This is a story about a widower and his college-age son who meet with my friend Ed, a financial planner, regarding the making of a retirement plan. The man wants to set up certain funds and trusts for his son and also to flip over his business when the son graduates. Of course, the son hasn't yet told his father he isn't interested in selling surgical supplies for the rest of his life. I mean, being up to your armpits in catheters and cotton balls?
Now, the meeting is apparently going quite well as the father details exactly what he wants done with his money, with his business and, of course, with his son's life. The son stares at the ceiling. He hasn't said a word until Ed's cell phone starts ringing. However, Ed has no intention of answering it, not when he is trying to write out colonoscopy tubes.
The son opens his mouth, "Hey man, you're blowin' up."
That's it. From then on, according to Ed, it all went downhill. The son starts to express his opinion in no uncertain terms.
"Look, Sir (if anything, he is courteous), you're looking for 411 and that's phat but I think what my father is saying here is played out. Oh, I don't mean that he's shady, but we're talking bling-bling here and that doesn't interest me as much as it does Dad."
Ed stares back, his eyes bulging.
The son continues. "You look like you're grilling me, Sir. I really don't want to get into an argument with my Dad here 'cause I really haven't made up my mind as yet. So let me just act Switzerland on this for now. "
In a little while, the meeting is over, ended by the son declaring, "Okay I gotta bounce. This was fierce but let's keep it on the DL."
So, I raise this little story in the event you find yourself with a college student and are trying to figure out the latest lingo. Now, what I have just detailed here for you is the straight scoop, right from a top university campus.
In the event, you haven't figured out what everything means, here are the answers:
"Blowin' up" - Your cell phone is ringing
"411" - Looking for information such as details about something
"Phat" - Awesome; cool
"Played Out" - Overdone; no longer relevant
"Shady" - Not trustworthy
"Bling-Bling" - Money
"To Get Grilled" - To be stared at by someone, especially because you're attractive
"Acting Switzerland" - Neutral position
"Bounce" - Leave
"Fierce" - Also, awesome, cool
"On the D.L." (down low) - Keep it quiet
You get the picture now, gentle peeps? Ah, peeps, that's short for people, in general.
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