How did I come up with the word? Let me tell you the story…
It all started while my two friends, Augie and Noah, and I were watching the WALKING DEAD. Then at a VERY intense and pivotal moment, my dog sat on the TV remote and muted the show. I decided to step in and attempt to fill in the character’s dialog. I used a combination of both real and made up words. When I blurted out HONKENBONKERS! My friends started to laugh! Because of their response to my new word, I continued my improv and I began to use HONKENBONKERS more frequently. This resulted in even more laughter from my friends.
Over the next several weeks, I texted my friends and got a similar response. Hmmm?!
I then began to use HONKENBONKERS In conversation at my school, and it began to “catch on”. Initially, I used it in a number of ways! Friends started to ask, “what does HONKENBONKERS mean?”
I decided to make up a definition and submitted it to the online open source urban dictionary. I continued to use it in many ways but started using it in two BIG ways – as a greeting like a hello and a goodbye and as a word to describe an awesome or amazing action, event, or thought. For most uses, a fist bump was used simultaneously.
I also began to use it in social media. Twitter. @honkenbonkers, Facebook. When I saw an awesome or amazing tweet or Instagram, I would respond #honkenbonkers!
Next, I ask my good friend computer expert Chris to help me build a website. A web page was developed next to promote the word and serve as an avenue to buy merchandise. We also came up with a second generation design for the shirt.
I even listed it in the Webster online open source dictionary. Ben Zimmer listed it in the Wall Street Journal as a word for 2015!
Honkenbonkers is more than just a fun word to say. It’s an approach to life. It makes you feel awesome or amazing! “HONKENBONKERS. SAY IT, LIVE IT!”