Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Other terms to ban
African-American leaders have requested that the N-word be excised from entertainment -- a worthy goal. (Given some of the responses to Brooke Anderson's post, I wish them luck.)

But why stop there? I'd like to request that the following terms be banned from the entertainment media (publicists and hipsters, you're on your own):
  • BFF. When did the entertainment press turn into a 10-year-old girl squealing over a stack of Tiger Beats, even ironically? Ditch this term. Kill it. It shouldn't even be used by 10-year-old girls.
  • Hottie. "Hot," the adjective, fine. "Hottie," the noun, sounds like something you find in a compost heap. Let's leave it there.
  • Blow up (as in "Justin Timberlake's new single is really blowing up"). Funny: it used to be "blowing up" was a bad thing -- destruction, anger, messiness. Now it's synonymous with the first sign of increased sales or popularity. It's an explosion of success. What a disgusting metaphor.
  • Drop (as in "The record drops on Tuesday"). I have mixed feelings about this one, because it reminds my aged brain of a phonograph needle falling into a groove, or a thick spindle releasing a 45-rpm single from a stack. (You young 'uns can look it up.) But that's all the more reason to let it go. When's the last time someone used "groovy"?
23-skidoo, all you cats and kittens.
I agree completely agree. How about "blog", "Tomkat" & "Brangelina"
Does anyone really care what they did for Thanksgiving?
There are a few other terms that need to be shed from the American vocabulary.

Hit me back or hit me up - Since when do you want someone one to assault you? Why not just say "Hey give me a call."

Holla - I'm not really sure what this means but I know it's annoying.

There's also quite a phenomena in the press that when a celebrity couple starts dating they're instantly getting married and she's longing for a baby. How about let the celebrities be like everyone else and get to know each other before you have them going down the aisle and popping out babies?

Just a thought...
Add "bling" to the list. Please.
Excellent suggestions. I'll throw in "baby bump," too.
Please, can we stop calling women b*tches and hos? We're just women. Or ladies. It's amazing to me that fully half of our human population is denigrated in this way, and it's somehow acceptable in popular culture.
Why?
I agree that some terms are annoying, but I think that those annoying words, like "drop," "BFF," or even "bling" can't even come close to the hurtful nature of racial slurs. The hate, anger, and discrimination that comes with the use of racial slurs is something totally different, and much more serious and important an issue, that merely annoying words and phrases in our language. No one is being offended or discriminated against when the term "hot" is used; that is not the case with racial slurs. I think it's ridiculous that people would group such meaningless, media-driven language together with some of the most hurtful words a human can use to another human.
May I suggest the term "presser", for press conference, also be deleted. I imagine is was coined by some self-proclaimed "hottie" press agent who's too busy for all those two extra syllables. To me, a "presser" is a person standing over a ironing table.
more to add:
"the bomb"
"TMI" (in place of "too much information")
"Badonkadonk"
"Buh-bye"
Kristi from Hamilton, NY - thanks for killing a perfectly light and humorous article. Todd Leopold wasn't suggesting that BFF or Hottie was more offensive than a racial slur. Lighten up. Geez.
add these please:

snap: as in "oh snap" from "that's so raven"

baby daddy/momma

bounce: as in "let's bounce"

pimpin'

boo: as in "my boo"

i gotta stop or else i can go on forever.
i almost forgot!

ban people from TyPiNg LiKe ThIs and using half ass words like "wen i wuz at skool...dat's kewl..mah gurls...etc..
The term that drives me insane, like nails on a chalkboard is 'my bad'. If we could drop that from all conversations, commentaries, the english language would be better off.
I happen to agree with Kristi from Hamilton, NY. It would be nice to delete all malicious racial and gender epitaths and slurs! Maybe we could replenish the lexicon of Pop culture with words like: Awesome, Amazing and Excellent. But...since we're focusing on deleting things - Please add the word "Geez"!
"Oh no you di-int!" For the love of God, the next person who says this is going to get a punch in the neck.
I don't read much entertainment news; most likely because I don't care for the all the other words mentioned.

However, the term I could most do without would be "collateral damage". I think if we replaced it with the original words - "killed people" - it could perhaps shock people, horrify them or even - gasp - get them to do something to change it.
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