Joogz: The wobbly bits behind your upper arms or the padding over your hips. A joog is not a joog unless it can be pinched, pulled, or in special circumstances, stepped on.
My high school best friends and I started using this word somewhere around our second year together. While I wasn’t the weirdo who inducted this term into our daily vernacular, I embraced it with such immediacy that “joogz” quickly became as commonplace as our school uniforms.
I’m not even sure where the word came from; we had a tendency to speak in a super creepy voice — somewhere between a frog in our throat and a muppet on acid. It’s possible that what once used to be “jiggle” somehow turned into “joogz,” however I’d say it got its moniker from a visual onomatopoeia…if such a thing can even exist.
We had others of course — many I’m not at liberty to disclose — but in relaying the vocabulary to Leandra she reminded me that she and her high school best friends did the same thing.
My favorite is their title for the curly-q hairs that live right at the nape of the neck — the loops that never straighten despite chemical or ceramic intervention: “baloonies.”
And my other friend, Gabby, shares a word with her best friend, Bianca. They call each other “dangus,” which means idiot. Lovingly. And when something bad happens to Gabby’s roommate Sara, they employ the word “ostrich,” which (you get the visual) means: to hide.
I tend to surround myself with the strangest of humans, so the fact that nearly everyone I know has a “friend language” comes as no surprise. But you guys read Man Repeller, which means I’m surrounded by you too, and in the name of osmosis and all that is solvent, I’m going to go ahead and assume you also have a prett-y weird vocabulary within your crew.
So tell me your words. Please. I want to write each one down and study them all in the hope that we can become completely fluent in friendship.
Whichever is easier to memorize.