When ‘Slang’ Meets MS

‘Slang’ words are non-standard words or phrases that are informally used and incorporated into the daily vocabulary of a language. Although generally used by younger generations, adults aren't always foreign to the terms and may even have some idioms they express as well. I thought I might have a little fun bringing slang terminology and MS together.

Here are several examples of such jargon

“I'm buggin'” or “you’re buggin'” was a term used primarily in the 80’s in response to something you’ve seen or heard or when someone has said or done something outlandish. The current term meaning much of the same is  "I'm (or you’re) trippin'".

When there is a person in the midst and someone exclaims “Mmmm! He/she is fine!” That is the ‘hip’ way of saying said person is attractive.

Telling someone not to “hate”  means not to be jealous and “keeping it real” is saying to be honest or forthcoming.

Should you hear the phrase “get on my nerves”, someone is stating that someone or thing is bothering them.

And here is such jargon as it relates to MS for me

Bugs crawling on me

Should I say that “I'm buggin'”, I really mean it! It's normally at some point every day, but nights are the absolute worst. I feel like bugs are on my head, crawling up and down my legs and sometimes my arms too. The itching is relentless, and I feel like I can't scratch enough.

Literally tripping over my own feet

“I'm trippin'" would literally mean tripping for me... over my own feet due to foot drop. Not so much anymore, though, fortunately (...or unfortunately depending how you perceive it..) because walking is so limited these days as a result of weakened legs that I’m not tripping, but rather falling.

"I'm fine"

Although I’ll happily appreciate the compliment of the slang definition of the word "fine," I think of how it relates to my life with MS. Numb, tingly, burning legs, tired, achy arms, mood a bit downcast. Someone asks ‘how are you?’ and my response is normally “fine”. I just don't want to complain or ruin what might be a casual or random meeting with a listing of whatever possible symptoms that I may be experiencing at the time. Hate actually means to loathe... and I loathe having MS.

MS makes my brain deceitful at times. I want to tell it to be honest, hence, the idiom “keep it real”. For instance: there are really no bugs on me. Some things I used to do, I really cannot do any more or must do differently. My feet are not moving forward, and any other untrue signal it decides to send out.

MS gets on my nerves

The term ‘get on my nerves’, as it's actual meaning, truly bothers me and my Central Nervous System (CNS) which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves - all of which has been affected from my having MS. Therefore, the figurative meaning also applies as MS truly does get on my nerves!

I have MS and some days are considerably worse than others. Actually, to be positive, I’ll say some days are much better  than others. (I try to challenge myself with positive thoughts and words.) At any rate, the idiom that I often use means that everything's alright and I happen to love it... It is “it's all good”!

And that is how slang meets MS.

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