Monday, 13 July 2009

Urban Definitions

I was on Facebook again and found a term used by niece Yan quite shocking to my zen eyes.

The word was C+A+M+W+H+O+R+I+N+G!

Clicking on her link opened up a whole page of photos of Yan and her family in various candid poses. They were funny pictures, as I had expected, as our ohana are wont to such practices. So that got me grinning again.

However, curiosity got the better of me and I ended up in Urban Dictionary looking at 13 definitions offered for "c+a+m+w+h+o+r+e". Sorry for the plusses but at 55, certain insensitive words and pictures (not yours, Yan dear) do rub me the wrong way.

I've extracted a couple of the less nasty definitions as per below - the rest are just too vicious for the likes of me:

- Anyone, male or female, who is addicted to taking countless pictures of themselves to post on the internet. Pictures range from conservative face shots to explicit nude photos complete with visible sex acts. A camwhore may reach the status of such internet fame that they can begin CHARGING for the privelege of viewing their pictures

- A person, Male or Female who likes to take pictures upon pictures of themselves. They may post them all over their little spaces on the net, including but not limited to Lj, Xanga, My Space,, Hot or, Ect... And they may post them all over message boards they frequent. Or they can be one of your friends who likes to send you a dozen new pictures everyday of themselfs, in new and old poses, clothes, makeup, ect... And you now have a bigger collection of their face on your computer than you do Mp3 files and other picture files put together. And if any one were to see said collection of pic's you might be accused of being obsessive, or a stalker or something.

There are also definitions for "Malaysia" in Urban Dictionary - and I'm very sad to say that a number of them are spewing vile and malice. That is as much as I can take from you, Urban Dict: me streaming bad thoughts myself.

Hold on, cut the negativity; I then looked at what this site has to say about....... ZEN...

Among the descriptions are ............. jeng jeng jeng .......


- Used to describe someone/something that has reached an uber state of coolness and inner peace

- A state of mind in which one is calm and impassive and does not betray their true emotions. Nothing phases one who is zen.

- Your inner cool

- Arabic word that means "fine" or "ok"; usually used to answer the following questions: shlonaq? keifaq? both questions mean (how r u?)

You can tell I like that one, right? Also this one below.

- Used in computer programming to refer to a sudden flash of insight, usually regarding a problem, and how to fix it. Faster version of glark, and it usually sends one well on their way to grokking something. A paradigm shift.
"I was this close to giving up, but then I got a zen"

Well yeah, I used to write buggy computer programs at college.

So how am I feeling right now?

Quite Zen, Shukran Jazilan......


mekyam said...

hi zee!

i otoh find new msian coinages like 'camho/camwhore' rather fascinating.

it must be the language & communication buff in me. because it can't be totally because i'm quite jaded and my sensibilities have become calloused. ;D

but language is probably the most prominent of all cultural registers. the information than can be gleaned from each twist & turn and every new development are incredibly rich in what they reflect.

Capt's Longhouse said...


,,,you are one cool lady not only in words but also in deeds !!
,,,indeed you Zen, Zendra (ZeeBra)hehehe!!

,,,Cool Cat yaa la lu yoooo!! REelax selalu nak buat guanaa?? yaa. Trengganu speak wooo.

,,,hehe!! not like kitty cat kita, tak cool, nak cari pasai dgn jiran banggali lima puloh kupang tu !! oops sorry terlepas cakap yaa. hope u are grinning again too hohoho. ...o.k. good nite n sweet dreams too.


Capt's Longhouse said...

Urban or Uban ?? hehehe tak nak tidor lagi, honey habis di-pulau, the bees are gone yoooo. just hornets to hunt me down 2nd time round kot ??.

tok uban

Zendra said...

Oh hi mekyam, u know having grown up on DH Lawrence, i'm not really such a prude, but it's just that some new words really jump out at me - there's camwhore, there's s-wipe, b---licker etc, etc. I s'pose they are quite mainstream already and I've got to accept them hehe.

BTW I remember this is your anniversary month, isn't it? Happy Anniversary to you and yours, semoga kekal ke anak cucu :D

Zendra said...

Hey Tok, URBAN lah. Not Uban Dictionary. That one I care not to open already cos takut terstumble on your camho pictures yang strictly for your private viewing lah Capt. I nangis tengok tau! hehe

Saya... said...

mengumpat kitty kat sini ek? haha

ya Zen, i too am so surprised at the nonchalant usage of camwhoring...the girls become like different beings on they do not appreciate what it really means this "camwhore".

nothing to do with language methinks, more reflective of the degeneration of kids and their increasingly limited limited to the gadgets they own and how they abuse it.

over half the kids in school have their camwhore pics available for distribution amongst fellow students..and i would emphasize the whore in these naked pics...they also have their 'pimps' who take these and make money off them. fellow student pimps.

Saya... said...

(thats why im quite opposed to the use even in 'family' why on earth would someone wannna use such a word for family pics...maybe they don't know the dubious origins, kot)

Zendra said...

Kitty, you scare me with those statistics lah. I've got a dotter in asrama school still, now I'm just not sure what they get up to amongst themselves, hahaha. Guess that's why the school conduct searches now n then and confiscate handphones and such. Yup, she called on the public phone last week to tell me she got kantoied!

Capt's Longhouse said...

"look hot stay cool"

this morning word of wisdom !!,,,from tok uban to all the good ladies o.k.??

Capt's Longhouse said...

Zendra,,,joke ??,,no serious advise-lah,,hehehe

Saya,,,don't die yet,,,,listen to this o.k.??
,,,One day a pirate's donkey fell down into a well.
The animal cried piteously for hours as the pirate tried to figure out
what to do...???,,,yoooo!!
,,,Finally, he decided the animal was old,(like me-lah!!) and the well needed to be
covered up anyway;
it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey..

,,,He invited all Saya banggali neighbors to come over and help him.
,,,So they all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.
,,,At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly..
Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

,,,A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well.
He was astonished at what he saw.
With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing
something amazing.
He would shake it off and take a step up.

,,,As the banggali neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal,
he would shake it off and take a step up.
Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up
over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt.
The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up.
Each of our troubles is a steppingstone.
We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up!
Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happen.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from yourself,,,hehehe

Tok Uban

Saya... said...


dengar tu nasihat Tok Uban pasal donkey...hahaha. siap masuk neibor benggali aku lagi...

Zendra said...

Good one Capt., in fact best one yet from you lah - very befitting of a Tok Uban.

Moral of the story: If you fall into a well, firstly make sure it is dry, secondly that your nearest and dearest wish you were dead - QwaQwa

Does that sound bleak?

Hey I'm happier than happy - I'm Zen :)

Saya... said...

(kita panggil dia Capten Turban lah ini macam)

Zendra said...

Tunggu dia convert longhouse jd sekolah agama, boleh panggil Tok Serban wink,wink.

Semoga dimakbulkan. Niat tu dah ada ... dah rekod masuk buku

mekyam said...

thank u much, zee. yes, it's this month. i'm touched you remember.

Zendra said...

M. Chauve, nous sommes des gommes à effacer extraordinaire!

Zendra said...

Didn't make any sense anyway:

de prestige Zendra !!,,,enquete dans u monde parallele yooo??
capt de grand chef, s'invite dans la cuisine,,,yoooo. I'imagination ?? Oui !!!!
,,,l'indispensable Capitano hohoho.
Saya hang pii belajak Peranchissss yaa!!,,,padan muka tak faham faham gee hahaha. bff mu boleh tolong kot ??


Capt's Longhouse said...


I was just pulling Saya's leg-lah, indeed it does not make any sense yaa,,dia panggil kita Turban-kan??. Jangan jadi taliban pulak !!.


Do have another great day o.k. and am busy preparing the Longhouse for the Team Building course-lah.

,,,,,salam to the hubby and the kids too,,,exam coming, study smart

Zendra said...


WAAH! Got tug-of-war or not?


*Tok Serban takpe ke?*