I’d been thinking of what to write about for a couple of days, when all of the sudden it hit me. Why not write about one of my favourite words?! After all, blogging is stringing a whole bunch of words together and… well… sometimes, they deserve a post all of their own, don’t they? I think so.
The word is ‘Tszuj‘. The action of which is ‘Tszujing‘. I just love it. Don’t you?
Some people spell it jooj or zhooj or joosh but apparently, the correct spelling is tszuj.
How amazing does it feel to say it? It just rolls off the tongue! How could it NOT be one of my favourite words?!
I have researched where it came from and what I found was very interesting.
Although it was introduced to mainstream culture by none other than the fabulous Carson Kressly, who famously used it on the hit TV show ‘Queer Eye For The Straight Guy’ in 2003, it has actually been around for much longer.
Carson himself said he picked it up while working for the famous fashion designer, Ralph Lauren.
Have you heard of ‘Polari’? The word comes from the Italian word ‘parlare’ (or – to talk). It is a form of ‘cant slang’ or ‘jargon’ used in Britain by actors, circus and fairground showmen, merchants, navy sailors, prostitutes and the gay subculture. It was even heavily featured on BBC programs in the 60’s.
FYI – the word ‘bona’ is polari as well. You’re welcome.
Polari was mostly used prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967 and fell out of use in the 70’s but a few words stuck. ‘Tszuj’ just happened to be one of them. Yay!
The verbal language of Polari is no younger than 50 years old. It may even be 150 years old. It is difficult to say exactly, given that it was not picked up as a ‘thing’ until the 60’s.
Initially it was a reference for clothing and hair but now it can relate to just about anything. We have taken the word and run like Forrest with it. Now it relates to ‘make stylish’, ‘enliven’, ‘update’…the list goes on.
It can even be used when going to the beauty salon. I’ve been known to say “I’d like my punani tszuj’d please” and the results were exactly what I was after. Bikini wax. CHECK!
You can tszuj (clean) your car.
You can tszuj (make up) or (shave) your face.
You can tszuj (decorate) your house.
You can tszuj (buy something new for) your wardrobe.
You can tszuj (add accessories to) your outfit.
You can tszuj (have a pedicure) or (clip) your toenails.
Would I like my glass tszuj’d? (filled up) Yes please!
Oh and I LOVE it when someone tszujs (deposits into) my bank account.
Heck, I even tszuj’d (spruced up) my blog.
I think you get the idea.
I hope you have enjoyed my ‘Tszuj’ obsession as much as I have enjoyed writing about it. It is time for me to say goodbye for now. I must go tszuj myself for my night out.
Until next time. Keep tszujing!
Love and Light always,