Canucks fans are all too aware of how David Booth spent the NHL lockout. It was a bone of contention for quite some time, exacerbated by his season-ending injury that cut short any possibility of quieting the controversy with his play on the ice.
But it turns out took a break from enraging liberal-minded Vancouverites in order to enlarge the minds of some teenaged Michiganders. Booth recorded a video for Lutheran High School North, his alma mater in Macomb, Michigan, teaching the students the Word of the Week — “nefarious” — and it’s both horribly awkward and outrageously hilarious.
Oh sorry, you just caught me reading my favourite book: the dictionary.
I’m not sure if it would be possible for me to love this video more.
I’ve seen a lot of mean-spirited attacks of Booth’s intelligence over the past year, but this video completely removes the teeth from those attacks. I mean, you can continue to make fun of his intelligence if you want, I suppose, but considering that’s what he’s doing to himself throughout the entire video, it would be a wasted effort.
Right from the beginning, Booth makes himself the target of every joke, from insisting that the Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language has the wrong definition for MacDonald (It’s a restaurant) to saying that he’s the best person to do the word of the week because he knows “probably over 500 words.”
But then he starts just listing words he knows — parachute, spaghetti, desk, I know “dog,” that’s another one I know – and I just lose it. That is some high-quality comedy.
As mentioned, the actual word of the week that he’s teaching the students is “nefarious.” I love the way he says “nefarious” when he first introduces it, giving the “A” a drawn out, supervillain-esque “ah” sound while he bugs out his eyes. Now that is the proper way to say “nefarious.”
Booth’s go-to example for “nefarious” is a good one: Adolf Hitler. Well, not a good one in a moral sense, but in an appropriate-to-the-subject sense.
As Booth is running down the definition of “nefarious, he horribly mispronounces “villainous,” somehow inserting a “T” into the word: villatinous, pronounced like “gelatinous.” It makes me wonder just how small the print is in his dictionary that he’s obviously reading from just off-screen. Instead of re-recording it and editing out the mistake, he just leaves it in, because it’s funny. He even riffs on it later in the video, intentionally mispronouncing it three different ways.
Then came the part that made me literally laugh out loud, though I’m hard-pressed to explain why. Trying to come up with more examples of nefarious things, he lands on a rabbit. A rabbit that “eats all the grass and doesn’t leave any grass for all the other rabbits.”
“That rabbit would be nefarious.”
I don’t…I can’t…I have no response to that. He’s not wrong. That would be a very nefarious rabbit. Extremely wicked. Evil. Sinister.
Booth also has a positive message to the kids. “Bullies are nefarious, in my opinion…Be the opposite of nefarious. Be un-nefarious.” Just ignore his usage of the “re-” prefix immediately after and the word “irregardless.” Yikes.
Finally, Booth calls into question the entire idea of just doing a Word of the Week. After all, as he points out, they’ll only “learn 52 words all year,” while he does “words of the second,” which means he’ll learn 31,536,000 words in a year. That calls into question his earlier claim of knowing “probably over 500 words,” but to be fair, 31,536,000 is over 500.
You want me to name another one? Air. That’s another word I know. Corn. Blows your mind.
This is the best video ever.
Stick-tap to Tumblrer shaneobrien55 for bringing this video to light and to @deniseblaustein for passing it along to us.Tags: david booth, The YouTubes, videos