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Words that are no longer allowed because everyone uses them

If someone on the internet decides to use a new word of either archaic or obscure origin, it will almost always be imitated by someone else.  This has been the case for as long as the word has been written down on paper and shared with other people.  The advent of the internet, however, has made the cycle by which words fall in and out of fashion much shorter, as well as much more easily observed.  A writer will choose a word to use that will demonstrate their esoteric knowledge or their seemingly eccentric sensibilities.  Someone else picks up on a word well-used and imitates it in their own writing.  Pretty soon, one sees it in newsprint, on television, and in music.

I’m not someone who will stop wearing an article of clothing because it has all of a sudden come into fashion (and is therefore worthy of the irksome moniker ‘trendy’).  Some words are invoked for little other reason than their obscurity.  Because of the phenomenon above, however, these words quickly lose their use.  When I spot these words in newsprint, it serves to render its home (the article in which it is used) impotent.  Some of the words I have in mind:

  • Vapid
  • Belated
  • Fierce
  • Predicate

I had a much longer list in mind when I started this post, but in my efforts to not use any of these words in the post itself I forgot most of them.  I’ll update the list when they cross my mind (or my path online) again.


is the iPhone the new Rolex?

About 8 months ago, my watch broke.  Nothing serious, a pin fell from the band.  I kept it in my bedroom drawer.  After about 3 months of not using it, I finally took it to the jewelry store.  They looked at it and said it’d cost about $10 to fix; The watch itself was a Nixon Graduate SS, worth about $100 new.  I agreed to the repair.  When the jewelry store returned my watch, it had a pin back in place, but it was a little loose.  I lost the pin (and re-broke my watch) in two days.

At this point, I gave up. Continue reading

Trolls – The End of Western Civilization?

Mattathias Schwartz has a piece in this sunday’s New York Times Magazine entitled: “Malwebolance.”  Basically a mediocre investigative report on the seedy underworld of internet trolling.  Although I give him credit for ending the article on a hopeful note, I have trouble seeing what the point of the article is in its inception.  Continue reading