Quite Shampoo, That Man Is

Overclocking is now to gaming

As golden is now brilliant

Bingeing is to TV

Hot is to killing it

Minute is to small

And forever has a duration

Rock is to music

Cooking is to domination

And now I have found a word that deserves a new twist

It is shampoo, and it’s a word that just has to exist


A brief explanation:

Shampoo is a word that originally came from India and was adopted into English around the late 1700s. It is derived from the Hindu word chāmpo, itself derived from the Sanskrit root capayati – to press, knead, soothe.

Shampoo your hair. Shampoo the carpet. Shampoo the dog.

In the modern, more interesting sense:

Hundreds of years from now, or even earlier, the word shampoo will go from being solely a name for a cleaning product to describing the process of cleaning, scrubbing, or erasing anything in general.

When applied to humans, to be shampoo is to be squeaky clean and free of any criminal record. A shampoo man or woman is someone who is a natural, law-abiding citizen and strives to do what is right and teach others to as well.

As a verb, it could mean to free someone of charges or prove that they are innocent.

“I’m going to shampoo your name and save you from going to jail.”

“That man couldn’t hurt a soul. He’s the most shampoo person I’ve seen.”

“The politicians tried to dig up dirt on the presidential candidate, but all they found was a purely shampoo profile.”

Will this catch on in real life? Only time can tell. I believe it will start as an urban slang word and gradually work its way into the mainstream dialect

“That’s quite shampoo, man” = “There’s nothing wrong with that, man. It’s perfect.”

This is all I could come up with for this prompt today, so bear with me if my idea is a little silly. I always have a hard time with these prompt ideas, because I am stumped from the beginning.

Language evolves. The meaning of a word can shift over time as we use it differently — think of “cool,” “heavy,” or even “literally.”

Today, give a word an evolutionary push: give a common word a new meaning, explain it to us, and use it in the title of your post.