I've always tried to stay up to date with the latest fads and be in-the-know about the newest acronyms. But, at 27, I find myself asking questions like, "How exactly does one 'Hit the Quan?'"
(Spoiler alert: Apparently it is a series of dance moves.)
While sending my sister a text message asking this exact question, I realized I've become kind of lame and was reminded of a Sheldon Cooper quote from "Big Bang Theory."
"When one gets beaten up every other day in school, one of necessity develops a keen sense of hearing. Incidentally, one can get beaten up in school simply by referring to oneself as one."
I grew up in a time just as the digital age was coming into its prime. I had dial-up Internet and remember only being allowed 15 minutes of Internet access just in case grandma called.
I remember the transition to DSL and our first wireless router.
I got my first cell phone at 15, but the indestructible Nokia phone (with a clip-on cover displaying lips, of course) was only for use in case of emergencies and to alert my parents I needed picked up after a basketball game.
I remember getting my first text message and thinking my dad was going to be mad when he saw I had half of a "unit" missing.
Once I got my first text messaging package, there was no such thing as unlimited texting and every character counted. So, I adopted all the acronyms that came along with ensuring I didn't surpass that 200 text message limit for the month, like LOL and BTW. Now, these acronyms are still stuck in my daily usage, even though I could send a thousand texts message a month if I wanted.
I spend a lot of time on social media and remember when Facebook first became a "thing."
With the mixture of social media use and my constant need to stay in-the-know about how to reach all age groups as a journalist, I thought I knew what was still going on with "the kids these days."
But, that went by the wayside when my step-niece and her friend were making silly videos in my sister's kitchen recently. The two teenagers were dancing along to the hip hop song "Hit the Quan."
For two days I kept thinking about what that could possibly mean. Is Quan a person? Why are we striking him?
After finally asking the question, a subsequent Google search led me to Urban Dictionary, which explained the dance moves.
What ever happened to songs like "Tootsee Roll" that just explain what dance moves you should be doing and how many times. (I mean, who doesn't know how to do the Charlie Brown mentioned in "Cha Cha Slide?")
I guess at this point in my life, I better just stick to the basics. If people are using Twitter to get their news, then you bet I'll be posting things there, but don't expect too many hashtags.
Sabrina is the editor of the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 812-847-4487.