Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Is Literally the New Ironic?

t must have been a least partially embarrassing for Alanis Morrisette to write a song about irony only to find out she used the word incorrectly. At the time, I thought she was responsible for starting a fad of people wanting to use the word ironic without knowing what it meant. The word ironic was like the "must have" handbag or the "must see" movie of the summer.

For example I would hear people say something like "isn't ironic that he is a chef and his last name is Cook?" No that's called a coincidence. It would ironic if his last name was Butcher and he was a vegetarian.

I heard Alanis Morrisette had a new album out and I wonder if there is a song called Literally. I keep hearing people say "literally" in improper ways like "it literally took four hours to get here."

You see the word "literal" implies that there was a figurative way of putting said statement. What is the figurative meaning of four hours?

Simply put, you can say it's literally raining it's cats and dogs if cats and dogs are actually falling out of the sky.

I guess I shouldn't complain. Maybe I'm just getting old. I hear the young kids using the word "epic" to describe anything from a beer to their mother's tuna casserole. Who am I to bitch about this when my generation did the same with "awesome?" My mult-colored Converse All-Stars are awesome!!! Radical was used to describe BMX bikes.

Ahh... the ever changing English language. Maybe "epic" is the new "awesome." It will be interesting to see what word will be misused ten years from now.

Dude, have you had the margaritas at Jose Rico's? They're totally perpendicular!!!

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