The pandemic has given Americans a new vocabulary of words and phrases that just two years ago would have been bewildering, such as stimmies, anti-maskers, PPE and Zoom fatigue.
It’s also produced a new expletive.
The word, listed in the online Urban Dictionary, describes a person who brags about his or her COVID-19 vaccination to the point of obnoxiousness. To be polite, let’s just say it’s a variation of the word that your cousin from Boston might shout as someone cut him off in traffic. It is rude and vulgar, and that is the point, as the word describes someone that, presumably, you don’t want to be.
But some people are reveling in the term.
On Twitter, that great seething mass of vaccination selfies, some people are boasting about being this particular sort of braggart, which seems evidence that the virtue of humility has been shown the door by technology, and narcissism invited in. Of course, taking selfies and sharing them on the internet is not evidence of narcissism, which is a serious mental health disorder. And research has shown that people who score low in narcissistic traits share roughly the same number of selfies as people who score higher.
But if Narcissus looked lovingly at his reflection in the pool today, he’d be wearing the T-shirt that says “Fully Vaccinated. You’re Welcome.”
Or maybe the one that says “Fully Vaccinated Club: Educated. Motivated.”
And for the record, some people who refuse to be vaccinated are being kind of…