Kummerspeck! I didn’t care what it meant; this was going to become part of my regular vocabulary. I’d make room for it by getting rid of “irregardless”. Irregardless isn’t a word. It’s just “regardless” and it’s one of my pet peeves when people say “irregardless”. Since I don’t say “irregardless” – again, because it isn’t a word – it would be easy to jettison. I have room for exactly 20,124 words in my vocabulary no matter how useful some of them are to me.*
Here’s the best part: Kummerspeck paid off with an even more awesome definition!
Kummerspeck m. (genitive singular Kummerspecks)
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- (uncountable) Excess weight gained due to emotional overeating.
Are you FREAKING kidding me? GRIEF BACON?!? Jackpot! If you thought I had a blog post written two seconds after seeing this and before I could wipe four orange finger stripes across my onesie, you’d be correct!
|Grief bacon still tastes delicious!|
I snuck the use of kummerspeck into my last post. Twice. I was fishing for any recognition. Viper latched right on like, well, a snake with fangs. B.O.B. exhibited less patience and just came right out and asked.
You know how in movies they show a jilted lover grabbing a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to comfort themselves? Kummerspecking! Or on The Biggest Loser a contestant – or eight – have the sad story about an injury or a family death that caused inactivity, depression, overeating and rapid weight gain? Grief bacon! Kummerspeck!
I love the word and you’ll see it deployed often in the future on this blog so learn it now.
However, truth be told, I do take a small issue with its construction. Grief. Bacon. These are two words that don’t really belong together. If I were to word cloud these words, grief is sad, unhappy, melancholy, sullen. Bacon is delicious, happy, food group, and orgasmic. Therefore, grief bacon is an oxymoron. It seems almost criminal to associate bacon with something sad. Bacon is what a PR tastes like if it had a flavor. Bacon is like an age group award. Heck, bacon would be a wonderful age group award. In fact, a big plate of bacon would make me skip the race entirely. But would I be kummerspecking? Not according to the big greasy smile on my face.
Grief bacon is like saying ‘holocaust hors d’oeuvres’ or ‘cremation candy’ or ‘Budweiser beer’ – a horrible thing matched with a delicious thing.
Plus, why should a depressed fatty get sole use of this super cool word?
From now on, I’m considering any successful run, any PR, any age group award, ANY happy occasion to be a freudigenspeck. There, I've created a new word for you. Bacon should associate with a celebration. In kummerspeck, it’s running with the wrong crowd.
You can kummerspeck over a DNF or a ripped hamstring or you can freudigenspeck your bacon-flavored PR. It’s your classic bacon is half empty vs. half full philosophy.
For once, I was thankful for Meredith Viera and WWTBAM irregardless how ridiculous the show can be. Without it, would I know to suggest that the eviscerated soccer team from this past weekend was engaging in kummerspecking? And would I be able to use it in a blog post so that you may learn it too? No. And that would make me a kummernitmos.**
* I also have an issue with Alzheimer’s disease. I mean, the disease is bad enough but how hard is it to say – and remember – "Alzheimer’s"? My boss continually says “Old Timers” when she means “Alzheimers”, as in ‘I forgot the data for the presentation today – must be my Old Timers kicking in!’ Har Har. Fortunately my exasperated sigh is disguised by the lame chuckles from the brown nosing employees. It’s ALZHEIMER’S and you sound like a fool when you say “Old Timers’. /endofrant
**Das ist, was sie sagte!