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    Question What does the term 'funky' primarily mean to the Western world?

    Hello Teachers, Veterans, and Fellow-learners :)

    As the thread title suggests, what does most of the Western world (or English speaking nations) understand (or think of) upon hearing/reading the word "funky" first?

    I've read up many a dictionary websites regarding this word, and while I know the many meanings the word has, I'm rather confused. Hence, the query.

    Oh, and by the way, I plan to use the word in the form of an adjective.

    TIA.
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    Re: What does the term 'funky' primarily mean to the Western world?

    The word has a number of different meanings. Do you have a context for us?

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    Re: What does the term 'funky' primarily mean to the Western world?

    I'm setting up a local entertainment company. The name will have two words, the first of which is planned to be "funky".

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    Re: What does the term 'funky' primarily mean to the Western world?

    Well, I think we can rule out a moldy smell or unpleasant odor.

    Have you checked these out?

    https://www.google.com/search?q=funk...sm=93&ie=UTF-8

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    Re: What does the term 'funky' primarily mean to the Western world?

    I most certainly did. But what I wasn't able to zero in on.. is how most of the western world's population understands the word. Hence, this thread.

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    Re: What does the term 'funky' primarily mean to the Western world?

    In BrE, it doesn't have the "bad smell" meaning. The first time I ever heard that usage was from an AmE friend in Spain. Because of the context, I worked out what it meant and I filed it away in that little box in my brain marked "Differences between AmE and BrE"!

    For me, "funky" is connected with music or (and this might be BrE only), "unusual or a bit different in a cool way". For example, I just Googled "funky shower curtain" and this was my first hit. That definitely fits with my definition of "funky".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does the term 'funky' primarily mean to the Western world?

    Funky can certainly be associated with music. It also has the other meanings you listed.

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    Re: What does the term 'funky' primarily mean to the Western world?

    I'm doing nothing related to music however. I'm going to be in the business of entertaining people... something they have "fun" about. I could go with the word "funny", but that's sort of limiting to comedy. That's why I thought of the word "funky" instead of the word 'cool'.

    I just need to know if the word 'funky' immediately strikes as 'a cool thing' with most of the Western world.

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    Re: What does the term 'funky' primarily mean to the Western world?

    Did you read my reply?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does the term 'funky' primarily mean to the Western world?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Did you read my reply?
    Yep... still not definitive a response to my query. I'm not discarding your opinion or observation however. Respectfully.

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