Friday, July 12, 2013

Overused

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am all for quoting movie lines.  The one thing that drives me up the wall, though, is when people use phrases that have been quoted so many times they just aren't funny anymore.  Monty Python and the Holy Grail has been exhausted.  The Princess Bride has been thoroughly worn out.  And if I hear the line "I will break my foot off in your John Brown hindparts!" (from Remember the Titans) one more time, I WILL BREAK MY FOOT OFF IN YOUR HINDPARTS!  Unless the movie line fits perfectly into your daily conversation, please refrain.

This generation is all about adopting or coining new catchphrases, like "Hot Mess" and "Epic" and "Too Soon," basically words or phrases that make good hashtags on your twitter account (and now, unfortunately, facebook).  While these sayings can be fun to employ in the first two months of their inception, they should die out fairly soon afterward.  You can only say, "Too soon?" so many times before it starts to get old.  If you want to appear trendy through your speech, hop on the bandwagon as soon as it starts rolling and then hop off fast.  Or even better, start your own trend.

I love music.  I can listen to music for hours on end and be content.  But there is a line that is crossed when a song is played too many times.  Remember the song Bad Day?  Remember how it was on every time you got in the car and turned on the radio?  And how even though you kind of liked the song in general you just had to change the station on principle?  Remember how This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) was used in just about every chick-flick known to man from While You Were Sleeping to The Parent Trap to A Cinderella Story?  Remember how you wanted to throw the remote at the screen for ruining such a good song for you?  Remember how the choir kids at your high school took every opportunity possible to sing songs from Wicked (walking down the hallway High School Musical style, at graduation, etc.).  Remember how you were kind of biased against the whole idea of Broadway musicals for a while because of it?  I sure do. 

What overused "items" really annoy you?

1 comment:

Heidi Rothert said...

Yolo. Nuff Said. Ooh and shortening every word known to man. Let me demo this for you. Today when I was having lunch, this bro walks in and is like.. whats the haps yo? You lovin your sam and tates? Ok. I am NOT THAT OLD! But, are we really that lazy "'merca?"