Bad Lingo: Blog-Media ClichÃ©s – Gawker:
Quick reference card-style summary:
- Best ___ Ev[e|a]r.
- ____, not so much.
- (various ZOMGish abbreviations)
- “I just threw up a little in my mouth”
- ____, yo.
- ____. Oy.
- ____. Seriously? Seriously?
- What’s next? _____?
- I’m looking at you, ____.
- Um, ____?
- ____, wait for it, ____.
- ____ made my ____ bleed.
- ____-y goodness.
- ____ is the new ____.
I’m curious where some of these come from. The “___, not so much” I remember hearing first many years ago in, of all places, a Gilbert Gottfried routine. “Worst __ ever” is of course Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Simpsons is the origin of the ___y goodness one either, and maybe some more. I seem to remember “wait for it” from Monty Python. Some of course are too trivial to trace to a particular locus.
There’s clichÃ© and there’s slang, of course. They’re not the same thing. When you use a clichÃ© you are saying something unoriginal where something original might be expected. When you use slang, you are saying something unoriginal purposefully. Slang to one person might be clichÃ© to the next. There’s also purposeful ironic appropriation of slang, which when done too often becomes clichÃ©…
There’s a lot of nuance to the phenomenon of repeated bits of purported cleverness….yo.