Examples of demotional
Examples of demotional
Sameeksha Dandriyal, CNN-News 18, March, 2018
Where does demotional come from?
Prior to 2016, demotional was just the name of a Swedish heavy metal bad. That, and demotional was occasionally used as an adjective form of demotion.
Then came along a November 2016 episode of the Indian talk show Koffee with Karan. On it, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, the so-called “King of Bollywood,” described himself as demotional. Asked what it meant, SRK explained that the word was a blend of detached and emotional.
Khan, an acclaimed actor, is obviously a very expressive person capable of great emotion. However, he’s said he’s learned to steel himself against bad reviews and harsh criticisms of his films—he’s detached, aloof, dispassionate, but still gets a lot out of life. Khan also used demotional to describe fellow guest and Bollywood star Alia Bhatt’s attitude, which he extended to youth more generally.
Bollywood media glommed onto demotional in reporting on Khan’s appearance, helping spread it among Khan’s many fans. Demotional also earned an Urban Dictionary entry a few days after the talk show which directly credited the word to SRK.
Lets get Demotional #KofeeWithSRK
— BAADSHAH (@VisheshRathi_) November 6, 2016
Shahrukh has defined a whole generation with the word "demotional". Detached yet emotional.
Oxford dictionary, take note.
— 🌻 (@elleoncoffee) November 10, 2016
While demotional blew up in 2016 thanks to his Koffee with Karan interview, it turns out Shah Rukh Khan coined the word in 2011 and had been using it throughout the 2010s.
Invented a word to describe myself. DEMOTIONAL.Deeply emotional & strangely Detached.Invent one that best & uniquely describes u & tweet it
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 22, 2011
Who uses demotional?
The word demotional is intimately associated with Shah Rukh Khan. SRK uses it of himself, and his fans and Bollywood reporters use it of his personal life and acting.
— Tinu Nebhani (@dhoni_srk28) March 9, 2017
— Delhi Times (@DelhiTimesTweet) July 17, 2017
SRK’s fans may also apply it to their own circumstances when feeling that mix of great passion about life yet detachment from its woes.
"Be demotional. Detached but emotional." – SRK
And this is why I cry while watching movies & reading books, and never at my own misfortunes
— clueless (@athaagot7) November 7, 2016