Quick, what’s the opposite of “OK”?
That’s pretty lame.
Well, the Japanese have the answer to our linguistic problems, and you can see it on this electronic card reader:
NG. Can you guess what it means?
“No good”. The opposite of “OK”.
Furthermore, if you were to, say, suggest that it might lighten the mood in the office if you ironically hum “Whistle while you work” for the duration of the working day, the answer you get might look like this:
(Source: the Internet)
This is a common gesture to indicate that something is forbidden or that you’re doing something wrong, often used with a spoken “NG” or “No goodo”. I have to admit, I’m on the end of more than my fair share of these.
Do you see what’s happening? A new strain of English has emerged, and we’re falling behind. While we’re snoozing on the pool deck of the good ship Native English, everyone else is zipping past us in their robot speed boats, the wind flicking their hair in an alluring way as they invent and extend English as they please.
Come on team, let’s get with the program. I want to new word (or acronym using re-purposed words) from each of you on my desk by 9am tomorrow.