I have a daughter who is in the throes of high school. Like all high school kids, she and her friends have developed their own language to describe people, life and events. Two years ago she integrated “ish” in to her vocabulary. You know, it’s “coldish” outside, I’m feeling “sleepyish,” “funnish” – you get the picture.
The word this year is “creeper.” This generally describes males that are older than she thinks they should be, hairy, odd, etc. and they usually are found to be staring at her. This occurs at the gas station, the mall, traffic lights; it can happen most anywhere. As a father who is somewhat protective of his daughter I might use a word other than “creeper.” I might also be compelled to speak or gesture at these creepers and even move toward subtle confrontation should their gaze last more than 3.7 seconds; I’m funny like that. Read more