Being an unabashed old-timer, acquiring prejudices has became somewhat of a hobby to me. Whenever I go listen to how the kids speak, watch TV or read a magazine and I’d invariably come across a few over-worked phrases or mannerisms that make me want to tear my hair (whats left of it) out!. I imagine that initially these were cool. But when everyone and his brother-in-law starts using them – no doubt to appear cool – they eventually become pretty ‘uncool’. Those who use them indiscriminately start looking like nothing more than uncool Paris Hilton wannabes to me – not that Paris Hilton was ever cool in my books in the first place.
Here are some that I can think of right now:
- “Drop dead gorgeous!”
- “…to die for!”
- “Wazzup?” At least Bug Bunny (who originally made the it famous), pulled it off with some class.
- “I’m soooo not… (going/impressed/doing it)”
- “Kewl!” – Especially when spelt that way
- “Hawt!’ – Especially when spelt that way
- “Loser!” – while forming the alphabet ‘L’ over your forehead
- “DJ (whatever)” – as if the prefix DJ were a badge of honour like ‘chef’, ‘Datuk’ or ‘colonel’
Here’s a typical conversation (incorporating these cliches) that would, some day, make me feel like getting a flame-thrower and flaming every crotch in sight:
Cool person wannabe 1: “Wazzup, homey?”
Cool person wannabe 2: “Kewl!”
Cool person wannabe 1: “Did you see DJ Shag-a-lot last night? He was soooo hawt!”
Cool person wannabe 2: “Yeah! He’s just to die for.”
Cool person wannabe 1: “I overheard him say that he thought you were drop dead gorgeous!”
Cool person wannabe 2: “Did he?” *preening*
Cool person wannabe 1: “Oh… I sooo hate you! I just adore DJ Shag-a-lot, but he sooo doesn’t know I exist!”
Cool person wannabe 2: “Loser!” *forms alphabet ‘L’ over her forehead*
Cool person wannabe 1: “I am sooo not going to be friends with you any more!”
Now, where did I put that flame-thrower?