17.5.13

Please Stop "This."

I think it started a few weeks ago, but now everyone on my Facebook page and everyone I follow on Twitter is saying "This." and then including a link or pointing to a previous comment they agree with. I don't understand anything about this phenomenon. I know coming up with a pithy entry on every link you post isn't easy. Well, I mean, it's easy, but I can see why folks would get tired of so...much...thinking...

But for Pete's sake, come up with something. Just has to be a one-liner. Or a word! Just pick a random word. It doesn't even have to be associated. If you've written a post about gondolas, use the word "nectarine." I don't care. Anything is more clever than "This."

"This." may have been clever at some point, but that ship has sailed, and it's time to get in those lifeboats and row back to shore. If other people want to stay on the "This." ship, let them, because soon they'll realize all the lifeboats are gone and they're adrift and the food is low and scurvy is a very real possibility.

Other common lexicon items that annoy me to no end.

Too many ellipses. Just use three. Three is the proper amount.

- Ending sentences with "...said no one ever".

- Having your Twitter profile consist entirely of single words followed by periods. "Husband. Father. Sculptor. Friend. Lover. Minor league baseball player." FACT: 98% of youth pastors have profiles like this.

- Adding "lol" to the end of your joke. We all laugh at our own jokes sometimes. But don't tell me about it via electronic media.

- Beginning a sentence with "Honestly/Truthfully/I'm not gonna lie..." Are you lying the rest of the time? Have I been that naive?

I'll crawl back into my hole now.

16 comments:

  1. And sometimes there is the double-whammy: 'just this.' Its a mad world.

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  2. And. Phrases. Entered. Word. By. Word. With. Periods. Between. For. Emphasis. The phrase often being in the form of "Best. [Whatever]. Ever."

    And that moment when...well, you know.

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    1. Oh, preach. PREACH. "That moment..." is even worse than "This."

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  3. Not positive, but pretty sure it is from Reddit, or at least, a lot of Redditors like to use it. And yes, completely annoying. Completely. Annoying.

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  4. Oh, and #hashtagsthatnoonewouldeverusetolookthingsup

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    1. LOL. Biggest. Annoyance. Ever. I find myself reading the hashtags and wanting to not be friends with people because they seem so narcissistic.

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  5. Jordan, I'm with ya, but I would amend the one where you gave us this example: ""Husband. Father. Sculptor. Friend. Lover."

    When someone has a list like that, it's annoying, to be sure, but when one of the items in the list is "Thinker.", it's just a little bit worse. Because it carries the implication that the rest of us aren't thinkers.

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  6. "I love it when people say 'said no one ever'"--said no one ever.

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  7. Or don't come up with anything and let the link or quote speak for itself. The compulsion to add a pithy phrase, "this", or whatever every single time someone shares something feels too much like trying to get the last word in. Just share what you think is interesting. If you don't have anything to add to it, then don't.

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  8. I get tired, very tired, of vague, ambiguous posts, like THIS: "Sometimes you just have to let it all go." Then the person never replies to questions about it, either.

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    1. They're talking about bad gas. I'm guessing.

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  9. My biggest social media pet peeve right now is when people start a post with, "Guys?" followed by either, "This." or a link.

    It seems like the social media equivalent of being wanting to have big eyes and a cute smile. As if we didn't think that you were addressing the general public anyway, NOW we're going to pay attention.

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  10. Also "so that's how my day is" after someone talks about some quirky, cute or annoying thing. I mean, I share plenty of the things happening in my day but I figure that people assume I'm talking about my day and don't need me to add "so that's how my day is".

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  11. I almost don't like you for writing this because I'm so annoyed by all of it.

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