I never knew there WAS such a thing. Thanks, Corinne. Always informative and oh, so lovely.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 16, 2016

      I’ve watched one episode of The Sopranos, Cathy, so yes, I have an idea what it was about and can imagine how they used ‘bada-bing’.

      Glad you enjoyed this.

  6. Sunita Saldhana Sunita Saldhana March 15, 2016

    Loved the post. My word is Beatlesque! How apt since I learnt to jive on all their songs!

  7. Carol Cassara Carol Cassara March 15, 2016

    How fun this was! My word is blast-off, and I love it. My husband’s is TV! Can you imagine?

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 15, 2016

      Ha ha…What fun! I’m enjoying finding out everyone’s words.

  8. Anamika Agnihotri Anamika Agnihotri March 15, 2016

    It is a coincidence that I have written my Monday Musings post on TV watching. I wish I did not have a TV at home too but then I devise alternatives to make it look redundant. My birth year word is Chill pill and it made me smile. The first time I came across this word was in a movie in 2001.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 15, 2016

      Oh that’s three chillpillers I know – you, Parul and Roshan, Anamika.
      I know exactly what you mean about a television set. We have one in our flat in Mumbai and one here that belongs to our landlord. Neither are connected! 😉

  9. Jennifer Jennifer March 15, 2016

    Chocoholic. How appropriate for the wife of a Chocolate.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 15, 2016

      Ah! I love it when it really works for some people. Leanne is a chocoholic too.

  10. Rena McDaniel Rena McDaniel March 14, 2016

    That’s so funny! I definitely have to check mine out! Now every time I think of you I will be thinking of Bada Bing!

  11. Roshan Radhakrishnan Roshan Radhakrishnan March 14, 2016

    I got ‘chill pill’ as in “Take a chill-pill, dude.”
    Honestly, I am pretty sure I must have used it somewhere. Just as I am sure somewhere along the way, I’ve used ‘bada bing’ too 🙂
    I use a lot of words that are mostly sounds rather than normal words 😀

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 15, 2016

      Chill pill makes you and Parul the same age, Roshan. How cool.
      About the sounds you use – contact my husband for further details about whole sentences I speak in without using a single unintelligible word! 😉

  12. Kathy Kathy March 14, 2016

    Hi Corinne! I wanted to check out my word but I’m not a subscriber and didn’t want to sign up. So as a writer I’m making up my word. How about “OPTIMIST!” At this time in my life I doing my best to make up my own words AND life so that works for me! ~Kathy

  13. Leanne Leanne March 14, 2016

    mine was chocoholic – that should have been my husband’s (I’m more of a chipaholic!) Really fun post Corinne xx

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 14, 2016

      Chipaholic! Now that’s a word they need to introduce soon. Glad you enjoyed this, Leanne.

  14. Suzi Suzi March 14, 2016

    Whoa! My birth-year word is “recyclist,” an advocate of the recycling of waste products; a recycler. As someone who has a blog devoted to upcycling–which is, in fact in the OED as well–I find this eerily appropriate. Or, I suppose I’m a child of my times!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 14, 2016

      Isn’t that fantastic, Suzi? Now you can proudly tell everyone that the introduced the word to describe you.

  15. Haralee Haralee March 14, 2016

    I am “Frenemy”! I am surprised that word is so old. Maybe during the ‘Cold War’? I don’t thing I would describe myself such. Yours is great since I was a big Soprano’s fan. Thanks for the fun!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 14, 2016

      I had no clue too about many of the words and phrases being as old as they are, Haralee. I’m glad you enjoyed this.

  16. Vasantha Vivek Vasantha Vivek March 14, 2016

    More interesting, Corrine. Thanks for letting us know this.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 14, 2016

      You’re welcome, Vasantha. But what’s your word? 😉

      • Vasantha Vivek Vasantha Vivek March 15, 2016

        I could not make it out, Corinne. Need your help …. 😛

  17. Parul Parul March 14, 2016

    Ha ha! My came out to be chill-pill 😀 Never knew it’s a OED word!
    Good one Corinne. Never heard of that show but thanks for sharing 🙂 Last words would be fun to know too 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 14, 2016

      Seems to go with your chilled out personality, Parul. It’s sad that we can’t really plan out our last words, isn’t it ?

  18. anks anks March 14, 2016

    This is so interesting Corinne! I checked it out and my word was Downloadable! As a nerdy internet junkie, I am thrilled 😛

    You don’t watch TV at all? Ever? Wow!!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 14, 2016

      Ah. Nice. Did you realize I can now know how old you are! 😛
      Like I said, stay tuned for the TV story. 🙂

      • anks anks March 14, 2016

        haha… yes… and everyone else who comments here! fun stuff 😛 I would say I am on the right side of thirty!

        • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 14, 2016

          I quickly checked and smiled to myself – that’s the year I started college! 😉

  19. Nabanita Nabanita March 14, 2016

    I didn’t know that we could check for our word..interesting actually..I never used the word ba da bing but I do like the sound of it….How do you manage to find such interesting trivia, Corinne…Always something fresh…And you don’t watch TV? My parents would be so happy if my sister and I were like you as children! 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 14, 2016

      I’m curious to know what your word is, Naba. Do check and let us know.
      About the television story, stay tuned! 😉

      • nabanita nabanita March 15, 2016

        My word is Shopaholic Corinne 😀

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