Two exotic words to talk about, one originating from Hawaiian, the other from the Chinese. Both were the solitary cool words in the "K" section of the dictionary, and luckily they are somewhat similar. Well, actually not similar, only in the way of saying I can relate both to one subject, which is the classes of society. Not that I'm going to do that since society isn't really one of my favourite topics as you might have already noticed, but I thought it was still sort of mentionable. Otherwise I wouldn't have known how to start my blog and heck, that's the only thing I cared about right this moment. Last evening, I managed to go to sleep at about 10 o'clock so I did actually have some sleep before going back to school and work like servant ants in a big heap of letters, trying to sort things out and create a report about some kid and his language development. As always, that requires optimism -which I lack- and skill -which I fake-. As always, I just type and type and pretend I know everything about absolutely anything and hope to get a good grade. Worked last time, so why not this time?
Anyway, as I'm wandering off the path of focus at the moment, I will stroll back and continue talking about the words I've chosen for today. For all you people who read the title and thought "Hey, I know three of those words", congratulations! You have now achieved the level of nitwit. Keep on reading and perhaps you learn something that's worthwhile. Kidding of course, unless I'm prepared to call myself a nitwit, which I will obviously never do. Keep on reading anyhow 'cause learning new words is apparently not bad for those weird grey things that live in you head. And no, I'm not talking about the little dwarfs that seem to control your brain, I'm actually talking about the brain itself..
As I already mentioned in the very first sentence, I have two sort of exotic words today. The first is kahuna. This originally Hawaiian word meaning"wise man" or shaman, is now integrated in the English vocabulary, bearing the meaning of "an important person". All in all, a term I could appreciate hearing when addressed to me, though I would rather hear something more flattering as this word makes me think of some indigenous animal yet to be discovered in the jungles of Whereverland. No, just no.
The second word however, is pretty cool and sounds just as foreign as the first. This one coming originally from China, used to be a part of a Chinese custom regarding the Chinese kahuna. While kowtowing (or however you must properly use this verb, though this pretty much just sounds cool..), the common people had to kneel and touch the ground with their foreheads as a gesture of deference (respect) or submission. Now this is more like it. I've always regarded China -and the rest of Asia for that matter- as a brilliant place. I mean, just take a look at the food, the language, the country itself, the people and the old arts and customs. Someday I'll be there and see it all with my own eyes, I'm certain of it. Until then, I will just keep on wondering about how it must be and what I would do when I'm there.
In the present day, to kowtow means to be excessively meek (mild) and obedient in one's behaviour towards someone. It's truly a shame the verb has lost its archaic meaning, because now this pretty word just got all beaten down and changed into something negative. What is wrong with people kneeling before another person while touching the ground with their foreheads, solemnly to show their respect or submission to a clearly more important person, i.o.w. kahuna? Personally, I can't see the negative point about that, whereas the more modern meaning of the word is speaking of "excessively". Really, if people would see me as more important and kowtow before me in the old meaning, I would of course think they are crazy, but I would take the gesture as flattering. If anyone would be doing the second meaning towards me, I wouldn't think they are crazy yet believe they are week, and only deserving to be treated as week. At least the original kowtowing would be demonstrating a certain importance of the one kneeling too. I would think that they are smart enough to be knowing this old custom and intelligent enough to see it's power and therefore doing it.
To be brief, if anyone would see me as a kahuna, I'd rather they kowtow before me and then rise up to gain my respect, than behave like fools and prove themselves to be not worth my respect.
That's all for today -or actually yesterday as I am 10 minutes late but who cares-, sleep well and 'till tomorrow!