Houston, we have a problem.
Seems our Texas amigos are having a little trouble with their Hip Hop lexicon.
So, when The Maven saw the report on kiiiTV from south Texas describing a car jacker – well, let’s just say She wasn’t surprised. The report stated: The suspect is described as a black male... in his mid-twenties, approximately 5'7" tall, 175 lbs, with gold dental work or "grille". anyone with information...
So, how do we break it to our Texas padnuhs, that “grill” is not spelled “grille?”
I guess we should expect that the BBQ capital of the world might mix that one up. Texans must think anything that sounds like “grill,” and has nothing to do with BBQ’d cow or pig, has to be spelled differently. So, for clarity, they added an “e” which, HELLO TEXAS!, is related to a freaking automobile!!! Glory! Y’all are killing me here. And on your local television station, no less.
Do we need a Texas Tutorial? Okay, okay.
Grill; noun “one’s teeth, or smile”
Grillz; noun, “caps or fitting worn over ones teeth, either on top, bottom, or both. To be mostly made out of gold, silver, diamond, or platinum”
Grille; noun, A grille (French word from Latin craticula, small grill) is an opening of several slits side by side in a wall or metal sheet or other barrier, usually to let air or water enter and/or leave but keep larger objects including people and animals in or out. In automotive engineering, a grille covers an opening in the body of a vehicle to allow air to enter.
So, how to explain this?…um, okay, it’s like the words…uh… rheumy and roomy. Rheumy means “having a watery discharge of mucus” and roomy means “lots of space.” Alright, not so good. Okay, let’s try ewes and youse! Yeah! So, ewes means “many female sheep” and youse is the plural of you in New Jersey! Homonyms. Does that help, Texas? Oh, PLEASE! For the love of…oh just forget it!
Seriously, Texas, you’re embarrassing yourselves here. Can you come up to speed on this one? I know y’all pride yourselves on being that “Whole ‘nother country” and all, but do you have to remain in a whole ‘nother century as well? The word "grill" has been in popular use since, well, since Ann Richards was Governor, for crying out loud!
Next time you decide to use a word that you’re unfamiliar with? Get yerself a life line, or phone a friend, or SOMETHING! You could even consider giving The Maven a holla.
The Maven would like to clarify not all Texans are in the urban dark, especially not Her bloggin' homies who certainly know the difference.