Saturday, April 29, 2017

This Word Gets The Bird

A downside to Facebook's "Memories," or "On This Day," feature is that, like targeted ads, it is incapable of distinguishing between what I want to see and what I don't want. If I look up something for research or bought a gift, I don't want similar items shoved in my face all day.  If I posted something to Facebook because it infuriated me, I don't want to revisit it long after the memory, and my attached ire, have subsided. I guess I'll remember that going forward.

On the 24th Facebook took me back to 2015 and my first encounter with "humblebrag." The Facebook reminder was my second encounter with this deplorable oxymoron. I'd have been happy to have left it at one. "Humblebrag" was created and popularized by people who have either never heard or understood what false modesty means. That is sad.

I get it. Our American English language is rooted more in usage than in rules. That can lead either to gems like hate-watch or uttered garbage. Humblebrag, however, had me walking around for days in 2015 muttering it disdainfully under my breath. Here I am again.

Thanks for nothing, Facebook.

What words do you hate? Feel free to share. I promise to hate-read them all.

1 comment:

  1. You're someone I used to know. Long ago in a land called Cleve... In an apartment on Euclid Heights Blvd. Curiosity led me to Google. Google brought me here. My name is not Dorothy. It's Liza. Congrats on The Comeback. I'm going to go buy it. I hope you're well!

    Words I hate: Amazeballs, listicle, anything with -licious appended (excepting de), totes, squee (as in I'm so excited *squee*, not of comic book fame), hella (I'm convinced this word is indestructible. Every time I think it's gone, up it pops.), and adorbs.