September 19, 2014

Social Media Buzzwords that Annoy and Agitate


Lately there’s been trend of posting a link/image/video/message with one word preceding it: “This”. The point of this is to imply that the message being parlayed is somehow monumental. While innocent in thought it is completely obnoxious in practice. 90%—a stat I made up because YOLO (we’ll get to that one in a bit)—of things that are met with the ‘this’ moniker aren’t monumental which leaves the reader wondering ‘that’ and often can be confusing. Simply stating this doesn’t really indicate if you are against or for what’s being said. This can lead you to having to further explain yourself. Had you just shared your thoughts on the message from the beginning, you’d have communicated your message much more effectively.


Not everything is epic. Frankly, almost everything isn’t epic

To constantly call things epic is destroying the sanctity of the word epic and everything epic stands for. If we repeatedly denote mediocrity with the epic label, epic will just degenerate into average. Below’s list of things that are “epic”:

  • The first Cronut
  • Breaking Bad
  • Drake re-uniting Mase and P.Diddy
  • The addition of meat to desserts

With that list in perspective, was that red velvet cupcake truly epic? Odds are no. It was probably notable, delicious and amazing ..but not epic.


YOLO: Pronounced (YO!-Low) is an acronym that stands for You Only Live Once. It is a term most often used by people before doing something they see as a once in a lifetime, spur of the moment act but more often than not is barely notable. For example: “Trying the new Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell cause YOLO!”.
Yolo was fun, it was new but it became overused way too fast. Using it now is akin to that time your parents learned the terms ‘home girl/boy’. It’s just nails on the chalkboard of cool. RIP YOLO, you lived a young and wild life.

So Much Yes

This is used in response to something you find both awesome and generally agreeable; it is so awesome that instead of just saying “yes!”, you must express so many yeses that just one yes won’t suffice. Pro tip: odds are one yes totally suffices. This single phrase makes your opinion void. It’s the grammatical incorrectness of the sentence that annoys onlookers most. In an era where being grammatically correct is next to godliness, it’s shocking that something this silly is taking off. Just say you like it, what you like about it and why it’s memorable.

Buzzwords come and go: for instance, crunk, radical, tubular, etc.; the goal is to figure out which of them lead to you sounding cool and hip and avoid people calling into question your IQ. If you use any of the above, it’s not too late! Your online cred can still be saved. Just stop now. If you choose to continue well all we can say is SMH.

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Rami Boraie

Rami’s so passionate about making your audience smile, he attained a degree in oral medicine and dental surgery. True story.
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