Tuesday, April 17, 2007
What does somebody have to do to be a permanent fixture in one's culture? And what's the least amount of effort one can put forth to get this to happen?
Here's an idea... introduce a new word into your language. "Truthiness," for example. Right now, the Blogger spell-checker is marking "Truthiness" in this typed post as an error, but, if this word somehow survives its novelty as a satirical concept promoted by a TV comedian, and enters into the holy halls of Regular Usage, perhaps someday the spell-checker will nod, yes, no problem with that word. That seems like a pretty amazing accomplishment to me.
So, now, I present... my word that will spread like a filthy little virus -- hell it might even enter the OED with balloons and party horns:
So far, two definitions.
1st Definition -- The act of an actor in a film or TV show, who in a line of dialogue mentions the name of the TV show or film he/she is acting in (e.g. "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.").
Character actor Dick Miller is a notorious ringdinger, and has ringdinged in at least two films that I have seen.
He uses the word "gremlins" in the Joe Dante film Gremlins, and says the words "after hours" in Martin Scorsese's After Hours. Even when he isn't ringdinging, I am on the edge of my seat expecting it. He played the gun shop owner in The Terminator, and when Arnold asks for a "Phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range" I always expect Dick Miller's character to reply, "What are you, some kind of Terminator?"
2nd Definition -- The act of promoting one's self through the introduction of some lazy conceit, or a feeble twist on a preexisting novel concept.
So, by the second definition above, I myself am ringdinging in attempting to introduce the word "ringdinging" into the language.
Wow, I am the coolest loser on the planet!