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Graham Mernatsi
08-14-2007, 08:31 PM
I've noticed a general decline in the writing quality of PD posts. I know it's summer, but that's no excuse for getting sloppy. The offseason should be spent eradicating your weaknesses and improving on your strengths, not shooting Laker fish in a barrell! With that in mind, I bring you this brilliant write-up from Gawker. Read and be inspired.

http://www.gawker.com/news/blogs/bad-lingo-blogmedia-clichs-222162.php

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Bad Lingo: Blog-Media Cliches

When you make words for a living, you will inevitably find yourself drawn into certain ruts of repetition. That's why you'll see the same tired clich s popping up in the same media outlets, or often in the writing produced by the same people. Blogs are no different, and are in fact worse -- the increased breadth and depth of volume encourages mass overuse of an even longer list of lazy jokes, references, and turns of phrase. And blog comments and discussions recycle the same slop with alarming regularity. We're as guilty as anyone of these crimes, and likely more guilty than some. We're willing to admit there's a problem though, just like at AA, so we're cataloguing the worst offenders far and wide. After the jump, an annotated list of words, phrases, and terms that have long overstayed their welcome in the media-blogosphere. Send in your own, and as always, feel free to chime in comment-wise.

Best. [ultimate thing or experience.] Ever/Evar.
Likely originating in the reverse ("worst [x] ever"), this clich still has a deathgrip on the media, in all its sincere and sarcastic permutations. It's usually taken to mean a state of permanent, perpetual bestness, which is of course unsustainable. Sooner or later, something will not be the best [x] ever, and this phrase is a perfect example.

[undesirable counter-example], not so much.
The punchline that ends a thousand million columns and blog posts. Weak as the lightest of lite beers, or the puny farts you get from such beer.

FTW, O RLY, lol, FTL, OMG, FWIW, btw, PWND, ROTFL, etc.
These are borderline acceptable if you're instant messaging, speed-typing while online gaming, or expressing approval of a pornographic image posted to your favorite kink forum. Beyond that, stop it. Even if your audience uses these expressions in daily life, such practice should not be encouraged. Self-consciously peppering normal discourse with geekspeak acronyms (especially when used in conjunction with non-geek subjects) no longer rescues your words by way of anti-coolness. See also: "teh" anything.

[negative experience, situation, or description]; I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.
In a rare sane move, most writers realize this one is dead, and thus avoid it. However, only when "threw up in my mouth" is completely exterminated from the world consciousness may we all rest in peace.

[purposefully non-ghetto statement], yo.
Often used in conjunction other ghetto nonfabulous phrases like "Oh snap!" and "The [object or situation] was mad [obscure adjective]," the ubiquitous "yo" is a red flag of caucasianness, or at least non-blackness, or certainly anti-hipness. See also "haterade," "shizzle," and so on. One waves the flag to signal and suborn the anti-cool nature of the associated prose, but these days, "yo" and its ghetto-term relations sound tired even when uttered by actual ghetto residents.

[undesirable conclusion]. Oy.
Even more so than fake ghettospeak, fake Jewspeak has been completely drained of impact, which perversely has made it even more prevalent in media and blogs (due to the well-known Jewish control of both). "Oy" in particular is a universally pointless and fantastically lazy way to express discontent without actually saying anything.

[amazed paraphrase of opposing position]. Seriously? Seriously?
Deadly serious in fact. The prose equivalent of telling a bad joke, wiggling your eyebrows, and saying "Eh? Eh? Eh? Am I right?" to your readers.

What's next? [outlandish scenario]?
Take something you don't like, then imagine a nutty alternate universe where that thing is exaggerated beyond all reason. One must follow from the other, correct? Your rhetorical work here is done.

I'm looking at you, [example of complaint].
Has been known to cause actual outbreaks of hives. As if the thing/person "looked" at would react with a surprised and bashful "Who, me?". Puts the writer in the unflattering role (for all concerned) of pedantic schoolteacher addressing unruly children.

Um, [condescension]?
As a verbal tic in conversation, "um" is perfectly acceptable and often auditorially invisible. Written in prose, it signals a level of smarmy superiority that would get you rightly punched in the face if you dared behave like that in person.

[Argument], wait for it, [rhetorical flourish].
Where did this come from? Stage direction cues in the theater? No matter, it's a ridiculous tease and artificial tension builder that's never worth the wait.

[Undesirable experience] made my [sensory organ] bleed.
One hopes there are people who've actually had their eyes, ears, or other parts bleed in such situations, so they can use this expression in all clinical honesty. Beyond that, inexcusable.

[adjective]-y goodness
"Goodness" once might have served as a comical placeholder for sarcastic expressions of positivity, but now it exists in this construction purely to demonstrate the high-lariousness of the writer. A near cousin replaces "goodness" with a noun specific to the context, such as "his sexy backness."

[any word]-gasm
Not orgasmic in any respect, and long past funny or clever.

[x] is the new [y].
The unkillable grandaddy of them all, a Protean monster capable of adapting to any topic, discussion, situation, or writer. Has gone through so many levels of irony, sarcasm, and hipster appropriation that it deserves to be captured and dissected so we can finally understand its vigor. There is likely no defense, but fight it as long as you can. Your sacrifice will be remembered.

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That is all.

:arrgh:

Anthem
08-14-2007, 08:34 PM
Get a life, yo. Once you were scary. Now? Not so much.

What's next? Sending PMs to everyone who forgets a comma? Infractions based on improper semicolon use?

Oy.

Hicks
08-14-2007, 08:50 PM
This thread is mad lame, yo.

Skaut_Ech
08-14-2007, 09:07 PM
QFT!!

Kegboy
08-14-2007, 09:24 PM
Funny, talking to your alter ego's isn't listed.

Anthem
08-14-2007, 09:53 PM
Funny, talking to your alter ego's isn't listed.
He's looking at you, Btown.

Ambiguity FTW!

JayRedd
08-14-2007, 09:58 PM
Worst. Thread. Evar. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Kegboy
08-14-2007, 10:56 PM
He's looking at you, Btown.

Ambiguity FTW!

I will admit the whole FTW thing doesn't do it for me.

Eindar
08-14-2007, 11:11 PM
why isn't TPTB on there, yo?

Fool
08-15-2007, 11:00 AM
Is 4tW more to your liking?

bellisimo
08-15-2007, 11:20 AM
that was such a postgasm....

Gyron
08-15-2007, 11:32 AM
WTF, Yo, I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.....

Um, Wait for it....I just made my Snhnoze bleed.

Is this the next what the next goodytwoshoegasm writes like?

Oy!

JayRedd
08-15-2007, 12:01 PM
Is this what the next goodytwoshoegasm writes like?

Ummm...No.

Shade
08-16-2007, 05:56 PM
On another note, I love Hicks'/Kegboy's avatar. Classic. :thumbsup:

SamBear
08-17-2007, 01:50 AM
http://img250.imageshack.us/img250/2836/onnotice5op5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Moses
08-17-2007, 02:45 AM
in before the lock

Anthem
08-17-2007, 11:44 AM
in before the lock
IBL IBL IBL IBL!

http://forums.applenova.com/images/dancing-lock.gif

SoupIsGood
08-17-2007, 12:44 PM
Hey. If I felt so inclined, I could actually get that whole Clinical Honesty thing going for me. My ears have actually bled before. (It wasn't pleasant.) But, that's something I don't really flaunt much. '...made my ears bleed' is okay when the person's joking, but I think to chime in w/ 'well, you know, my ears actually did bleed, this one time, while I was...' would just sort of be a mood-killer, you know?

JayRedd
08-19-2007, 08:08 PM
http://img250.imageshack.us/img250/2836/onnotice5op5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

What about bears?

Wait a minute...You're one of them aren't you!! Stay away from our pic-i-nic baskeets.

SamBear
08-20-2007, 09:21 PM
Hee Hee... I'm smarter than the average bear... ;)

SycamoreKen
08-20-2007, 10:25 PM
LOL Bear! U R VRY Funny! Yo this thread has all the shizzle of a regurgitated spam dinner. This dude needs to put down his own glass of hateraid and let everyone mtob and chill.

Peace out!

Shade
08-21-2007, 08:08 PM
LOL Bear! U R VRY Funny! Yo this thread has all the shizzle of a regurgitated spam dinner. This dude needs to put down his own glass of hateraid and let everyone mtob and chill.

Peace out!

:peek: :shakehead

Pig Nash
08-22-2007, 09:01 PM
It's Haterade isn't it?

bellisimo
08-23-2007, 04:27 AM
It's Haterade isn't it?


:ding::haterade:

Slick Pinkham
08-24-2007, 10:32 AM
as a public service:


http://www.angryflower.com/aposter3.jpg

Anthem
08-24-2007, 01:23 PM
That's one of my all-time favorites.

NO WRONG! TOTALLY WRONG! WHERE DID YOU LEARN THIS? STOP DOING IT!

Anthem
05-14-2010, 11:50 AM
Bump. Seemed appropriate.

EDIT: In other news, putting the search terms "offseason anthem grammar site:pacersdigest.com" into Google reveals a worrisome level of sociopathy.

thewholefnshow31
05-14-2010, 11:56 AM
We are on notice?

http://mac.honan.net/uploaded_images/orly-750116.jpg

Putnam
05-14-2010, 11:59 AM
Anyone else notice that the on-line Indystar used "then" in place of "than" today on the caption of its featured picture?



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indygeezer
05-14-2010, 12:37 PM
HEY GRAHAM MERNATSI......Pacers Digest is two words not one.

bellisimo
05-14-2010, 01:06 PM
HEY GRAHAM MERNATSI......Pacers Digest is two words not one.

OH SNAP!
Geez got you, yo!

SycamoreKen
05-15-2010, 11:22 AM
lol

Suaveness
05-15-2010, 12:49 PM
Ouch.

btowncolt
05-15-2010, 03:04 PM
I WANT TO THANK THE OLD POSTS BUT I CAN'T. OY!

ChicagoJ
05-18-2010, 02:19 PM
I WANT TO THANK THE OLD POSTS BUT I CAN'T. OY!

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