The Epic A to Z Guide of Expressions That Should Be Retired From the Internet (and IRL)
There are times in the great big blogoverse in which we are faced with the fact that certain things we have been doing are somewhat or hugely annoying. Upon that discovery, we generally continue to do those things, but with a nagging feeling of guilt and self-doubt that only continues to grow in intensity until we can't stand it any longer and throw up our hands and shout, "Make it stop!" And then, we blame everyone else, because they made us do it.
In a similar vein, and because it's Monday, here is a hand-crafted artisanal guide of commonly used words and phrases that we can take no longer, whether online or outside the confines of an internet connection. Mostly we hate them because they are overused, lazy, cliched, boring, deplorably cutesy, or could be better put another way. Other times we hate them because, well, frankly, haters gonna hate. Read on, after the jump.
Numbers and symbols
<3, or, as we call it at VV HQ: "less than three"
# (jokey use of hashtags)
!!!, !!!!, !!!!!
:), ;), :(, :P
crowdsourcing, as in "We crowdsourced this listicle."
curated "We curated it, too!"
"Dear _________ please stop __________ sincerely _______"
d00dz (what the fuck is this, even? Oh.)
e-____ (e-anything as a cutesy way of saying it is online is simply horrid. Horrid.)
fail, epic; a/k/a EPIC FAIL
fuck you, you fuckin' fuck
"go viral" (yuck)
haters gonna hate
humble brag (Fact: the humble brag simply functions as a braggier, inside-baseball version of the traditional brag. Avoid it at all costs.)
I can haz _____
I haz a ____
jam, as in "this is my jam"