Crunk: (n) a type of hip-hop originating in the southern U.S. and characterized by heavy bass and call-and-response vocals.
If there are social graces, then there most certainly must be social “clumsies.”
I’m speaking of those moments when we become so frightened that we’re going to appear ill-informed that we foolishly pretend we know something about a matter that we have absolutely no connection with whatsoever.
Somebody might mention a word and rather than us asking, “What in the hell is that?” we simply nod our head.
Then someone notices our vigorous head-wagging and challenges us by asking, for instance, what our favorite crunk song is.
At this point, beads of sweat break out on our brow–though we might be a bit relieved because we now know that crunk has something to do with music. (Our first guess was probably that crunk was the past tense of crank.)
Meanwhile, rather than quickly admit that we were caught—or that we don’t have any insight whatsoever on the subject, we try to come up with a generic answer in hopes that the subject will be changed, and the integrity of our all-knowing status will remain.
So in answer to the question about our favorite crunk song, we might say, “There are so many—but I am heartened by the fact that it’s gaining notoriety, and they seem to be including more women.”
We internally smile, thinking that mentioning the addition of new female crunkers was particularly ingenious.
Then we look into the eyes of our questioner.
He knows we’re full of shit.
Now what do we do?
We try to revise the topic. But with our limited musical knowledge, it’s a bit difficult to make the jump from crunk to James Taylor.
We wish to disappear and think it might be a good idea to hasten our exit, even though we just arrived at the party and it might appear suspicious.
Then it happens.
One of those snide, beautiful, skinny women standing nearby snarls, “You don’t know what crunk is, do you?”
For some reason the whole room goes silent. Everyone’s attention is suddenly focused in our direction—people waiting for an answer.
Here are the options:
Come clean and admit that we misrepresented our knowledge on the subject.