Gag Reflex

LOOK

“Look”  I am picking up an increasing  use of this intro word when people are answering a question, especially finance types.  “Look . . . “ followed by answer. Imperative and arrogant. Call me paranoiac, curmudgeon, misanthrope, or all three,...

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PHONY BEDHEAD

What about Boris Johnsons’ fake hairdo?  

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Luminous? Not really…

Everyone, everything— in movie and music reviews especially— is suddenly “luminous.”  But so much light gets to be blinding, so that we lose our sense of direction—and critical judgment.  

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Word of the Year? aka Existential Revisited Pt 2

Word Of The Year! Well, no sooner than i post the previous one, I see on my building's "elevator news" that Dictionary.com has chosen "existential" as its Word Of The Year for 2019!  Say no more.  I will be trying...

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Existential. I said it before…

Why do I have to say it again?  In a previous post, I already had to gag about this word: Everyone’s using it now along with the word “threat,” i.e. Existential Threat, a threat to the existence of something or...

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Doesn’t make me gag any less…

Gag. Reiterate. Fancy-sounding word for ""Repeat."

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Forever? Are you sure about that?

Forever. Everything now seems to be changing something “forever.” Of course it has. It’s always been true. Needless, repetitive to create false drama and significance. And now a cliche as well.

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Site-Specific.

Site-specific. When referring to dance, theater, etc. All the world is not a stage.  Will was wrong on that one. Give me the proscenium arch every time. (Yes, a dullard, I know--unimaginative etc.  But i embrace it.)

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Buy a thesaurus. And while you’re at it, grab a dictionary too.

Agent/Agency.  It's everywhere now, suggesting some form of liberation.  How did a word that means "acting for another" come to replace the word "empowerment"?  

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Existential. Stop It.

Existential.  Everyone's using it now along with the word "threat," i.e. Existential Threat, a threat to the existence of something or other.  Let's make sure not to confuse it with Existentialism, which grapples with the issue of individual human responsibility,...

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