I had a conversation with somebody today that, as usual, ended up being creepy. It started with a coworker claiming that he wanted to set a goal of some sort, just so he could reach that goal and then earn a “backrub” from somebody (his shoulders were hurting). He then said:
D: There are some words that aren’t supposed to be put together as one word, but I just feel like they ought to be. So I do it anyway. “Backrub” is one example. “Hottub” is another.
Me: Yeah, “backrub” feels better than “back rub.”
D: Yeah, that space leaves a lot of time for second guessing. Backrubs ought to be approached with confidence.
Me: Yep. And the word “rub” is really creepy on its own. It’s like, “What are you doing over there, rub? Get back where I can keep an eye on you.”
Isn’t that just about the creepiest thing you can think of? Then, think about “rub” as a whispered word.
I don’t like it. I don’t like it at all.