Friday, 30 May 2014

Bloggers are just gegs

Word of the week is geg.

I am holding my hands up in the air.
And I'm waving them like I just don't care.
Because I couldn't care less in fact that I am one of the biggest gegs in the history of gegdom.

What the hell is she going on about you may ask?
Has she been midday drinking again you may wonder?
And if you are from Liverpool you are probably nodding your head and saying: Yes love you are indeed one mega geg alright!

Geg is one of those wondrous words that only exist within the boundaries of the city I grew up in. Words such as boss, sound and antwacky that you inherit as part of your language as easily as the lyrics to I Will Survive and We are Family.

It is also one of those words that you can't explain to normal non-Scouse people. Some of the hilarious attempts from Urban Dictionary include:
  • Meaning to rudely interrupt/join in a conversation without being invited. Originates from Liverpool, England. "Geg out, you geg-in." "Do I smell geg-fried rice?"
  • Someone who goes to something they weren't actually invited to. Someone who butts into, or who is listening to a conversation. Someone who tags along. Can be used as a noun or verb- "gegging in" "Is it okay if I geg with you at that party tonight?" "Tony was definitely gegging into our conversation before" "Jess is such a geg"
  • When a person butts into a conversation uninvited or follows a group without being asked they are a "geg". "Geg out!" is often used to tell someone to leave the conversation/group.
    Geg Out Damien!, Can You Smell Geg?
But believe me when I tell you that if you are a blogger you are a gegger. Fact. Why?

1. We are always gegging in on twitter

If you are a blogger, you have to use social media otherwise no poor fool would read your stuff apart from your mum and sister (and sometimes they beg you to stop. Ally, give it a rest. I'd rather watch Corrie). Twitter seems to be the easiest way to build up followers but man you have to work it. You have to engage and as you don't really know anyone at first you basically just have to butt into all manner of conversations and yes you do feel like a dick.

Twitter person #1: So yeah I'm having a dinner party shall I serve salmon or sushi?
Twitter person #2: I always order in - gives more time to prepare the wine and dress the house.
Twitter person #1: Of course I am ordering in. The Butter Posh Buffet looks homemade. Think I'll go for lobster.
Me: Could just order McDonalds hahaha
Me: Haha
Me: Ha
*end of twitter conversation*
Over time though you needle out the other gegs that enjoy a good geg and don't mind you gegging in at all.
2. We like a geg at people's houses
Or children, clothes, days out, dinner, inside of cupboards and the coffee that someone drank last Tuesday. We just love gegging at all aspects of someone else's life. It is ace. You went for a walk in the park and saw dog poo in the shape of a magical mirror. Awesome. Let me make a brew and I'll have a read - I hope you took pictures. Bloggers (and I include myself) just love gegging in on your daughter's first birthday, that date night that went so wrong (but was so funny) and how your attempts at potty training are reducing you to tears (chin up; have some gin).
3. We geg in at events
Would you turn up to an event where you know no one, spend weeks thinking about what to wear to look casual and look forward to "meeting" hundreds of people you actually know more about than your own friends. You won't be arrested for knowing that some stranger has three children called Polly, Penny and Peter and she loves eating Pot Noodle whilst listening to Pet Shop Boys. In fact you will be applauded for remembering as many random facts about people as possible.
You: Hello, what's your name?
Random person at Britmums: It's Mummy Does Dancing in Devon
You: Oh yes! Lovely to meet you. How is the cat now after she swallowed that Peppa pig head? And the twins? Have they settled into pre-school? It was terrible that you and your husband had that row about whether Gogglebox is good or bad or we watch it as there is basically sh*t all on TV anymore. Go on tell more about your sister's new husband? Do you want a Snowball? I know that's your fav drink especially when the moon is three quarters high in the sky.
4. We like knowing all the geg
There was another name for bloggers back in the day and they used to spend too long hanging out their washing and leaning over fences. We are basically nosey holes. We like to know stuff. And we like to tell people stuff. I don't care if you'd rather change sixteen nappies in a row than read about my child's latest antics because I am going to tell you anyway.
Me: Guess what my little girl can nearly do the splits.
Blogger #1: Amaze. My little boy can nearly do a forward roll.
Blogger #2: I wrote a similar piece about how nearly doing stuff is better than doing stuff. Makes them more rounded.
Blogger #3: Epic. Look at my new cushions.
Me: Guess what my little girl can nearly do the splits a bit more.
So there you have it. All the latest geg on the word geg. I am now going to share this post on geg everywhere so other people can geg in on it too.
Gabe says: "Mum come and sit here. I can't believe my eyeballs.
This is a boss place to sit and get all the geg!"

31 comments:

  1. Never heard of the word "geg", but I'll remember it now! I guess I am one too, because I love reading about the lives of other people! :)

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  2. HAHAHAHA!! Am properly LOLing. Hilariousness! If I meet Mummy Does Dancing in Devon I shall spiel off your crib notes (it's ok, I know she doesn't exist. I'm just entering your reality through the magical poo mirror). When I meet you at BML I am going to give you a giant hug and look forward to a hilarious night out, and day giggling at back of seminar things. LOVE this post, you genius. x

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    1. What do you mean Mummy Does Dancing in Devon doesn't exist. She is my best friend in the world ;) Looking forward to the giggling x

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  3. Oh, totally this. Precisely what I love about blogging. Excellent word.

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    1. It is such a good word isn't it xx

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  4. Want to have a geg at my lunch? I'm sitting here, eating it while typing and chortling at your post. It's cheese and tomato, in a pitta no less. You're interested, right? Right????

    What a fantastic post. I'd never heard the word 'geg' before - thanks for educating this Welsh girl!

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    1. What you having now Nell - I need to know ;) xx

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  5. ha - had to read this to find out what it was! lol x And yeah - blogging is one big fat interrupting free-for-all isn't it! #whyweloveit x

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  6. Ha love it Alison! Especially the Twitter feed. I've personally dried up more online chats with 'really useful advice' than anyone else. Hope you'll forgive me for gegging in on your conversations at Britmums (is that right?) :)

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    1. Geg away Jo - can't wait to meet you. I am really good at drying up convos on Twitter ha x

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  7. What a brilliant word and so approrpriate to blogging and twitter. (The whole concept would collapse without geggers, surely?) Love it and will definitely be using it from now on. Genius! xxx

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    1. Geggers make the world go around :) x

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  8. HA HA HA! I loved the geg twitter convo. I do it all the time. Send a sarcastic tweet. Expecting hilarity to ensue. Then? Nada. Brill balar. Hope we can geg on the train together xxx

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    1. Looking forward to gegging and babbing (is that the right context ha?) on the train x

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  9. Haha this made me laugh so much I use this word all the time! I used it on someone I met recently whilst training for work in Liverpool (I'm from Wirral) and they were from Scotland and I got the most horrendous look lol, and you are completely right I totally agree #sharewithme

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    1. At last someone who knows the word - it is a brill word that says so much isn't it. It should be in general use. Love that you used it in work haha x

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  10. Never heard of this word but I did enjoy reading your humorous account of it all and as a fellow blogger I guess I am a geg! :-) #sharewithme

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  11. How interesting! I clicked your link as 'geg' is also used in parts of Northern Ireland. It means something else though. You would say a person is 'a geg', meaning he person is a laugh or a bit nutty! I suppose then you could have a geg geg! Or maybe not! #sharewithme

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    1. I am gegging in on your use of the word geg - that sounds ace too. Is there no end to this word's talents ;) xx

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  12. As a relocated scouser myself seeing 'antwacky' written there made me laugh. I still say geg-in, which is why i'm failing as a cheshire wife haha

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  13. I was Going to say what Mel did! A geg here is an affectionate term for someone funny. I love your use of it more though! Glad we got that cleared up before BML - just in case I unintentionally insult anyone via the language barrier! Loved this, as always sweetpea xx

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    1. that's ok Emma that's what I am there for, I say things that get me into trouble all the time like fanny. I am American after all. hahaha

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  14. hahaha you have done it again. Made me snort my coffee laughing. I am a geg and I love this about blogging. I am constantly butting into twitter conversations only for them to end or the two people carry on and not respond to me. ahhaha newbie here can you tell? Love this. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. You are so great. #sharewithme

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  15. After reading this, I'm still not 100% sure what gegging is. But this post was hilarious! Especially the twitter convos.

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