By – Manoj Sri Harsha

“That is overrated bro!” I mean the term ‘overrated’ itself, has been overused since a very long time. It’s used primarily to refer to art. “That song is overrated!” but is it factually overrated? Is being overrated even a fact?

To rate something, that is to score your opinion on it. Your opinion is subjective, hence the ‘rate’ of something is not a fact. That overrated show you hate is just a myth because you haven’t watched it and you can’t rate it without watching it. The word you are looking for is ‘attention’. “That show didn’t grab my attention” is what you must use instead of ‘overrated’.

About attention, the use of overrated has been overused since the digitalisation of movies and shows. The digital promotions of a piece of art are being misused too. The makers produce the product so much that people already know what it is through the advertisements. They already form an opinion on that show/movie looking at the ad. They rate it in their minds, and when they see people excited upon it, they conclude that it is overrated!

The excessive advertisements create a repulsion among particular crows of people who see themselves above ‘media manipulation’. They think themselves as ‘woke’ from the world of deception and manipulation. They understand how promotions brainwash people to consume the product. They grow repulsive towards something that is excessively promoted. This ‘woke’ crowd are against the herd mentality. It is when all the group of people belonging to the same opinions, behave similarly with no thought of their own, but with the influence of peers.

We, ourselves, must have felt this repulsion towards many popularly rated products. Sometimes an excellent product is pushed away by disgust, because of its excess advertisements. Many great movies and shows have suffered this. They get promoted heavily, and the promotion calls the no-brainer herd towards them and repels the woke individuals. Many shows/movies were supposed to be for the awakened individuals only, and the herd who rushed for its promotional grandeur hate the piece for not being able to comprehend it.

Westworld is one such show that fell victim for such helpless scenario. It was heavily promoted and kept away individuals who hate ads. It attracted the herd, and they rated it poorly for its incomprehensible content; Years later, the individuals who gave it a chance begun following it, but the show still is under the radar, forgotten by many. A masterpiece that had lost all the attention it needed.

We regularly see Netflix promoting mediocre content as a magnum opus. We also observed the herd going gaga over it and dancing over it. There is this new show called Dark, which might fall victim to this overrated syndrome as Westworld did. It has a universal content; it attracts the woke and is understandable for the herd. It is being promoted excessively by the crowd, and it had already started repelling many. Will it withstand the over promotions and stay safe from the overrated tag?

I suggest all the so-called woke individuals follow their instincts and stop being judgemental without even tasting the fruit. Any art is made with a lot of thought and effort. An art form like film/shows takes multiple craftsmen working for days and months. Don’t judge them too soon, even if it’s wrong, leave it be for the crowd. Just because something is being hailed by the herd, doesn’t mean that it is a no-brainer.

I suggest all the herd to stop obsessing and drooling all over the things you like. It’s okay to celebrate it; it’s okay to form your own theories, but with your obsession, you are disgusting. To obsess is to lose one’s brain. It’s for your own health that you should not encourage your obsessions. You’ll also repel many of your friends by continuously talking about the things you like. If you want someone to watch/like something you like, tell them about it and give them their own space to explore it. They have to explore it like you did, to like it. If you force someone to experience it, it just will be remembered as a forceful experience.

Let’s not overrate anything; let’s explore many arts and art forms without clouding our judgements with our opinions. Let’s form a conclusion only after experiencing it entirely, and only then shall we rate!

ETYMOLOGY OF ‘TIFFIN’

If you live in Asian countries neighbouring India, then you’d have definitely heard this word ‘Tiffin’. Tiffin refers to a light snack or tea snack in South India. In the other parts of India, it refers to meals packed in a box. The word ‘tiffin’ is quite a trend that most of the people in India don’t really know that the word was created by Indians and is not really used outside the country. During the British Raj, because of the Indian climate the English had to eat their dinner in the evening unlike their usual dining time, which is late in the afternoon. They had to have a light meal in between lunch and dinner. The usual British term for this meal was luncheon. A luncheon, is a light midday meal.

Somewhere during the late 1800s and early 1900s, an old British slang word ‘tiffing’ came into trends. Tiffing usually meant a little drink between meals at midday. It became a trend in the Anglo-Indians living in Northern regions of the British raj. By late 1800s the word ‘tiffing’ was naturalised and it was now referred to as what luncheon meant, a little snack.

By early 1900s, tiffing was being called as tiffin and it meant different things in the different parts of India. Southern states of India and Nepal share a common meaning that a tiffin is a light meal or usually a tea snack. Whereas other parts of India consider tiffins as boxed/packaged meals.

Few sources claim that the word tiffing originated from ‘sipping’ in one of the dialects of Anglo Indians. As tiffing started referring to a tea snack, it does sound logical to be originated from the word ‘sipping’. Either way, this Anglo Indian originated word is now on Oxford and is quite normally used by many Indians and neighbours. Even restaurants serving these light snacks are named as ‘tiffin centres’.

In Mumbai, tiffin js referred to as packaged meak as the dabbawala calls their delivered meal boxes as tiffin-boxes. Dabbawala are a delivery service in Mumbai which deliver curries and meals anywhere in Mumbai.

A ‘tiffin carrier’

The South is famous for their tiffins, like Dosa, Idly and Vada. ‘South Indian tiffins’ has become a cuisine in many restaurants across India. They’re usually consumed as breakfast or a snack in the evening.

A dosa being made.

This is how a British slang word which travelled along the tongue tips of the locals got naturalised, modified and now it has a place in the Oxford dictionary.

We’d be happy if you have got knowledge about this word or any other word like this which got naturalised yet got its place in the dictionary. You can either mail us or leave a comment. Don’t forget to have your tiffin while reading our articles.

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