Grant Barrett, Martha Barnett, Taipa discussed on A Way with Words: language, linguistics, and callers from all over


I'm grant Barrett. And I'm Martha Barnett. Here is a wonderful word that's making the rounds in Japan. It's taipa Tai PA. And typo refers to the level of satisfaction gained compared with the time spent. And like many Japanese neologisms, it's a shortening of other words, taipa comes from Taiwan, which is borrowed from the English time performance. And taipa is particularly popular among younger folks, especially those born between 1995 and 2010. If you want optimum type or time performance, you might watch a film or listen to a podcast at twice the normal speed, or you might look for recut versions of a movie that just show the major plot points or skip to the songs that you like in a playlist. And grant I certainly seek out typo when I'm listening to audiobooks. I often turn them a little bit faster than what they should be. Oh, it's really. Yeah, I used to do that and I started realizing it was affecting my day to today conversation with people where I felt everyone was tracking around me. I had to go back to normal speed. Is that right? Yeah, yeah. But type, what a word for the modern age where we're just trying to cram more life into the time we're given. Right, right. We're being inundated with so much media and so how do you speed things up so that you get through it all? But we feel so obligated to consume the media that we're presented with. Whether it be in text or video or audio form, we feel obligated. I wonder why. I wonder why we don't just simply push it away and say, no, thank you. It's really like shoveling snow in a blizzard, isn't it? Oh, yeah, yeah. I've draining the ocean with a teaspoon. It's just never going to end. I think this is why best of lists thrive. The best of 2023 of this order of that sort because you need filters. You need people to curate quality for you so that you're not having to sort it yourself and have to do things like watch a movie at twice the speed. That sounds ridiculous. But action movies are fast enough without seeing a kick punches at a double speed. I can't imagine. Well, we I love talking about language on this show and we often venture into things like besides new words. We've talked about slaying that your kids bring home or slang you remember from your old childhood, the books that you read, the books that we read and we like to talk about those gentle disputes you have at work and at home about the right way to say things in the right way to write them. Let us know what you're thinking 877-929-9673. That's toll free in the United States and Canada. And if you're somewhere else, you can send us an email, words, wayward radio dot org or find lots of other ways to reach us on our website at wayward radio dot org slash contact. Hey there, you have a way with words. Hi. Hi, who's this? How are you? This is Carol from Iowa. Hi Carol, welcome. What can we do for you? Thank you. Well, I have a question about us saying that my dad used to use his entire life. He was a really quiet guy, not a conversationalist in any way. And his name was dawn, and so I've in conversation he would use a lot of what I now call Don isms. Such as, I wish I was more rich instead of good-looking nor mother didn't have all dumb kids. But he used one the most, and it was really annoying. And over the years, we would just groan, but in response to us, maybe trying to include him in the conversation we might say something like, well, dad, what do you think about that? And he would honest to goodness almost always say, well, I think it takes a big dog to weigh a ton. And we would all just look at each other like, what the heck? And we asked him, well, what does that mean? He would just laugh. Or, you know, it really did get annoying over the years. Bless his heart. But we've never known what it meant. And I guess we never bothered to look it up, but it didn't make sense to us in any way, that thing. So that's what I'm asking is, do you know what that means? And the phrase again. It takes a big dog to weigh a ton. It takes a big dog to weigh a ton. And did you have any guesses as to what it meant? None. I have no inkling. You know, Carol, he wasn't the only one to say it, and there are quite a few different versions of it. It goes back at least a hundred years and when people use it genuinely, or have used it generally in the past, they've used it to mean it, it takes a strong person to handle a problem, or it takes a strong person to do what they say they'll do. Or that problem is going to take a lot of figuring out. It's a metaphorical. But the dog changes in the saying and the weight changes in the saying. So sometimes you might say, it takes a big woman or it takes a big man or a big pig, a big hog, a big steer, or you might say a mighty big one or a pretty big one. And then the ton could be a thousand pounds, 500 pounds, a hundred pounds, 50 pounds. And so all these different variations have been used over the many years. And all of these are just the kind of thing that they do appear in conversations and in writing as a non sequitur. But they're often a way to say, I don't know, but this sounds like a real problem and it kind of sucks for you. Interesting. That makes a total sense. And now I'll have to think back to the thousands of times we use. I also love that it's just piping up and saying the obvious. It does indeed take a big dog to weigh a ton. Yeah. Yeah. And the funny part is I've never heard anybody else use that saying. So I'm glad to know he didn't just make it up. Yeah, it used to be more common, but I think this one is fading out, I think this one will soon be just a memory and family lore, just like yours. Interesting. Interesting well, now I know. Now we all know. Now we all know. And thank you for sharing your memories and your family lore. Yeah, now we all know some dawn isms. Yeah, I'd share the rest of you. Some are some are inappropriate, but I like the other one you shared about. I wish I was, I wish I was born rich instead of so good-looking. I wish I was more rich instead of good-looking. He liked that one too. I love it. Take care now. Pretty well. Okay. Thank you. Bye bye. Bye, Carol. It's always great to hear about those endearing family phrases. Share yours with us 8 7 7 9 two 9 9 6 7 three or send it in email that address is words at wayward radio dot

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