Let’s talk for a moment about neologizing, otherwise known as making shit up. Through the years many men have made up words or phrases to define ideas they previously had but up until then, we suppose, were unable to express. Shakespeare did it a lot: puking, eyeball, whirligig and newfangled, to name a few. As did many science fiction authors of note: cyberspace (William Gibson, Neuromancer) computer virus (David Gerrold, When HARLIE Was One), zero gravity (Arthur C. Clarke).
And while notable authors making up notable words makes sense, one wonders how a throwaway movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman and targeted almost exclusively at octogenarians getting ready to shuffle off this mortal coil somehow managed to coin the term “Bucket List.”
The Bucket List, otherwise known as a list of things to do before you kick the proverbial bucket, has from that waste of film and fine acting talent (see Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for a notable exchange on the subject) weaseled its way into the modern English lexicon. In the film, Nicholson and Freeman travel the globe doing old people things and crossing off otherwise sappy, sentimental wishes like “laugh ’til I cry” and “kiss the most beautiful girl in the world.” The whole thing is a little over the top, but it’s made for a fine term and one we here at Playboy.com see fit to reappropriate…
Presenting Playboy TV’s Bucket List, as accomplished through the eyes of the Badass Girls.