Funky Language Monday
On Mondays in February, we’ll be focusing on specific language that is used by African Americans. I like to call it funky language because to me, funky is cool, different, exciting. My African American friend taught me that funky means smelly. Based on that little tidbit, I purposely gave the Monday writing prompts the title “funky language” to exemplify how words have more than one meaning. One fascinating usage of funky language is made by celebrity couple Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey; your job is to write about the moniker they give their children.
Like other groups of people, African Americans often use catchphrases or slang or invented words to convey specific meanings. My plan is to thoughtfully study, analyze, and think about certain words used by African Americans. Today’s writing prompt thrusts us back into pop culture momentarily. Let’s see if we can figure out the interesting name that celebrity couple Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey gave to their young twin children.
Writing Prompt 013
- Step 1: Do basic Internet research and learn some basic facts about Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey’s children.
- Step 2: Your research should instantly yield a unique moniker that Nick and Mariah use to refer to their children. What is that moniker? Why do you think they chose that? Where do you think that moniker comes from? Is this an original moniker or has it been used before? Do other celebrity couples use this moniker for their children?
- Step 3: Record your answers as a thoughtful nonfiction writing. Discuss whether you like this moniker or not, along with your reasons.
- Bonus Step: If you own a blog and wish to share a link to the blog post that contains your response to today’s writing prompt, we welcome your permalink and encourage you to post it as a comment below!
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About the Author
Amanda M. Socci, J.D., is a freelance writer with 14 years of experience writing professionally. Socci currently cuts her blogging chops on her personal portfolio blog, the Creative Idea Gal blog, and on an online news site, Mount Vernon Patch. Inspired by Nina Amir’s Write Nonfiction in November writing challenge, she created a unique 10-month training program for Writenonfictionnow.com and Writenonfictioninnovember.com blog visitors.
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