cataloging words and phrases that seem to pop up everywhere all of a sudden

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like all of a sudden I notice 'moving/shifting the goalposts' everywhere on ILX (I use it too!)

and 'muscular' seems to be popular lately, like 'that piece of writing is really muscular' or 'obama's gun control policy needs to be more muscular'

dayo, Thursday, 24 March 2011 00:16 (eleven years ago) link

ya

kid 606: the nultness (nakhchivan), Thursday, 24 March 2011 00:19 (eleven years ago) link

validated by googles

dayo, Thursday, 24 March 2011 00:35 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.google.co.uk/trends?q=goalposts&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0

dayo, Thursday, 24 March 2011 00:35 (eleven years ago) link

this is kinda a revive of muscular xtianity / muskeljudentum

muscular islam too.....

kid 606: the nultness (nakhchivan), Thursday, 24 March 2011 00:37 (eleven years ago) link

probably has inside info about peak oil

dayo, Thursday, 24 March 2011 00:38 (eleven years ago) link

err wrong thread

dayo, Thursday, 24 March 2011 00:38 (eleven years ago) link

there's a term for this, where you notice a phrase you're not familiar with popping up everywhere all of a sudden - can't for the life of me remember the name though. aaaargh!

lacan't (haitch), Thursday, 24 March 2011 00:46 (eleven years ago) link

confirmation bias?

sweet joni from saskatooooon (get bent), Thursday, 24 March 2011 00:47 (eleven years ago) link

Fig leaf
Boots on the ground

Alba, Thursday, 24 March 2011 09:36 (eleven years ago) link

Moving the goalposts is an old one D! One of those horrid corpspeak things, but we've other threads for all that.

Ive noticed a few food writers using "jumble" a lot lately, like "a jumble of salad glistening with oil" and something about that word turns my stomach.

Borads of Candida (Trayce), Thursday, 24 March 2011 09:40 (eleven years ago) link

there's a term for this, where you notice a phrase you're not familiar with popping up everywhere all of a sudden - can't for the life of me remember the name though. aaaargh!

recency illusion

ledge, Thursday, 24 March 2011 09:55 (eleven years ago) link

"tilting at windmills"

did you notice "you spin me round" was playing in the background? (snoball), Thursday, 24 March 2011 10:03 (eleven years ago) link

"confirmation bias"

Alba, Thursday, 24 March 2011 10:10 (eleven years ago) link

shit i randomly used "fig leaf" the other day

nothing striking me recently but there was a period last year when everyone started saying "storied", made me feel insane

r|t|c, Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:26 (eleven years ago) link

can't go anywhere on ilm these days without something "coding" as something, not really what the thread's about tho

r|t|c, Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:30 (eleven years ago) link

coding works! also 'unpacking'

dayo, Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:45 (eleven years ago) link

cognitive dissonance, sometimes

disconnect, sometimes (I no like)

all options are on the table

cascade (verb) occasionally

the pinefox, Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:47 (eleven years ago) link

I think I used the term "muscular urgency" the other day in a review. Didn't know it was trending.

You killed my accountant... now YOU must be my accountant (dog latin), Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:48 (eleven years ago) link

phrases in wartime also include things like

we're going in

if we go in hard

stand idly by

air superiority has been achieved

we need to know what the endgame is

the pinefox, Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:49 (eleven years ago) link

remember when everybody on ilx was 'strawmanning' each other

dayo, Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:52 (eleven years ago) link

"if we go in hard"

blame ke$ha for this more than cameron

BIG GERTRUDE aka the steindriver (history mayne), Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:56 (eleven years ago) link

on the slang tip i've been catching friends saying "yeahno" quite a bit, in many different usages. there's a vague urbandictionary entry:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=yeahno

City of Jorts (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:59 (eleven years ago) link

haha officially i can't stand "disconnect" either but it does have a kind of idiot flourish about it that i've succumbed to on occasion

r|t|c, Thursday, 24 March 2011 12:12 (eleven years ago) link

never said "yeahno" like it's a particular thing but "yeah, no -" as a prefix in conversation all the sodding time. bad tic

r|t|c, Thursday, 24 March 2011 12:15 (eleven years ago) link

'yeah-nah' is de rigueur here, it just means no

avant garde a clue (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 27 March 2011 10:08 (eleven years ago) link

I dunno I only ever hear "yeahnah" spoken, not typed out. Its one of those tossed off annoying things like "and like", "and she goes". Ugh. UGH.

Borads of Candida (Trayce), Sunday, 27 March 2011 10:13 (eleven years ago) link

"And she goes like, you know? Yeah nah, she goes like, you know, mental man it was like, yanno? Yeah nah it was wicked"

Borads of Candida (Trayce), Sunday, 27 March 2011 10:14 (eleven years ago) link

"root and branch" is probably quite old but i feel it's around a lot lately.

Ask Nult What Your Country Can Do For You (Local Garda), Sunday, 27 March 2011 10:14 (eleven years ago) link

'yeah... oh yeah nah... look yeah nah i'm all right'

avant garde a clue (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 27 March 2011 10:16 (eleven years ago) link

agricultural, maybe specific to ILF

'codes as'

frogbsclovetofu (cozen), Sunday, 27 March 2011 10:32 (eleven years ago) link

Already popped up on this thread:

can't go anywhere on ilm these days without something "coding" as something, not really what the thread's about tho

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Alba, Sunday, 27 March 2011 11:05 (eleven years ago) link

I've been hearing "due diligence" a lot lately.

jaymc, Sunday, 27 March 2011 14:04 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

have gotten good and sick of seeing "imperial" on ILM

lilsoulbrotherlovesdubplatestyle (some dude), Sunday, 8 May 2011 01:20 (eleven years ago) link

I mentioned this on another thread, but I *hate* the thing from the last few years where people eliminate the word "the" before saying "dude," as in "Dude has been playing chillwave since before there was a name for it" or "dude was crazy before the ice cream tattoo" or whatever. It staryed showing up here last year-ish and now it's seemingly a given.

Walter Galt, Sunday, 8 May 2011 01:34 (eleven years ago) link

that's the proper usage of 'dude' iirc

lilsoulbrotherlovesdubplatestyle (some dude), Sunday, 8 May 2011 01:40 (eleven years ago) link

that is not a last few years thing. that is a since dudes been talking baout dudes thing.

j., Sunday, 8 May 2011 01:49 (eleven years ago) link

that usage seems to be all over p4k rap reviews xp

a board in which there is lively and fuiud debate? (dayo), Sunday, 8 May 2011 01:52 (eleven years ago) link

Dayo's nailed it - it's a total "goons" thread phenomenon

Walter Galt, Sunday, 8 May 2011 10:26 (eleven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

knock it off with the "first world problems" already

r|t|c, Monday, 30 May 2011 12:45 (eleven years ago) link

^^

rolling in the mde (some dude), Monday, 30 May 2011 15:03 (eleven years ago) link

nine months pass...

http://i.imgur.com/CgBGk.png

flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, 18 March 2012 15:13 (ten years ago) link

Tumblr whites have been saying "the law of diminishing returns" like crazy in the last few months because it was on a <i>Community</i> episode

flag post sitta (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 18 March 2012 15:29 (ten years ago) link

I sure wish you never invented, and constantly employed, that stupid phrase "Tumblr whites."

Marilyn Hagerty: the terroir of tiny town (Abbbottt), Sunday, 18 March 2012 17:50 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, like "first world problems", it smacks of guilt/self-loathing and says more about the utterer than the "issue" it's meant to describe.

Soggy Cheeseburgers (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 18 March 2012 17:57 (ten years ago) link

Tumblr ilxors

Mordy, Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:39 (ten years ago) link

Catch phrases have been around since time out of mind. The trick to launching your own is tapping into the zeitgeist and catching a wave of popularity. Then the sky is the limit! With luck and pluck, your newly minted phrase will live long and prosper as a canonical cliche, forever young, and shiny as a new penny.

Aimless, Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:41 (ten years ago) link

"HAT TIP"

what the fuck is a hat tip?

STOP SAYING THIS, PLEASE.

Peace (peaceful) (The Brainwasher), Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:46 (ten years ago) link

A hat tip is used to signal one's satisfaction upon the execution of a hen fap.

Soggy Cheeseburgers (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:54 (ten years ago) link

like you're tipping your hat to someone who showed you something cool/interesting/whatever

Mordy, Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:55 (ten years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/3yuw8.jpg

flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:56 (ten years ago) link

yeah I know what it means

it's just dumb. say "courtesy of" like a normal person.

Peace (peaceful) (The Brainwasher), Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:56 (ten years ago) link

or "shoutout to ______" or ANYTHING BUT "HAT TIP". WHO TIPS THEIR HAT IN 2012?!?

Peace (peaceful) (The Brainwasher), Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:56 (ten years ago) link

I used to say s/o but now I say h/t

flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:57 (ten years ago) link

I think it's just funny imagining people tipping their top hats while using the computer

flagp∞st (dayo), Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:57 (ten years ago) link

WHO TIPS THEIR HAT IN 2012?!?

Gentlemen.

Soggy Cheeseburgers (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:58 (ten years ago) link

this is only british people obviously but "innit" please stop saying this

flopson, Sunday, 18 March 2012 19:17 (ten years ago) link

six months pass...

poors, olds, dumbs

barthes simpson, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:58 (ten years ago) link

"game changer"- very tedious.

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 15:06 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

wheelhouse

r|t|c, Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:21 (nine years ago) link

There was a real "herding cats" thing goin on abt this time last year

DJ Admiral Crackbar - IT'S THE TRAP!!! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:41 (nine years ago) link

My boss is a herding cats fanatic. I'd barely heard it until he started dropping it into almost every third phone conversation.

stain on the nation (qiqing), Thursday, 29 November 2012 20:27 (nine years ago) link

I'm afraid I use this phrase on occasion. It's quite apt, so what ya gonna do?

quincie, Thursday, 29 November 2012 20:29 (nine years ago) link

I don't mind it, but his overuse of the phrase got on my nerves. He has a rotating repertoire of phrases he uses to make himself sound more intelligent/witty.

stain on the nation (qiqing), Thursday, 29 November 2012 20:33 (nine years ago) link

I used "herding cats" twice this week at work. u_u

super perv powder (Phil D.), Thursday, 29 November 2012 20:38 (nine years ago) link

yeah, i heard it too the other day.

make like a steak and beef (dog latin), Friday, 30 November 2012 11:28 (nine years ago) link

i used it unironically last week

炒面kampf (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 30 November 2012 11:36 (nine years ago) link

were you herding some cats?

Neil S, Friday, 30 November 2012 11:40 (nine years ago) link

sure why not

炒面kampf (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 30 November 2012 12:06 (nine years ago) link

was actually herding cats "like herding cats"?

Neil S, Friday, 30 November 2012 12:08 (nine years ago) link

I actually used this in my personal statement for grad school apps. Unironically. But in quotes. I am a horrible human being.

quincie, Friday, 30 November 2012 14:04 (nine years ago) link

seven months pass...

imperial phase

just sayin, Saturday, 13 July 2013 02:08 (nine years ago) link

'Labour's Union Links' is a golf course, right?

MILLIONAIRE KING OF RAPPERS! (Bananaman Begins), Saturday, 13 July 2013 02:31 (nine years ago) link

closed shop sossidge innit

j., Saturday, 13 July 2013 22:24 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

the new normal

乒乓, Tuesday, 30 July 2013 09:56 (nine years ago) link

four months pass...

is it me or has "offer" in that horrible noun usage meaning "the services or goods a company provides" sprung up everywhere in the last 3 or 4 months?

cite gnu answers (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 08:23 (eight years ago) link

"kill (it / them / him /her) with fire" seemed to be popular a few weeks back but thankfully I think it's died down.

a beef supreme (dog latin), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 11:18 (eight years ago) link

Our postgraduate offering is really good.

I can still taste the Taboo in my mouth when I hear those songs (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 13:32 (eight years ago) link

Right-sizing

Sigh

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 13:39 (eight years ago) link

I'd never heard of Right-sizing before!

elegant eyes, aristocrat face, gorgeous hair (soref), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 13:48 (eight years ago) link

amaright-sigh-zing

elegant eyes, aristocrat face, gorgeous hair (soref), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 13:49 (eight years ago) link

Our postgraduate offering is really good

"offering" i could live with but "offer" seems to be the preferred word of the evil

Noodzilla (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 13:53 (eight years ago) link

xpost

you will...you will

it's the latest innovation that allows you to save crucial time and money by not having to say "our thing is not the correct size; we will change the size of the thing"

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 16:46 (eight years ago) link

eight years pass...

One construction I've noticed in different places is along the lines of "fascism happens slowly, then very fast" and "how do you go bankrupt? first slowly, then quickly." Googling the bankruptcy variation, I was pointed to this exchange from Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises:

“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked.

“Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.”

Anyway, I don't know that I'd ever heard this prior to a month ago. I was wondering if anyone else noticed the phrase recently becoming more popular, or is this more a case of me now knowing it and so seeing it everywhere.

peace, man, Monday, 21 November 2022 11:48 (one week ago) link


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