Made-up statistics suggest that 43% of all Internet communication is the simple recitation and repetition of catchphrases, script snippets and sketches from popular TV programmes. I’m not taking about random usage either – there are specific scenes, phrases, words and even syntactical structures that attain totemic significance. See my previous … Continue reading
Remember my super previous posting “Banned Phrases of 2007”. Well this is exactly the same, but for 2008. DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE? By the way, what I just said? That’s one of them… These are now all officially old news… “Fail.” “I think I just threw up … Continue reading
Ladies and gentlemen, I am a geek. I know this because, sometimes, I visit web forums where people discuss the metaphysics of Doctor Who and the minutiae of Star Trek warp technology. And I actually read them. While hanging out at these murky dens of pedantry the not-a-geek side of … Continue reading
Reading this story from the Daily Star via DigitalSpy, I wondered why I’d never noticed the unfortunate spoonerism at the heart of it before. I mean, now I’ve seen it and read it out loud – several times – it’s like it was always there, staring me in my big … Continue reading
Poor Santa Claus. Still reeling from the ignominy of having Christmas lights renamed “Winter decorations” in some UK towns last year, the gravitationally challenged present deliverer has been instructed to ditch his trademark laugh. Santas in Sydney, Australia now have to say “ha, ha, ha” instead of “ho, ho, ho”… … Continue reading
2,091 web users, polled by British research body YouGov, were asked to cite the Internet generated words and phrases that bug them… 1. Folksonomy2. Blogosphere3. Blog4. Netiquette5. Blook (a book based on a blog)6. Webinar (a web based seminar)7. Vlog8. Social networking9. CookieJoint 10. Wiki, Podcast, Avatar, User-generated content While there … Continue reading
I’m trying to work out the etymology of two phrases that seem to have become common in the blogosphere. If anyone knows where they might come from (TV show? Specific web site? ), then I’d be grateful. They are: * Wow… Just, wow. * Just saying. And, yes, I’m completely serious…
Following my tetchy anti-Buffyism rant earlier this week, I settled down with an as yet unopened season 4 BtVS boxset, only to discover that disc four is missing. It must have disappeared into a hell dimension… I’m pretty sure I’m being punished for my heresy. Really. Ironic much?