Posted by: episystechpubs | January 2, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I am pleased to welcome everyone back and to thank all of you new subscribers to Editor’s Corner! We’re off to a great start.

The other day we had a look at some of 2012’s most overused terms, but I have to say that this list from The Atlantic Wire (www.theatlanticwire.com) is a bit more entertaining. I’ve selected a few items from what their contributors call “An A-to-Z Guide to 2012’s Worst Words.”

Note: Most of my commentary is in blue, often marked with a KC (my initials, not Kentucky Chicken or Karaoke Cafe). Information from outside resources is labeled, contains a reference, and I generally keep it in black font.

· Baby Bump. Horrid compound noun. [This term…] manages to be both infantilizing and depersonalizing to both baby bump and baby carrier. It’s not a bump; that human woman is pregnant.

· Epic. Adjective. Unless you’re describing The Iliad or The Odyssey (and in a high school or college English class), choose anew, friends. Don’t make me say this again in 2013.

· Fiscal Cliff. Noun. Our Dashiell Bennett says, "The fiscal cliff is the worst kind of jargon because it’s both inaccurate and unhelpful. America’s economy won’t suddenly plummet to the bottom of a crevasse on January 1, and even if it were going to, an imaginary rock formation doesn’t teach anyone about how budgets are made. [KC – This gets my vote. I think I’ll stick with Netflix so I don’t have to hear it anymore.]

· Hehehe. The way a serial killer chuckles. This is a particular spelling of laughter which I personally cannot stand, mostly because it is so very creepy.

· Meggings. Noun. These are "men’s tights" and worse than men wearing tights (let ’em wear what they like, we say!) is the horrifying proliferation of the word meggings to describe tights worn by men. One small up-side is that meggings make jeggings sound rather lovely, actually. [KC – I’m all for men in tights!]

· Ping. Verb.Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle despises this word, saying "I hate ping because it means the exact same thing as contact. There’s no difference between ping and contact. But when we say ping, we can pretend like we’re in a scene from The Social Network, when in fact we’re just regular idiots like everyone else. It’s also too ambiguous—if someone asks me to ping them, do I text, call, ring a bell in their face? I hate ambiguity in language." Do not ping me. Do not dare.

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor


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