Because I’m a total curmudgeon, this will now be weekly feature in which I rail on modern language and the destruction thereof. In a recent blog post, our Queen of all things reading related, Dana Barrett, used the expressions “…your book club besties.” Now I am no old fuddy-duddy or anything of the sort (although I certainly fall in the Harold Bloom canonical works category than Oprah kitsch pick of the month category), but is this a commonly used term? You would think, considering that I am still ID’d at rated R films, forget about liquor stores, that I would be more in touch with such vernacular.
I sauntered over to the wasteland of casual verbiage that is Urban Dictionary to find this:
[I’m not even going to touch “totes,” that curious mixture of hipster/Hilton speak that I can’t get away from in SF]. Now mind you I understand the concept–contextually it’s fairly easy to glean–but does anyone else think “beasties” when they see that? Is this one of those things that just works better in voice than in writing?