What is a lifeku?

A lifeku is a haiku about daily life. For those who are unfamiliar with haiku, it is a form of Japanese poetry usually about nature, "profound," and formatted in 3 lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables. Feel free to check out some famous haikus if you still don't get it.

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Monday, November 24

Didn't you all have a friend (possibly at college) who always managed to create a story that was bigger and better than a story that you just told? Of course you did, we all did. I like to call these people "one uppers" because they are always trying to one-up you with something more fantastical and unbelievable. Often a better word for these people is "liars." It doesn't matter what story you just told, it could be about how you were nursed back to health by mountain lion cubs on a camping trip gone bad, and this person will come up with something even better like knowing a girl who was raised by wolves from birth in an Alaskan cave. It's always a distant relative or nameless "friend" who accomplished the feat so that you can never verify or call them out, but that doesn't mean we don't all know they're big fat lying.

Compulsive liar
Your uncle didn’t do that
No one believes you


Trembling mind. said...

Haha yeah, I do know such people, and they're seriously annoying the shit out of me!

Anonymous said...

OMG! That was my freshman college roommate! She had about 10 different uncles that all owned something or did something. It got to the point where we started to make stuff up that we did just to see what she would come up with.

That girl sucked.

Daughter said...

I know! That's why I said "uncle" because my person like that always had a "cousin" somewhere...

Anonymous said...

OK. That one made me laugh out loud :D And yes, I know those people.