I recently read in an article that google is officially now a verb. This new verb has been included in the 11th edition of Meriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. It is defined as: ‘to use the Google search engine to obtain information on the World Wide Web’.
I wonder when the word ‘gemba’ will make it in any collegiate dictionary. ‘Gemba’ like google is a verb (or can be a noun) that is starting to make its mark in the Pinoy psyche. This colloquial-coined word when conjugated would sound as: gumemba, gumegemba and gegemba.
It is defined as a secret activity (usually leisurely in nature) that you need or wants to do but don’t want other mortals to know. It’s like when a friend ask what are you going to do in the coming weekend and still want to be cool about it, you can respond by saying ‘”May gemba” or “Gegemba”. It will be up to the listener to form his notion or conclusion may it be something dorky, sleazy or anything regular.
The exquisiteness of the word ‘gemba’ is that it will automatically quit the listener to ask further for he may create the despicable impression that he is so persistent to know what the undisclosed pursuit actually is. It actually measures the level of brain contamination, maliciousness or how slutty the mind of the listener is.
This is also the term that you can smartly use if you have been asked by a soul about a friend’s present goings-on. You can retort by saying, “Ayon sya, gumegemba!” Meaning you don’t know. Moreover, with its side-splitting snarky sound when used, you can be downright funny!
It has its limitations though. You cannot use the word gemba when responding to your elders or to your significant other (like a spouse or a partner). This will only spell out trouble since it signifies that you are actually keeping a goofy secret. Neither can this word be used to your children for they may loose the respect that you have been building up since the day they were born.
Such a short word for a long yet powerful definition! Halika na! Gumemba na tayo!