It’s Wednesday again! Yay!
Not only does that mean you are halfway done with your work week, but it also means we have a new word to learn. This week’s word is Jouska. It may sound like an exotic word, but it’s a term for something I bet you have done before or perhaps, like me, do all the time.
I’ve always wanted to be clever. A funny person (me) tells jokes, but a clever person uses everyday conversation and activity to quickly form quippy comebacks and observations. To appear clever, I often imagine a conversation with someone before actually having that conversation. This doesn’t often result in my increased cleverness, but it makes me feel better, all the same.
I also use this method when I need to relate important information to someone. I’m sure everyone has rehearsed what they might say to a parent, friend, or boss on a sensitive topic. This is exactly what a Jouska is. The word is formally defined as “a hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head—a crisp analysis, a cathartic dialogue.”
As long as you realize that the person you are speaking too isn’t there, you can Jouska all you want. Or, you know, call someone up and have an actual conversation. Whatever floats your boat.
Until next week!