This two-word pablum says as much as "OK" by bloating the verbiage by one syllable. It's as if people use "fair enough" when they have nothing constructive to add to an argument or conversation. It's the white flag of conversation. Want to give up on a chat and steer it somewhere else? That's where "fair enough" comes in, but otherwise it should exit stage left and spent the rest of its days golfing in Florida.
"I'm so OCD about that!"
When OCD is thrown in conversation as a way to stress how obsessed you are about something, I grate my teeth. OCD has struck my immediate family heavily, and it's not a disease to throw around like, well, "fair enough." If you have any form of OCD, you might get a pass, but if you don't, please consider using a different phrase to express your attention to detail. Otherwise, you'll likely offend someone who's truly suffered from OCD's chokehold.
As a journalist, I despise language that seeks to deride my profession and colleagues simply because that particular news hit isn't favourable to the speaker of such derision. We all know "Fake news!" was born from Trump's face-hole, but too many everyday folks are taking up the battle-cry. The term should only apply to truly phony news, which Buzzfeed's Craig Silverman has been tracking for years, and whose work I highly recommend you check out.
I don't hear or read this often, but when I do, I cringe. It's one of those words, like "moist", that can ignite a strong reaction in someone, and to me "douchebag" is just a lazy insult. What's the sayer meaning with that affront? Less of an asshole, more than a scumbag?
I come across this phrase most often as a journalist, thanks to the dozens of press releases I get daily. Tech startups are particularly fond of saying a new kind of technology has been "baked into our new product release," when they could have easily said "built into." What's with all the baking, CTOs?! You're not in the kitchen, and the more "baking" you do gives the impression you're pulling words from a synonym list just to make you sound smart or hip or smartly hip.
This is a new one to me...not the written use of "LOL" in messages but as a rejoinder to say out loud. As in, a joke is said, and then someone says "LOL" instead of actually laughing out loud. WTF? I mean, what the fuck? Are we so lazy with our language we don't actually want to emit the laughter bubbling in our chest and instead spit out an acrostic substitute? I know there's slang from the younger set that us ol' fogies might not understand, but if we're heading to the path of letters to express an appreciation for humour...I fear for what's next, folks.
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