Last Friday I was hanging out with some of our friends, and a friend I hadn’t seen in a while (whom I will refer to as Boo) came on by in a rare showing!
We were building Warhammer 40k models. I was building a particularly nasty model called a Tyrannocyte.
Boo and Heather were making black construction paper bats for Halloween. In one of the left over pieces it appears as though they had deliberately cut it into the shape of a butt and perhaps some testicles. It was at this point that my life changed forever.
Boo was laughing and made a comment about how you can see its Nardledanger.
Nardledanger? The fuck kind of word is that?
It was such a striking word that I briefly forgot what I was doing. I did a full 90 degree turn in my chair to face Boo directly. I knew exactly what it a nardledanger was based on context clues, but it’s rare in life that I hear a new colloquialism for “dick” that I have never heard before.
Nardle is probably based off the 3rd grade classic: Nards. Google, ever the great illuminating presence, informs me that nard is the singular of a flower known as a Himalayan Spikenard. Reality has failed me, however, for it is a pretty standard (boring) looking flower.
Danger (aside from being its own very appropriate word regarding testicles) is most likely based of dangler. If I were to ask you what dangler meant, you would likely envision Wily fucking Coyote dangling from a cliff edge. A person who is dangling! Duh! Perfect metaphor for a man’s grain sacks.
Nardledanger does in fact have an urban dictionary definition. “Slang for ballsack.”
I was sitting on that lawnchair in our friends garage when this grown woman dropped this word on me. After my mind went racing to come to terms with the new word in my vocabulary I had nothing but questions left.
This was the word that jumped to her mind when she saw something resembling a pair of testicles. She didn’t say balls, she quickly and directly used nardledanger. Is this the word she uses in her day to day?
It became the running joke of the evening. After a time we started playing the popular internet game “replace one word from a movie title” with Nardledanger. Its such a perfectly sculpted word.
So (poorly) building off your Feeling of Sonder post: a Feeling of Nardledanger.
A Feeling of Nardledanger: Learning something that you immediately understand, and at the same time you have nothing but questions about it.
I have (extensively) googled nardledanger and see that it has been used in some TV shows and the like— so it is easy for me to follow the breadcrumbs. But to me the weird moment was that singular minute in time where I heard the word, understood it, and then immediately did not understand it.