Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Big Words Bad, Gone Soon

"Big words can be tough on relationships. Messy versus neat, early bird versus night owl—add to this list language junkies versus those with a tweet-ready vocabulary. The problems that big words cause are overlooked. Can people who enjoy using big and obscure words, and those who are annoyed by them, get through to each other? Technology is largely to blame for big words' fade out. We are being conditioned to communicate faster and in shorter bursts. There isn't room for big words in a text or a tweet or even a quickly dashed-off email. We're communicating across so many different channels that, by sheer necessity, our language is becoming abbreviated ('R u with me?')."
—We are not all that far away from the time when we communicate solely in GIF form, but until then try to limit yourself to hand gestures and the occasional grunt for emphasis. It is not like you have anything meaningful to say anyway.


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Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

President Camacho approves.

hockeymom (#143)

@Lockheed Ventura As does President Palin.

Smitros (#5,315)


The video was worth watching for the anchor's outfit alone.

@brilliantmistake: College gifter dude's glasses were very bigaposterous.

You know that alt-text should've been "<3 this," right?

ejcsanfran (#489)

A recent object-of-my-affection was unfamiliar with the term "port-wine stain" and thought it was used to insultingly describe the wealthy, i.e. that because they were always hoggishly drinking port, it would invariably result in stains around their mouths and on their clothes.

I was actually sort of impressed with the underlying thought process.

LondonLee (#922)

The WSJ had to explain what 'fastidious' means? Jeeeesus.

KarenUhOh (#19)

"Big words."

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