Sunday, April 6, 2008
A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with this chick, and when we were about to part off, I said ‘bye and good night’. She replied with ‘gn & bs’. Even a rukee chatter knows ‘gn’ stands for ‘good night’, but this ‘bs’ thing was new for me. I was chatting online for like 8 years now, but this is the first time I’ve heard of such chat acronym. Well…usually ‘bs’ stands for bullshit, but since it was obviously improbable that she meant it in that context, I asked what ‘bs’ stands for. Her reply was that it is for ‘budu saranai’. I was literally stunned. ‘Good night’ is such a cliché in Instant Messaging or even general context, which anyone would say, though more often than not they really don’t wish so. But in my opinion, the wishing-budu saranai belies a truly heartiest blessing, unlike that hackneyed ‘good night’ crap. Wishing ‘budu saranai’ is really good, but westernizing, fashionizing and abbreviating it with ‘bs’ shit is an insult to the Buddhism and also for the person who’s being wished. Should one require making a genuine wish, he/she may say so in full without degrading the fathomless, inestimable value of it, but fuckin abbreviating is so damn lame.