Thursday, December 8, 2011

Catch Phrase

What's your trademark phrase? How about a quote or saying that you repeat often?

Oh God. I knew eventually I would write about this. And I really have no problem writing about it, it's just that it's so hard to explain. It started as an inside joke and then it kind of snowballed into a hashtag. It snowballed into a catch phrase. It snowballed into a life of its own. There really was no real reason for this word to be used, originally. It just kind of happened. I'm not proud of it. these things just kind of take on a life of their own.

This catch phrase is Cockring.

(See also #cockring)

It all started at a mash-up meet-up involving a bunch of tweeters. There was a birthday celebration, an album re-release celebration and I think we were also celebrating the end of summer. We all met at a restaurant. We drank and we ate and we drank some more. Someone from one end of the table made a joke about a cockring and that turned into "hashtag cockring" referencing our mutual Twitter alliance. It was funny. Everyone laughed. And then some of us would end a bad joke with "hashtag cockring" to make an unfunny joke funny. The word really didn't mean what it originally did. It was no longer just a cockring. It didn't necessarily have anything to do with what we were talking about, sometimes. Other times it was literal.

Somehow, for reasons that escape me, most of the bronze rings that were around the napkins at the restaurant, ended up at the next stage of our get-together. The above picture, taken by me, shows these infamous rings and as far as I know, they are still there. These rings became a symbol for our amazing night, but they also became a scapegoat for things we were unhappy about or embarrassed of days and months later. Someone would tweet that a cockring was needed to get home safely while at the same time someone else would send a tweet out blaming a lack of cockrings as the reason why it was so rainy outside. There were also mentions of getting punched in the cockring and with the cockring simultaneously. There was also a figurative (for the moment) drinking game involving a cockring toss. I am not not sure if this involves throwing the rings at someone, throwing someone through the rings or some combination of both of these.

Like I said, it took on a mind and life of its own. The cockring also became a verb. There were numerous tweets about cockringing someone or something. It was also a bad idea to get cockringed. Your day would never be the same after that. I'm honestly not sure what is involved in cockringing, but it is not a pleasant activity, I assume. But at the same time being cockringed could be a wonderful and beautiful thing. The cockring is in the eye of the beholder. The early cockring gets the worm. A cockring in the hand is better than two in the bush. (Or is it?)

As you can see, we all became pretty obsessed over this hashtag and catch phrase. Or maybe it's just me. I'm not sure. No, it can't just be me. It's not like I invented it or something. It was a collaborative effort. This collaboration included tweeters, beer, amazing food, wine, and dirty minds. And some booze. Outsiders wouldn't understand the power and magnificence of the cockring. They would just think we were being dirty. Or speaking in code. Or something. But we're not. Really.

Behold the power of #cockring.

It's good for any occasion.

1 comment:

  1. i was also going to write about #cockring, but you pretty much just killed it. i can't top this. good job, sir.