Suggest a new word to use in comments!

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Are you lost for words when commenting on songs? Do you feel nice, good and great are not enough anymore?

50/90 is an international community with many languages. It would be really nice (!) and great (!) if we started using cool words that sound good and are easy to write.

I'm not going to suggest a Finnish word right from the bat though many come to mind. Instead, I'm suggesting "bonza". It's Australian slang and I've heard from a veritable source it means "pretty or really good, better than just good." It sounds like a usable word when commenting: " This is a bonza song!"

Please leave your own word suggestion below with translation ( or meaning if it's an English word ). You can suggest any word but hopefully something unique to your own language. Short words with no special characters or diacritical marks would be easy to write. But you can suggest anything really. If people like it they start to use it.

This way we all could learn new words from different languages, add some multi-cultural elements, get new cool words to use in our comments and update our 50/90 slang.

Hey, it's a bonza idea! Smile

"Fifty-ninetied out": An expression you might use to describe that feeling of when you've run through all your useful ideas, and you're really stretching to find the next song. And, by extension, a description of any song where you suspect this might have happened. It's not necessarily a negative thing. Breaking through the barrier is how you grow as a songwriter.

I want a Finnish word Klaus

"Oida", maybe used to mean most anything, "Oida!", -- what a song!

But as well, in case you try it, :), "you like beer?", -- "Oida!!!, you betcha, now? Smile

A great source of new vocabulary: Tim Fatchen's and Barbara's 'ku. Smile Klaus, we demand a good Finnish word!!!

@ustaknow Please I'd like to also know with English words what part of the world they come from. I suppose I forgot to mention this educational element but if we can actually use these words when traveling that would be an extra bonus.

Not sure if it's still in use, but when I was growing up near Glasgow, gallas was the best compliment, alongside pure, dead brilliant!

all the kids use peng now to mean really lovely, beautiful, gorgeous etc, eg that dinner was peng, or those shoes are peng, maybe we could get with the kids... eg those harmonies are PENG -

“Feral” - wild crazy

I offer you up the perennial kiwi favourite - 'sweet as', which means pretty much whatever you want it to, but largely 'good'. You can also put it in a variety of places in a sentence! It's sweet as!


Your drum track was sweet as
Man, I was amped when those sweet as vocals came in
I was listening to this and thought, sweet as, bro, you're killing it
I heard this and asked myself, do I wanna go for another listen? And I thought 'sweet as'
Sweet as is a sweet as phrase, bro. If you wanna go and use it, that's sweet as by me.

Hey mate what about klaustrophobic? It's a fear of being stuck for a cool word in a small room.

Ooooh, @kahlo2013 feral. I like that. All y'all's good songs are now going to be called feral.

I was the “bonza” man as mentioned by Klaus.

Feral is a common use word in Aussie. As in. We were feral when we were kids. Or. Im going feral. Etc

Sweet as is certainly a perenial kiwi favourite.

One i hear in Aussie and NZ is. Good as gold. Has a few meanings. Can mean just good also means im ok

Unquestionable the best Aussie one is “fair dinkum”. I could write a book on its meanings.

Historically aussie was a huge slang language but its out of fashion, people now think they are far to trendy and classy to use the slang - shame its part of the culture. I have 2 books full of slang written by an educationalist, very interesting and he links loss of culture with loss of old slang.

There's always the twisted pejorative. Bad, wicked, sick and ill have been done already. How about putrid, unsavory, reprehensible, toxic, egregious, woeful, diabolical, odious, loathsome ...?

@Klaus OK, so: "Oida" is a fun word that folks of German, Austrian heritage may harass each other with, their "Germlish" (german/english, -- "this" is "english?" Smile ) A fun "Oida" video is on YouTube with a woman who says, it's the one word, only, that she needs to get by in that region. This regions humor may not translate well, or folks will get it. Kinda like "Bodacious" may not work outside it's niche Smile

But as far as "American" ? what comes to mind is:

"Bodacious" song, dude! An idiomatic from the '80's-'90's

So, there's your "lesson" Wink hahhh, good one Klaus.

Tso, derUgo Wink

@ustaknow I was gonna say bodacious! Lol But of course my only knowledge was from Michaelangelo of Ninja Turtle fame using it lol
I guess from my Filipino side, I'll use "sarap".
It means "yummy" basically, but sometimes music IS yummy!

Here's one TS made popular in a lyric as well:

"Sic" -- something is really great

Very little referential sources for that Smile hahhh, not even in urbandictionary .com yet... (cites it)

Per TS:
"...Sic beat..." or, "dude, that's on sic beat!"

Gotta love that supercalifragilisticexpialidocious bass line man...

@coolparadiso and @TomS Ok, here is one: nasta.

It's teenager slang from 70's Finland. It means cool, neat, great. It's a word with a sincere enthusiasm that's slightly self-conscious and tries to show off a bit as some 14-year-old would.

Neat ( nice, fun ) song: nasta laulu.

It also means thumbtack or pin.

You can hear the word in this bonza song by Kake Randelin called Nasta Pimu ( Cool Doll ):

Braw is a Scots word that means 'good'. E.g 'that was a braw song'

Some words I've heard over the years: Killer, sweet, sick, dope, church, lit, fire, rad, slick, stoked, fresh, bomb, delicious, delightful, tubular, bodacious, radical, hot, off the hook, unchained, and finally, just plain awesome.

Holy Cow Pies!
Gouda! (Yes as in cheese)
Sweet Cream Goodness!
Rich and Silky!

Saudade. I hope we find that in our songs this summer.

A friend of mine, Chris DeBarr, wrote this after Joao Gilberto's passing:

Saudade is that complex jumble of emotions that combines crossroads of past, present, and future with a realization that your path might never find what you once loved about a place, a person, or a deeply lived moment in those daze that you might never feel the same way again.

It’s not exactly the blues, because at the root of saudade there is seriously meaningful joy & love. It isn’t nostalgia because it is more than wishing for an idealized past. It is loss, perhaps it’s devastating quality as a word is that it isn’t grief nor grieving, because the final kiss of death isn’t at stake— it’s just that “things” cannot ever be the same even though the place, the person, or the joy still exists it exists outside of one’s ability to continue to cherish those people & places we love because of Time...the Eros embedded in erosion.....

Perhaps the simplest translation of saudade belongs to Heraclitus, whose aphorism lives on:

“A man/woman can never visit the same river twice because both the river, and the woman, will have changed.”.....

My terrible truth-- I sometimes find myself using some wickedly good phrase or description as I comment; in which case I copy and paste it into a file to use in a song sometime instead, and then leave a bland comment on the song i just heard. So if you get a really super bland and boring comment from me, just assume that you've actually been the inspiration for a good line in one of my future songs.

Egregious is an interesting twisted pejorative, as the latin egregius means 'excellent' - hence why 'the Royal Church'is Regia Egregia. Somehow the word was twisted into a pejorative during the development of the English language, so we'd effectively be untwisting it.

This is an amazing thread ....

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I've used "kicks pants" a few times to describe the joy I felt hearing a cool tune.

e.g. Man, that bass line kicks pants!

...not to mention,

"joint" as in, "this joint has a nice groove to it."
"Killin'" as in, "her vocal performance is killin'."
"All kinds of..." as in, "the volume on this demo is all kinds of loud", "Those harmonies in the chorus are all kinds of yummy"

Bump. And also I'd like to suggest "totally tubular" which @splittybooms just used in a comment. It sounds fun.

Ok, so I have used "bonza", "oida" and "bodacious" somewhat on my own comments. But for some reason, I'm still very often using nice, good, and great. It's like new words draw too much attention to themselves, away from the songs I'm commenting and also I'm not sure if most people are just confused by them: " What does he mean? Is this a typo or what?"

I absolutely love the unusual words you've been using, @Klaus.


Alternately: folktabulous, hicktabulous, electrofabulous and jazzfabulous

It's a rembrand! you can put any painter it sounds like Lol I've heard bonza and I like hearing it again! Lol