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(Literary Hub)   Our ridiculous exaggeration of language is utterly draining it of every ounce of meaning, as this literally awesome trend skyrockets to never-before-seen heights. No amount of hyperbole has ever exploded in such a blinding linguistic supernova. Ever   (lithub.com) divider line
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2022-09-27 11:39:16 PM  
Nice.
 
2022-09-27 11:55:44 PM  
I've been complaining about this since literally forever.

/figuratively speaking
 
2022-09-28 4:55:18 AM  
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2022-09-28 6:19:27 AM  
Then maybe we need to start coming up with new words and expressions. Languages change. Being mad about it won't prevent it from changing
 
2022-09-28 8:29:24 AM  
That's an iconic headline, subby.
 
2022-09-28 8:53:39 AM  

adamgreeney: Then maybe we need to start coming up with new words and expressions. Languages change. Being mad about it won't prevent it from changing


Maybe make some effort learn language. Dum my steaks No have 2 hapen
 
2022-09-28 8:54:56 AM  
So the person with three last names is concerned about unnecessary excesses in language.
 
2022-09-28 9:19:33 AM  
NOT!
 
2022-09-28 10:01:07 AM  
You'll get over it.

Language in general is experiencing a shift the likes of which it hasn't seen since the rise of international trade (I do not mean on today's scale, I mean way back) thanks to this massive, double-edged globe-spanning near-instantaneous communications network we cobbled together recently. The majority of what we read today isn't the product of professional writers and journalists; it's from similarly-educated blokes like you.

Within a typical month, I interact with a once unfathomable number of other languages, understanding varying portions of each and occasionally stuffing my head with foreign figures of speech. We're rapidly acquiring new loan words from all over and using them naturally in a very short span. Regional slang also spreads at a faster rate due to the same mechanism.

When the old hyperbole fails us, context will pick up the slack so we'll always know when the ocean is literally on fire or your eyebrows are literally on fleek. When it doesn't, we'll find new hyperbole from elsewhere and incorporate them into our speech and writing in short order.
 
2022-09-28 10:04:24 AM  
And boy, linguists of the following century are going to have a beautiful web to untangle, thanks largely to the Web we've built.
 
2022-09-28 10:49:45 AM  
This revelation is nothing short of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
 
2022-09-28 11:15:23 AM  
Gosh, I wonder where that came from?

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Look at that list.  How many of those words and ideas have you used as though it was legitimate, and you really needed some "empowerment" or you "craved" some "insider" action, or you needed to "reclaim" something?
Marketing tools.  They cheapen you, and you cheapen yourselves.
 
2022-09-28 11:25:02 AM  
Headline of the Millennium
 
2022-09-28 11:26:28 AM  
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2022-09-28 11:27:36 AM  
If we're talking this much, it might be that we're desperate to exist. If we're slinging around words like amazing and incredible and surreal, it might be that we're looking for these things. If we are Generation Hyperbole, it is because we are so desperate to feel something good and tremendous-we're constantly reaching for something beyond. We want to feel awed, we want to be in touch with something dreamlike, we want to see things that are really beautiful, we've only forgotten where to find them.

Holy fark. She dances ALL around it.  We can't find meaning. We can't find anything good. We can't find meaning in our purchased existence of hyperbolic products and ideas and things that we think that we want, because that's not what we want.
But it's not advertising that caused any of this--the field that has covered our world with words and pictures and exaggeration, the field that blares at us 24 hours a day, rules our lives, changes us and changes our thinking.

I can't even anymore.  Even the intellectuals are like, But I don't understaaannnnddddddd what has happened to us!  Fark, open your eyes, instead of your wallet.  But you couldn't get that shiat printed, could you, even in some obscure literary mag?  Best to sink to your fainting couch  after you turn in enough of something to get paid.

Fark this planet and this country in particular
 
2022-09-28 11:48:55 AM  
i happen to have it on good authority that
"the words we use are strong, they make reality."

which i do believe is why so many people try to reinvent terminology for the same old chit, so they can more or less claim ownership/authority over the understanding of it all.


Like what's the point in not just 'slacking off?' Why dose anyone need a new way of saying the same old idea, and when they try so hard to own a thing, that was already basically fine as is.
Then we're in changes just for the sake of the change, and now rational thought has to go out, because it might be the already in place and time tested term is in fact about as logical/rational a way to say as it gets.

So when we toss out any notion that the term itself will carry meaning, intrinsically. Well now we are in the ultimate Gate Keeper authority position.
cause if i said, slacking off to someone, they might understand the idea of, not entirely doing as expected.
When the rope is taught, it is clearly carrying the full weight, when their is slack in the line, it is for sure not carrying the weight.

there is connective tissue meaning to be found here, people may be able to deduce the meaning having never heard the term under such context before.


Ok now try to imagine the thought process of dreaming up to use the term
"quiet quitting."

In which no actual quitting will take place, and we will preform the job to the minimum written expectations to not be fired.
And use this now instead of slacking off, cause that term was not worth while/ not accurate enough? not useful some who?

No this is change for the sake of change, and more or less anyone doing that is more specifically, change for the sake of claimed ownership/change for the sake of making oneself the gate keeper of the thing to which you now have a new label.

What's up McDowell's, how yall doing over there? Enjoying the operations manual for not being a corporate toddie?
 
2022-09-28 12:40:42 PM  
As someone who spends chunks of his days excising this shiat from his copy, I can tell you it's not getting any worse.

Florid writers/speakers have existed as long as language.

"Creative writing" should only be a class you can take deep into an English degree. For it holds weapons that are dangerous in the hands of the casual user.

Abusing of the language with purple prose does have its uses. It helps you identify overly dramatic idiots quickly.
 
2022-09-28 12:45:58 PM  
Absolutely awesome. Hilariously hysterical. The superlative to end all superlatives.
 
2022-09-28 3:35:40 PM  
Discrediting the language is an important first step fir teaching everyone to bellyfeel doubleplusgood newspeak.
 
2022-09-28 9:59:16 PM  
Oh, to have the childlike innocence to declare something such as a cupcake to be "amazing".
 
2022-09-28 10:07:26 PM  
And you're screwing up GPT-3. Knock it off.
 
2022-09-28 10:35:18 PM  

Boudyro: As someone who spends chunks of his days excising this shiat from his copy, I can tell you it's not getting any worse.

Florid writers/speakers have existed as long as language.

"Creative writing" should only be a class you can take deep into an English degree. For it holds weapons that are dangerous in the hands of the casual user.

Abusing of the language with purple prose does have its uses. It helps you identify overly dramatic idiots quickly.


I read an article saying the same thing as this one... twenty years ago.
 
2022-09-29 7:52:11 AM  

cryinoutloud: Look at that list.  How many of those words and ideas have you used as though it was legitimate, and you really needed some "empowerment" or you "craved" some "insider" action, or you needed to "reclaim" something?

Marketing tools.  They cheapen you, and you cheapen yourselves.


"Trauma" should be added to the list. I just saw this yesterday from someone Jay Shermaning their book.

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