I was kind of confused. Why did this student look so content if her burrito was unpleasantly moist?
Upon further inquiry, I learned that dank was the new bad. Remember back in the ‘80s when bad meant both “bad” and “good”? Dank, too, can mean both.
(I also learned that nothing makes you feel older than not knowing what “kids these days” are talking about and realizing that the slang you’re familiar with is circa "gag me with a spoon.")
I was reminded of my "dank" experience when I read the hilarious blog post from my critique partner and fellow English instructor, Holly Vance. Her post was about her confusion regarding her students’ use of the word smashed. She didn’t know if her students were talking about getting drunk, laid, or owned.
All I can say is thank god we have i.e.
I.e. is an abbreviation of a Latin phrase that basically translates to “in other words.” It’s used for clarification.
Therefore, this is what my student SHOULD HAVE said to achieve maximum clarity:
This burrito is dank (i.e., awesome)!
Sometimes we confuse i.e. and e.g. However, don’t confuse them. That would be totally dank. And I don’t mean in a good way. I.e. means “in other words,” and e.g. means “for example.”
This weekend, I am going to get smashed (i.e., drunk).
*I am clarifying what I mean by smashed.
I’ve been known to have quite an eclectic palate for alcohol (i.e., I’ll drink anything).
*I am clarifying what I mean by “eclectic pallet.”
I am going to go to the liquor store after work to get some of my favorites (e.g., Zima, Boone’s Strawberry Hill, and Manischewitz).
*I am providing examples of a few of my faves (but I’ll drink anything).
Because I am sophisticated, I like to add a garnish to my Zima (e.g., a lime wedge or a tiny umbrella).
*I am providing examples of garnishes.
I hope you have a dank weekend! I hope it’s really bad!