Thursday, August 21, 2008

Getting Eight Times As Worked Up

Regarding Hatandcoat's nit-pick, is there any evidence to say that Slate didn't mean 9 times as much air when they said "eight times more air"? I'm not saying Slate's so great that they couldn't mess it up, but maybe they said what they meant. Cut Slate some slack, dog. Why you got to be so "ignorant"? (That'll get Hatandcoat going.)

Anyway, I settled down after lunch about the whole revolving door thing. And then I came across two things that have been bothering me for a while. And they need to stop.

1. Strike-out text. Example:
Few people in DC seem to understand this kind of outlook on life, which may be why I have no friends so many people seem so skittish and scared to say anything that doesn't align with whatever politically correct group of douches they've pigeon-holed themselves into. (The Anti DC)
Ah. You almost typed something embarrassing and self-deprecating but perhaps true, but then you thought better of it and crossed it out. Yet I can still see what you meant or were going to say. Ah. That is funny. Except I've seen it done too many times. I no longer find it cute.

2. "I just threw up a little in my mouth."

I did a quote search for that exact phrase in Google. There were 25,200 results.

People. Stop saying this. It was old when my girlfriend-at-the-time started saying it about everything that was just a little nauseating. That was 2003. FIVE YEARS AGO it was old.

There seems to be confusion over when this quote started being repeated by everyone. Some think it came from the movie Dodgeball, but I find it hard to believe that that movie originated anything. Besides, it came out in 2004, and I had broken up with the throw-up-girl by then.


Hatandcoat said...

Sure, they may have meant 9x the amount. It's just something that I see everywhere.

Hatandcoat said...

And I'm not going to flip over "ignorant" because I don't hear that one anymore. Baiting abated.

Missy said...

My newest pet peeve is a food writing one - it's anytime a writer says something tastes like a season, particularly if they add a piece of flatware to the mix.

Example: "That's summer in a bowl".
"Autumn on a plate"

It's lazy writing, very much resorting to cliches, if not a particularly overused one. Yet. And I'm sure I've done it, too.

Just you wait. Now you're going to see it EVERYWHERE. And be annoyed.