I spend an inordinate amount of time reading and writing and thinking about words, why they’re used, how they’re used; how sentences are structured, what human motivations are behind those structures, and what human motivations are behind the assumptions we make about language. That all being said, there are an awful lot of words that have sort of died and become useless, and I’d like to just remove them from popular usage. Here they are, and why. Keep reading »
Every technological and social revolution creates new behaviors and new relationships … and the need for new terminology to describe them. The progress and innovation in our virtual world is moving so fast yet, sadly, our language has not been able to keep up—AT ALL. Slowly, we’ve added words like “unfriend,” “hashtag” and — just this year — “sexting” to our dictionary, but those hardly cover the extent of our kooky cyber behaviors. Click on for a complete lexicon that covers our souped-up, super-techno culture.
Mall retailer Express was really cutting edge in ’90s, so much so that it created a special “slang” guide for its employees, (presumably) so they could fluently converse with any and all manner of customer. But given that this manual was created in the late ’90s, during the era of “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and party rap, there are a lot of ridiculous entries in this list.
Of course, a lot of these terms are still in use — and are actually in the dictionary. Still, it’s funny to see corporate culture try and adapt to the streets. Some definitions, after the jump! Keep reading »