popular: (adj.) liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people or by a particular person or group.
If I go by the Google definition, then all the so-called “popular kids” at my school truly aren’t that popular. They are the societal beauties, the children of rich parents, the fashionable, the materialistic, the often-not-too-bright-upstairs type of people. But they aren’t popular. They aren’t well-liked, or admired, or… enjoyed. Some people might aspire to be like them- either because of their appealing appearances or because of their guise of popularity, but either way, they’re not popular.
I was walking to my math class one day, and I happened to walk behind this other girl. She was tall, dressed in vibrant clothing and a pair of stellar heels, and she was probably a grade or two above me. I walked behind her for less than two minutes, but it seemed like everyone who passed greeted her in some way. At least ten people said hi. That girl, whoever she was, was not “popular” in the generic, fake-tan, bleached-blonde sense, but she was clearly liked, admired, and enjoyed. That, to me (and to Google), is true popularity.
This week’s Word for Wednesday.