Where This Meets That
Some buzzwords just grate on my nerves like aluminum foil on dental fillings. Since it seems like I’ve been hearing them with increased frequency this summer, it’s time I fought back with the keystrokes of my Friday Five.
1) “Redonkulous” – This is the actually the one that triggered me to think up this topic. One of my colleagues used this word on a conference call, not even trying to be cute or witty . . . he just threw it out there. This buzzword is probably the most abrasive to me of all on this list. At least the rest have some level of legitimate wit to them. But “donk”? Really? I never even understood what exactly “redonkulous” meant until I heard it used in a professional setting; talk about a case-in-point!
2) “Stay-cation” – This one was cute for a while. Kinda. Basically, it describes extended time off work that’s spent locally, as opposed to taking a road trip. This buzzword first caught fire back when Bush was being “misunderestimated” as “the Decider” and the economy was in the tank, forcing people to stay close to home for vacations. What’s that? It’s still in the tank? Hmmm, I guess at some point we just told the government to “keep the ‘Change'”.
But I digress . . .
3) “Vacay” – Oddly, when people who started spending their vacations “staying,” those who continued “going” on vacations stopped going on “vacations” and instead started taking “vacays.” As in, short for “vacations.” Get it? Because that third syllable is clearly too cumbersome to quibble with when you’re busy packing your bags.
4) “Chillaxin” – Regardless of whether you’re “stay-cating” or “vacaying,” this is what you hope to be doing. It’s derived by deftly combining “chillin'” and “relaxing”, both of which mean the same thing and are equally sufficient on their own. Substituting a third, contrived word for two interchangeable words seems grossly self-defeating.
5) “Ginormous” – Similar idea here. Since “gigantic” and “enormous” mean exactly the same thing, why not combine the two to create a super-hybrid that means, well, exactly the same thing! Sigmund Freud hypothesized that that people who constantly need to make things bigger for the sake of simply making them bigger are driven by a deeper motivation, so we’ll hold tight on judging this one.
Have a great weekend everyone, and check out other Friday Fives if you have a chance!