The English language constantly evolves. One generation’s “groovy” is the next generation’s “rad” and the next generation’s “sick”. Our culture, likewise, seems to come in waves. Hippies, punks, yuppies, preps, goths, and alternatives have all had their day in the sun.
Thankfully, these fads seem to by cyclical…they enjoy a few years at the forefront, account for the sale of bumper stickers, coffee mugs, and touristy t-shirts, and then our culture purges them from it’s conscious.
Well, it’s time to take a big ole Cultural Ex Lax cause there is some shit that needs to be flushed.
“-gate” This tendency to append “gate” to any scandal is over. It made sense the first go around, because the Nixon administration got into hot water for robberies at the WATERGATE hotel. But since then, a person can’t skip out on a parking meter without having a “gate” thrown at them. Wiki has a whole list of “gates” from Fajitagate to Travelgate. Unless a scandal involves an actual damned “gate”, can we just toss this little habit in the crapper?
And how about “drinking the Kool Aid?” The reference to the 1978 mass suicides at Jonestown is clear–anyone who has “drank the Kool-Aid” is being brainwashed, led astray, or fallen under the spell of something, and the connotation is that it’s something sinister. But it’s just become so overused. People are accused of drinking the Kool-Aid of politicians, brand names, websites, diet trends, you name it. When I hear Kool Aid all I want to think about is this guy:
But this cultural c0lon cleansing isn’t over yet…oh no! One of the gossip blogs I read has, for months now, called for an end to the overused habit of going “over the moon!” People are over the moon in love, over the moon for movies, CDs, babies, dogs, shoes…you name it. Unless you’re on a damned space ship, please don’t tell us you are over the moon!
But our cultural bowels will not be clear until we also drop the “Get R Done” turd. While we are at it, let’s drop “here’s your sign”, “you might be a *insert something here*”, or anything else that has it’s origins on the Blue Collar Comedy tour. Look, those guys are funny…and their catch phrases might have been hilarious ten years ago, but “Get R Done” is DONE! Pull off the bumper stickers, toss the t-shirts, and for the love of Webster’s dictionary, don’t say it!
I know this list is nowhere near comprehensive, but getting rid of these phrases would have me over the moon! It would at least be a start on clearing up this Vocabularygate mess…and I urge each of you not to drink this cultural Kool Aid. With your help, we can get r done!