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2014-02-15 08:06:19 AM
The most effective way to get young people to stop using stupid slang like YOLO or twerking or cray-cray is for us old farts to start using it.

So no.
 
2014-02-15 08:40:51 AM
Well, I'd first suggest that younger people should actually know what words are recent before they claim them as their own. I recall "wasted," "smashed," and "crib" being used in the seventies.
 
2014-02-15 08:58:18 AM
Young people don't have slang.

They're simply too lazy to finish entire words.
 
2014-02-15 08:58:27 AM
Most of those words are far from new.  I never used them when I was in my 20's because that was not the way I spoke at the time, and I am not using them now.
 
2014-02-15 09:01:22 AM
We're just keepin' it real.

/Do rap singers still say that?
 
2014-02-15 09:01:30 AM
fc07.deviantart.net
 
2014-02-15 09:01:32 AM
Not cool.
 
2014-02-15 09:01:45 AM

czetie: The most effective way to get young people to stop using stupid slang like YOLO or twerking or cray-cray is for us old farts to start using it.

So no.


^This^
 
2014-02-15 09:03:22 AM
www.cutorcopy.com

What's the happs, peeps?
 
2014-02-15 09:03:24 AM
Sick.
 
2014-02-15 09:03:26 AM
I probably won't, but I might
 
2014-02-15 09:04:40 AM
And it'll happen to you, too!
www.splittinghairs.org


/Word, uh represent, umm totes Mcgoats?

//no duh, sure thing daddy-o?
 
2014-02-15 09:11:17 AM
Much depends on context as well. Boastfully announcing, "I'm so wasted!" at a party is something anyone beyond high school age should have outgrown. But there shouldn't be any problem with a middle-aged man matter-of-factly reporting to the boss that "Anderson came back from lunch totally wasted, so we can't let him do the Penske presentation this afternoon."
 
2014-02-15 09:12:13 AM
Real horror show eh?
 
2014-02-15 09:14:29 AM
Its nearly as bad as the young dudes I see in Singapore walking, talking, acting and dressing like gangsta rappers.
Farking hilarious.
 
2014-02-15 09:21:51 AM
Whatever, grandma.
 
2014-02-15 09:22:35 AM

czetie: The most effective way to get young people to stop using stupid slang like YOLO or twerking or cray-cray is for us old farts to start using it.

So no.


Yep, I used to do this to my kids to demonstrate how stupid some of their phrases sounded.  I never was able to dissuade them from using "wicked" however.  Alas.
 
2014-02-15 09:24:05 AM
Synergy.
Good fit.
Issue.
Best practice.
Jack-hole.
Stupidfark.

/Mondo
 
2014-02-15 09:26:38 AM

czetie: The most effective way to get young people to stop using stupid slang like YOLO or twerking or cray-cray is for us old farts to start using it.

So no.


It's the only way they'll learn.

Besides, they have to make up new slang or the language stops growing. If it gets annoying as soon as an old person uses it, then it's not a keeper.

Cool, for example, was stolen from the negro hep cats and has been used by everybody ever since. It is a keeper. Cray-cray is now only acceptable if you are an Adventure Time character. Twerking was just stupid to start with. The blacks can keep that one. YOLO is an annoying acronym but people can continue to say "You only live once" provided they spell it out in full.

Argot is a secret language used by criminals or others. Once the Man catches on, it has to be replaced. And us old people have to keep on eye on you youngsters or else you will do the language serious hurt. I'm not talking about the stuff that annoys Grammar Nazis, that's natural and doesn't matter.
 
2014-02-15 09:26:58 AM
We took away their Facebook; now we're going after their slang .
 
2014-02-15 09:27:20 AM
Selfie is not in there because it's not a word that over 35's should stop using, it's a word that everyone should stop using.  Selfie sounds like a faddish word used by teenagers because to them it sounds cool
 
2014-02-15 09:27:37 AM
LOL.

I'm old.  I'll adopt whatever bits of silly slang that I feel like, so get off my lawn.
 
2014-02-15 09:28:46 AM
img.fark.net
 
2014-02-15 09:28:51 AM
Dear young people.

"Eww wah eww wah, whatevs, UNNGGHH!"  and "Yeah, we be, like, f*ckin' sh*t, yo!" is not much of a manifesto.   We're not using your slang to sound "cool", whatever cool is this week, we're using your slang to make fun of you because it's very easy to do.


Now go play with you blinky toys and try not to get knocked up or shot by 16.


Love, z0mg U R teh 0ldzors!1!
 
2014-02-15 09:30:47 AM
"Now we're not here to 'come down' on you, that's not what we're about. We're just worried pot could lead to other things - crack, ice, boom, pow..."
 
2014-02-15 09:30:55 AM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Selfie is not in there because it's not a word that over 35's should stop using, it's a word that everyone should stop using.  Selfie sounds like a faddish word used by teenagers because to them it sounds cool


It's a perfectly cromulent word.  It simply means self portrait.  I have a feeling you'd better get used to it, because it's likely to be in the language for a long time.
 
2014-02-15 09:37:18 AM
I remember....hearing a 6th grader call a classmate a "douchebag" about 2006 or so and it warmed my heart because I hadn't heard the word used since the 1960s. When I told another teacher about it during lunch, She almost died laughing. "Women haven't used douchebags since the 1970s. They just don't work. " she explained when she recovered from laughing apoplecticly.
/end csb
//beyond using "douchebag" author is 100% correct. It's just grating and selfdemeaning to use the slang of youth today.
 
2014-02-15 09:37:54 AM
Bint
Arrive
Tracks of land
 
2014-02-15 09:40:11 AM
"Tracts"

(pet peave)
 
2014-02-15 09:40:28 AM
I love weirding out the kiddies using their slang. Especially the sailors on navy ships when I'm trying to fix things - "the timing relay is totes jacked up, yo...."
 
2014-02-15 09:42:07 AM

bunner: "Tracts"

(pet peave)


No coffee yet, gimme a break......dude.
 
2014-02-15 09:44:22 AM
English, when spoken by the English, has a quality of being used to establish ideas and solidify.  English, when spoken by Americans, tends to be used as a bludgeon or to push things out of the way.  We're running out of things or people to push out of the way 'cause we're all moved in, y'all.  Look into actual English.  Speak well.  Impress your friends.  See also: Spelling and Grammar.
 
2014-02-15 09:45:43 AM

DarkVader: LOL.

I'm old.  I'll adopt whatever bits of silly slang that I feel like, so get off my lawn.


Young people don't even use LOL anymore. They use LEL and even KEK to mean the same thing, but show it was written by a not over 25. I know because 4chan /int (international) is frequently informative with the right topic.
 
2014-02-15 09:47:37 AM
That, that is, is.
 
2014-02-15 09:47:55 AM
Wasted and smashed? Really? Those words have been around since the 60s.
 
2014-02-15 09:48:22 AM
One of the great joys of being a parent in your forties is watching your adolescent and her friends cringe when you use their slang words.

Or for that matter, being in trade school and watching my lab partner's eyes jump out when I said, "Okay, okay, I see how you are. Haters gonna hate."

I shall not desist. It's simply too much fun.
 
2014-02-15 09:49:53 AM

gilatrout: Real horror show eh?


Next time I hear "cray-cray" I'll show 'em a bit of the old ultraviolence, eh? Now hand me my moloko-plus and GTFOML.
 
2014-02-15 09:52:36 AM
I just remember how sad it was when I was a teenager using all sorts of stupid slang, and my dad started trying to use the same slang in a bid to connect with me.
"yo dawg, do your homework."
"The soccer game starts in 45 minutes.  We gots ta bizzounce."
"Have fun getting jiggy at that school dance this weekend"
 
2014-02-15 09:53:08 AM

ReapTheChaos: Wasted and smashed? Really? Those words have been around since the 60s.


Actually, since the '30s and '40s as "smashed" was widely used by people my dad's age to denote heavily inebriated.  Language is prone to convolution and permutation and always has been.  Especially English.  But it is hilarious to see the whole prefab "generation gap" con work like a charm every 20 years as a new generation feels obliged to take a sledgehammer to it's own language and then glue the bits back together badly.  Mostly, because they're pretty sure they accomplished something amazing.
 
2014-02-15 09:55:32 AM

serial_crusher: I just remember how sad it was when I was a teenager using all sorts of stupid slang, and my dad started trying to use the same slang in a bid to connect with me.
"yo dawg, do your homework."
"The soccer game starts in 45 minutes.  We gots ta bizzounce."
"Have fun getting jiggy at that school dance this weekend"


See several posts above. He wasn't trying to "connect", he was trying to show you how pathetic you sounded.
 
2014-02-15 09:59:18 AM
Psst kids, when we're using the stupid slang that you use, we're not doing it in the hope that you or anyone else will think we're cool. We're mocking you.
 
2014-02-15 09:59:55 AM
My problem with YOLO is that it is like hearing "obviously the sun goes around the earth". Whether or not you believe in reincarnation, it happens as a course of nature much like the earth going around the sun whether or not the pope would believe Galileo.
 
2014-02-15 10:00:02 AM

rvesco: What's the happs, peeps?


Dufuq is that?
 
2014-02-15 10:01:23 AM

rvesco: [www.cutorcopy.com image 360x360]

What's the happs, peeps?


Jebus, who left the tree-of-life root laying out?
 
2014-02-15 10:03:17 AM
Godwinned.
 
2014-02-15 10:04:44 AM
Wasted/smashed: What happens when the cat knocks over your treasured vase, not your status after too many alcoholic beverages/illegal drugs

c'mon, really. I've been wasted and/or smashed continuously since 1982.
 
2014-02-15 10:11:13 AM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Selfie is not in there because it's not a word that over 35's should stop using, it's a word that everyone should stop using.  Selfie sounds like a faddish word used by teenagers because to them it sounds cool

I thought "selfie" sounded like metaphor for masturbating.
/which it turns out it is.

 
2014-02-15 10:16:59 AM
I use such slang only whenever one of my kids does.  It sounds so moronic but me using it always seems to kill all of their desire to use the latest piece of slang.
 
2014-02-15 10:19:25 AM

ReapTheChaos: Wasted and smashed? Really? Those words have been around since the 60s.


Really. These should be updayed for today's youth.

I propose "way way" and "totes mashed"
 
2014-02-15 10:22:31 AM

Savage Belief: "totes mashed"


cltampa.com
 
2014-02-15 10:30:17 AM

bunner: "Tracts"

(pet peave)



"Peeve"
 
2014-02-15 10:32:16 AM
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
Respect.
 
2014-02-15 10:34:37 AM
Far out!  People getting hassled for the way they talk.
 
2014-02-15 10:39:47 AM

Babe Ruthless: bunner: "Tracts"

(pet peave)


"Peeve"


I notice you didn't see what I did there.
 
2014-02-15 10:40:49 AM

rvesco: [www.cutorcopy.com image 360x360]

What's the happs, peeps?


Who shaved Treebeard?
 
2014-02-15 10:44:05 AM
in my limited observation, slang usage amongst adults correlates negatively with career success.
 
2014-02-15 10:44:26 AM

Babe Ruthless: bunner: "Tracts"

(pet peave)


"Peeve"


Rotskyed
 
2014-02-15 10:46:43 AM
Im in my 30s now so I probably make the teenagers uncomfortable if I use thier slang.
 
2014-02-15 10:48:59 AM

Cat Food Sandwiches: Babe Ruthless: bunner: "Tracts"

(pet peave)


"Peeve"

Rotskyed


"Trotsky"


Pet peavey.
 
2014-02-15 10:53:27 AM
Bun dat!
 
2014-02-15 10:56:53 AM

bunner: "Tracts"

(pet peave)


"Pet peeve"

(pet peeve)
 
2014-02-15 11:00:49 AM
PUSSY ON THE CHAINWAX
 
2014-02-15 11:06:01 AM

czetie: The most effective way to get young people to stop using stupid slang like YOLO or twerking or cray-cray is for us old farts to start using it..


Totes
 
2014-02-15 11:06:03 AM
I use internet slang online, but I've managed to avoid allowing it to slip into professional documents or spoken language. There are certain terms, though, that feel uncomfortable to write, let alone say, anywhere: YOLO, totes, amazeballs, word... and my 55 year old mother in law uses them all on Facebook. It's quite cringe-inducing.
 
2014-02-15 11:06:36 AM

bunner: English, when spoken by the English, has a quality of being used to establish ideas and solidify.  English, when spoken by Americans, tends to be used as a bludgeon or to push things out of the way.  We're running out of things or people to push out of the way 'cause we're all moved in, y'all.  Look into actual English.  Speak well.  Impress your friends.  See also: Spelling and Grammar.


Wanker
 
2014-02-15 11:08:03 AM
When I got the text that her cat died, I text back LOL
I thought it meant Lots Of Love

/ not true
 
2014-02-15 11:11:05 AM

Marquis de Sod: bunner: English, when spoken by the English, has a quality of being used to establish ideas and solidify.  English, when spoken by Americans, tends to be used as a bludgeon or to push things out of the way.  We're running out of things or people to push out of the way 'cause we're all moved in, y'all.  Look into actual English.  Speak well.  Impress your friends.  See also: Spelling and Grammar.

Wanker


Oi, lookit Lord poshington, 'ere, innit?
 
2014-02-15 11:17:37 AM
Oh, you young people and your ideals and your bell bottom trousers!
 
2014-02-15 11:18:55 AM
Sorry kiddies, but most of "your" slang is made up of words and phrases you stole from the geezers who write South Park and Family Guy, rappers in their late 30's and 40's, clueless septuagenarian columnists for People Magazine, and comedians who often aren't just really, really old, but are in fact long dead.

Generation 1.0 isn't taking your words. They're taking their words back. And honestly, if you had any dignity, you'd be glad to hand them over.
 
2014-02-15 11:19:16 AM

Ker_Thwap: czetie: The most effective way to get young people to stop using stupid slang like YOLO or twerking or cray-cray is for us old farts to start using it.

So no.

Yep, I used to do this to my kids to demonstrate how stupid some of their phrases sounded.  I never was able to dissuade them from using "wicked" however.  Alas.


I thought wicked (as in wicked good) was unique to Maine.
 
2014-02-15 11:21:46 AM
I'm fine with most of these words remaining in the vernacular. What bugs me is the misuse of the word literally. People use that word to express the magnitude or severity of whatever they are describing.

With that said, I want my epitaph on my headstone to read, "I literally died."
 
2014-02-15 11:21:47 AM
It's also high time for a vocabulary intervention.

No, really, it's time for people to mind their own damn business.  You don't like something.  We get it.  You don't like somebody not liking something.  Great.  You're a writer?  Well, tell us every excruciating detail about your take on slang just like every other "clever" writer does every year in and year out until the end of time.  Please, continue...
 
2014-02-15 11:22:12 AM
I think the worst of the new slang I've heard is "thirsty" being used to describe a horny/slutty girl. I'm only 24 and that one still makes me rage.
 
2014-02-15 11:30:00 AM

Trocadero:


I always get a kick whenever I see Darth Vader and Caligula do those commercials.
 
2014-02-15 11:33:31 AM

SirGeorgeBurkelwitzIII: I think the worst of the new slang I've heard is "thirsty" being used to describe a horny/slutty girl. I'm only 24 and that one still makes me rage.


You never know - maybe hydration is the main reason why the young ladies in question guzzle so much gentleman juice.
 
2014-02-15 11:37:16 AM
"anyways" for some reason bugs the crap out of me.   When I hear that word I immediately place the speaker into the same category as those that add multiple "like", "yu-know", and "uhmm"s to everything they say.
 
2014-02-15 11:40:32 AM

bunner: Cat Food Sandwiches: Babe Ruthless: bunner: "Tracts"

(pet peave)


"Peeve"

Rotskyed

"Trotsky"


Pet peavey.


www.piercecountypets.orgprofile.ultimate-guitar.com
 
2014-02-15 11:43:08 AM

rebelyell2006: Trocadero:

I always get a kick whenever I see Darth Vader and Caligula do those commercials.


I thought I'd seen every range of acting until I saw Thulsa Doom say "totes McGotes."
 
2014-02-15 11:55:53 AM

cig-mkr: When I got the text that her cat died, I text back LOL
I thought it meant Lots Of Love

/ not true


First saw LOL when I was on ICQ around 1993. My roommate said it meant Lesbians OnLine, and was a sneaky way to ask for a hot private chat with a chick.

/I became terrible disenchanted with the whole "world wide web" soon after
 
2014-02-15 12:01:19 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com

23 skidoo baby. I'm hep!!! Catch you on the flipside, daddy -o!!!
 
2014-02-15 12:11:06 PM

SirGeorgeBurkelwitzIII: I think the worst of the new slang I've heard is "thirsty" being used to describe a horny/slutty girl.


Never heard that one, but I kind of like it.  Better than 'dripping'.

/'Concupiscent' is more colorful, but no one understands it.
 
2014-02-15 12:38:23 PM

Babe Ruthless: bunner: "Tracts"

(pet peave)


"Peeve"


Hahaha look at the noob
 
2014-02-15 12:38:30 PM
Sometimes it's hard to tell if the person you're talking to is young or old.


img.fark.net
 
2014-02-15 12:42:03 PM
I will use slang around my elderly coworkers just to hear them use it. Much entertaining. We major!
 
2014-02-15 12:49:44 PM
The mark lit a rag when the roper played the cackle-bladder for him.
 
2014-02-15 01:04:44 PM

voodoomedic: cig-mkr: When I got the text that her cat died, I text back LOL
I thought it meant Lots Of Love

/ not true

First saw LOL when I was on ICQ around 1993. My roommate said it meant Lesbians OnLine, and was a sneaky way to ask for a hot private chat with a chick.

/I became terrible disenchanted with the whole "world wide web" soon after


First time I heard LOL was in EMT school in the mid 1980's.  "Little Old Lady."  Strangely, I never heard "LOM" to refer to a Little Old Man in the same context.  *shrug*  Also, old-timey slang cracks me up: I taught my son when he was very little to call me "daddy-o" and say other out-of-date slang terms to confuse and amuse passers-by.

/Language is a virus
//LOL
 
2014-02-15 01:05:04 PM

Your Hind Brain: Synergy.
Good fit.
Issue.
Best practice.
Jack-hole.
Stupidfark.

/Mondo



Gag.

My employer is suddenly all about constantly using the term "best practice". It's mind-numbing. I hate business school graduate lingo. All they really mean when they say it is, "Do your job and don't fark around" or simply "rules".

Report header: BLANK ACCOUNT BEST PRACTICE
=
BLANK ACCOUNT RULES
or
WHEN YOU WORK ON BLANK ACCOUNT, DO WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO AND DON'T FARK AROUND (in other words, treat it like every other part of your job. We're just making up words here to justify our middle-management paychecks.)
 
2014-02-15 01:15:32 PM

blacksho89: serial_crusher: I just remember how sad it was when I was a teenager using all sorts of stupid slang, and my dad started trying to use the same slang in a bid to connect with me.
"yo dawg, do your homework."
"The soccer game starts in 45 minutes.  We gots ta bizzounce."
"Have fun getting jiggy at that school dance this weekend"

See several posts above. He wasn't trying to "connect", he was trying to show you how pathetic you sounded.


Did he also start sagging his Dockers? This is important.
/extra lulz if he wore Jockey shorts.
//That's right. i said 'lulz.'
 
2014-02-15 01:25:37 PM
The only time I use young people slang in the real world is when I'm mocking my nephews.  Otherwise, my only forays into the younger generations is keeping up with music trends and internet memes.  It's tough to admit that you've become an old doofus (ask your parents kids), but there comes a point where you just have to accept it.
 
2014-02-15 01:55:26 PM
Dear young people, stop bringing up old crap like you just thought of something new and unique.
 
2014-02-15 02:02:17 PM
Don't really give a damn about most of it, but I seriously want to cockpunch anyone I hear using "hashtag" as part of normal conversation.  If they are past high school age, I want to drive an icepick through their ear.
 
2014-02-15 02:05:39 PM

tylerdurden217: I'm fine with most of these words remaining in the vernacular. What bugs me is the misuse of the word literally. People use that word to express the magnitude or severity of whatever they are describing.

With that said, I want my epitaph on my headstone to read, "I literally died."


About that...

Last year The OED shook its head, sighed, and added 'figuratively' to the definition of 'literally'.

"O tempora o mores!"
 
2014-02-15 02:35:26 PM
Are they still calling the English teacher "Daddy-O"?
 
2014-02-15 03:16:54 PM
25.media.tumblr.com


/Obscure?
//I mean... no one else has mentioned it yet.
 
2014-02-15 03:17:19 PM

one-in-the-chamber: Wasted/smashed: What happens when the cat knocks over your treasured vase, not your status after too many alcoholic beverages/illegal drugs

c'mon, really. I've been wasted and/or smashed continuously since 1982.


My father used smashed and wasted and so does my niece. Who da fuq wrote this article--a 90-year-old librarian spinster?

/YOLO is a plague that must be killed with fire
 
2014-02-15 03:20:55 PM

Secret Agent X23: Much depends on context as well. Boastfully announcing, "I'm so wasted!" at a party is something anyone beyond high school age should have outgrown


But "I'm Soooooo wasted!!!" is the mating call of the blondes!

I said f'o shizzle once and I thought my 22yo was going to come unglued. Made a mental note so I could use it later.
 
2014-02-15 03:38:11 PM

Kevin72: My problem with YOLO is that it is like hearing "obviously the sun goes around the earth". Whether or not you believe in reincarnation, it happens as a course of nature much like the earth going around the sun whether or not the pope would believe Galileo.


My problem with it is that there are already expressions like "carpe diem" that have been around much longer.  All saying "yolo" accomplishes is to announce that you don't know what "carpe diem" means.

I suppose you could argue that they don't really mean exactly the same thing, and thus there's a reason why one should know, and use, both.  And yet in practice I seriously doubt that people who use "yolo" could make that argument.
 
2014-02-15 03:39:19 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-15 03:46:27 PM

pushcart: tylerdurden217: I'm fine with most of these words remaining in the vernacular. What bugs me is the misuse of the word literally. People use that word to express the magnitude or severity of whatever they are describing.

With that said, I want my epitaph on my headstone to read, "I literally died."

About that...

Last year The OED shook its head, sighed, and added 'figuratively' to the definition of 'literally'.


Since that actually happened in 1903, I assume you don't mean "last year" literally.  But the "figuratively" usage dates back to the 1680s.  Literally.

Along with getting involved in a land war in Asia, one of the classic blunders is to get involved in a fight that was lost before you were even born.
 
2014-02-15 04:13:38 PM

ciberido: Kevin72: My problem with YOLO is that it is like hearing "obviously the sun goes around the earth". Whether or not you believe in reincarnation, it happens as a course of nature much like the earth going around the sun whether or not the pope would believe Galileo.

My problem with it is that there are already expressions like "carpe diem" that have been around much longer.  All saying "yolo" accomplishes is to announce that you don't know what "carpe diem" means.

I suppose you could argue that they don't really mean exactly the same thing, and thus there's a reason why one should know, and use, both.  And yet in practice I seriously doubt that people who use "yolo" could make that argument.


My second problem with YOLO is that it is a county in California, the one that contains UC Davis. Soon, dizzbrains will think that the county was named after the expression.

My third problem with YOLO is that youth use it to justify the kind of behavior we're seeing from Justin Bieber. (Can "justinfy" be what will be heard next? )
 
2014-02-15 04:19:23 PM

bunner: "Tracts"

(pet peave)



That should be 'peeve'.
 
2014-02-15 04:21:50 PM
Most of these I've never heard.

You know what I'm saying? You know what I'm saying?
 
2014-02-15 04:24:04 PM

bratface: bunner: "Tracts"

(pet peave)


That should be 'peeve'.


That was sort of the point.  Yeah.  I was trying to make a funny.
 
2014-02-15 04:27:24 PM
Love doing this to my students. It drives them nuts.

/it's all I got
//*sniff*
 
2014-02-15 04:55:44 PM
Dear young people, are you perchance mad brother?
 
2014-02-15 05:29:13 PM

ciberido: pushcart: tylerdurden217: I'm fine with most of these words remaining in the vernacular. What bugs me is the misuse of the word literally. People use that word to express the magnitude or severity of whatever they are describing.

With that said, I want my epitaph on my headstone to read, "I literally died."

About that...

Last year The OED shook its head, sighed, and added 'figuratively' to the definition of 'literally'.

Since that actually happened in 1903, I assume you don't mean "last year" literally.  But the "figuratively" usage dates back to the 1680s.  Literally.

Along with getting involved in a land war in Asia, one of the classic blunders is to get involved in a fight that was lost before you were even born.


:) I like you!
 
2014-02-15 06:56:53 PM

pushcart: ciberido: pushcart: tylerdurden217: I'm fine with most of these words remaining in the vernacular. What bugs me is the misuse of the word literally. People use that word to express the magnitude or severity of whatever they are describing.

With that said, I want my epitaph on my headstone to read, "I literally died."

About that...

Last year The OED shook its head, sighed, and added 'figuratively' to the definition of 'literally'.

Since that actually happened in 1903, I assume you don't mean "last year" literally.  But the "figuratively" usage dates back to the 1680s.  Literally.

Along with getting involved in a land war in Asia, one of the classic blunders is to get involved in a fight that was lost before you were even born.

:) I like you!


t2.gstatic.com
 
2014-02-15 06:59:33 PM
Most of those are words you shouldn't use if you're over 35 human.
 
2014-02-15 07:47:45 PM
I like using it.  It gives me road cred.
 
2014-02-15 10:57:54 PM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-02-16 12:17:22 AM

Nix Nightbird: Your Hind Brain: Synergy.
Good fit.
Issue.
Best practice.
Jack-hole.
Stupidfark.

/Mondo


Gag.

My employer is suddenly all about constantly using the term "best practice". It's mind-numbing. I hate business school graduate lingo. All they really mean when they say it is, "Do your job and don't fark around" or simply "rules".

Report header: BLANK ACCOUNT BEST PRACTICE
=
BLANK ACCOUNT RULES
or
WHEN YOU WORK ON BLANK ACCOUNT, DO WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO AND DON'T FARK AROUND (in other words, treat it like every other part of your job. We're just making up words here to justify our middle-management paychecks.)


Yep. I know.
How do you get into the mind of a middle manager?
Open the skull.
 
2014-02-16 01:01:51 AM

Your Hind Brain: Synergy.
Good fit.
Issue.
Best practice.
Jack-hole.
Stupidfark.

/Mondo


At my job, we were told once that "You're all salespeople. Come on, you know which verticals we sell into." I didn't even know what "vertical" meant in that context. (It means "industry," but it "pops" better. Airlines are one "vertical," fast food is another, and etc.)

/I'm a software developer/manager. fark you I'm not a salesman, that's your job. DO YOUR GODDAMN JOB.
 
2014-02-16 01:22:42 AM

Fuggin Bizzy: Your Hind Brain: Synergy.
Good fit.
Issue.
Best practice.
Jack-hole.
Stupidfark.

/Mondo

At my job, we were told once that "You're all salespeople. Come on, you know which verticals we sell into." I didn't even know what "vertical" meant in that context. (It means "industry," but it "pops" better. Airlines are one "vertical," fast food is another, and etc.)

/I'm a software developer/manager. fark you I'm not a salesman, that's your job. DO YOUR GODDAMN JOB.


Holy shart. I went from annoying kids talk to MBA vernacular. I should start another thread.

/Self starter
//Or anything Linkedin says that is no longer cool
///Good fit for my underwear
 
2014-02-16 01:48:42 AM
Maybe these:

Calibrate Expectations
Fun
Outside the Box
Color in the lines
Strategry
Rightshoring
Clear goal
Moving forward
Bang for the box
Seasoned broken interval
Hep X
Administrative assistant
Project manager of fo shizzle

/This isn't fun anymore
 
2014-02-16 04:51:06 AM

DarkVader: Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Selfie is not in there because it's not a word that over 35's should stop using, it's a word that everyone should stop using.  Selfie sounds like a faddish word used by teenagers because to them it sounds cool

It's a perfectly cromulent word.  It simply means self portrait.  I have a feeling you'd better get used to it, because it's likely to be in the language for a long time.


I don't know about anyone else, but to me, it sounds as silly as saying "cray-cray" instead of "crazy" and "peeps" or "ppl" instead of "People."
 
2014-02-16 09:53:43 AM

Your Hind Brain: Holy shart. I went from annoying kids talk to MBA vernacular. I should start another thread.


Meh. Discussions naturally wander, even in person.

Apropos of nothing, have you seen the Lego Movie?
 
2014-02-16 10:55:49 AM

Fuggin Bizzy: Your Hind Brain: Holy shart. I went from annoying kids talk to MBA vernacular. I should start another thread.

Meh. Discussions naturally wander, even in person.

Apropos of nothing, have you seen the Lego Movie?


No, I haven't. Should give it a try.
 
2014-02-16 07:03:12 PM

bunner: English, when spoken by the English, has a quality of being used to establish ideas and solidify.  English, when spoken by Americans, tends to be used as a bludgeon or to push things out of the way.  We're running out of things or people to push out of the way 'cause we're all moved in, y'all.  Look into actual English.  Speak well.  Impress your friends.  See also: Spelling and Grammar.


Oh really?

Here are some examples of English as spoken by the English:

"Hoy a hamma owa here, hinny."

"Howay, man, marra, let's gan doon the pub for some beltas scran."

"Hoy us a snout, marra. I'm gasping" and also, the refrain of the charva (see 35), "Gis a tab I can lend till the morra"

Translation for all three of them: Who the fark knows?

Lifted from here: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/newcastle-sayings - updated-top-56-6466922

These aren't exaggerations. I have known people who talk like that. In fact, when I was a child I spoke like that. Now I speak with an Australian accent which is arguably even worse - easier to understand but more grating to the ears.

On the whole, Americans are far better speakers of English than the English.
 
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