So, has anyone ‘Meghan Markled’ today?
Does that mean: ‘to be a victim, despite prince charming, a baby and endless wealth’? Or perhaps it’s short for: ‘martyring someone who acts like a Hollywood princess who voluntarily entered into a life of duty and tradition, only to withdraw 20 months later because things didn’t go her way’?
No, the verb ‘to Meghan Markle,’ which was created on Twitter, then was picked up and shared by British Radio One DJ Jameela Jamil, means: “To value yourself and your mental health enough to up and leave a room/ situation/ environment in which your authentic self is not welcomed or wanted.”
When such groundbreaking urban speak is being thrust upon us, where else to turn if not the Guardian for further enlightenment.
The author of a piece entitled ‘To Meghan Markle’ is now a verb – here’s how to use it’, Poppy Noor, says Meghan Markle could be referred to in some circles as “the patron saint of good mental health,” due to her “putting up with racism and vilification by certain ‘right-wing’ media.”
She asks, “Why shouldn’t a word be made for a person who not only realises when love is not returned, but when to get the hell out?” and then suggests using phrases like: “Man, when I go out tonight, I am so going to Meghan Markle it,” at a party, before “going home early, getting eight hours of sleep and not texting your ex.”
There are a few takeaways from this – firstly, reading the Guardian is bad for your mental health. Secondly, do men ever write or read this kind of stuff? No. It’s undoing stellar work from previous generations of women, and it’s making fools of us.
Thirdly, a “patron saint of good mental health”? What happened to the holy grail of sanity – the combination of not being affected by other people’s insecurities or peccadillos and not letting your emotions trick you? Has anyone noticed how the Dalai Lama doesn’t fall out with people? Some of his musings have included: “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace,” and: “I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.”