Word of the Week: Savage

Savage

I’m in need of more words. With xenophobes and catfish now openly trolling my world, I can’t figure out the exact way to communicate the angst and passion I’m feeling lately. Throw in last night’s Game of Thrones finale and I’m basically talking in full sentence mumbles and gasps — it’s bad. So to help out, we’re starting a new Zenfulie weekly series — one you can follow along with on Instagram too. We are finding new words to describe this fight we call life, and this first one is for the independents who have zero effs to toss up. Check it out:

Savage:
adj: (of an animal or force of nature) fierce, violent, and uncontrolled
noun: a member of a people regarded as primitive and uncivilized.
verb: attack ferociously and maul

Ever since I hear Rihanna drop it in her single Needed Me, I have been obsessed with this word. In the song, she describes being a relationship where she’s stays unfazed, much to the man’s dismay:

Tryna fix your inner issues with a bad bitch
Didn’t they tell you that I was a savage?
Fuck your white horse and a carriage
Bet you never could imagine
Never told you, you could have it
You needed me.

Later in an interview with T magazine, she goes on to describe the possible inspiration behind the song: “Guys need attention. They need that nourishment, that little stroke of the ego that gets them by every now and then. I’ll give it to my family, I’ll give it to my work — but I will not give it to a man right now.”

Damn, Ri. I have to admit that Anti has been my bread and water for a few months now. More than any album before, Rihanna is very much herself. Where pop ballads once reigned, we get lyrics like this and honest storytelling of a strong woman trying to find her match in this world. What truly stands out for me and her use of the word savage is her blatant ownership of doing whatever the hell she wants to do, no matter the rules. Which is something we’ve seen her do many times, both in her songs and in real life.

So if we were to remix the definition of the word according to Ri, we’d land somewhere near this:

Savage:
1. To love yourself fiercely and above all other fuckery
2. To follow the rules you believe in, not what was told to you
3. Having fully mastery of using the word No

When you break it down like that, it sounds like one of the best monikers you’ve owned in years. Use it.

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