Monday, August 30, 2010


She may have failed to get the crown, but Venus Raj, the country's representative to this year's Miss Universe pageant, left something for the whole world to remember -- the term "major major."

The expression, apparently made out of nervousness, is currently a hot topic among Internet users across the globe. As of 5:53 p.m., "major major" is the seventh trending topic on Twitter worldwide.

During the Miss Universe question and answer portion, Raj was asked by American actor William Baldwin about the biggest mistake that she made in her life and what she did to make it right.

She replied, "You know what, sir, in my 22 years of existence, I can say that there's nothing major major problem that I've done in my life because I'm very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me. So thank you so much that I'm here. Thank you, thank you so much!"

The 5'9" beauty with a 22-inch waistline, who was a crowd favorite even before the pageant, became the fourth runner-up after the question and answer portion.

It was Mexico's Jimena Navarrete who was proclaimed Miss Universe 2010.

At the time when the pageant was aired live on television, Raj was the top trending topic on Twitter. As of this writing, she went down to third place.

Word of the Year?

Major Major is actually the name of a 4-member indie rock band from Liverpool, United Kingdom.

In the context of Raj's statement, Twitter user Chris Mercado, or xmond, translated "major major" as "bonggang bongga," a term commonly used in gayspeak which means "extravagant" or "outlandish."

"Venus Raj's answer in Filipino: 'Wala po akong naging problema sa buhay ko na bonggang bongga! (major major),'" Mercado said in his Twitter page. The said message has been retweeted by several people, including well-known fashion designer Rajo Laurel.

The term continues to gain popularity as we speak. But the question among netizens is, will it have the same fate as "jejemon," which became the country's "Word of the Year?"

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