On Words

I really don’t like the word “fanboy” (or “fanboi” if you’re über-133t). Or rather, perhaps I just don’t like the context it’s used in – it’s merely an excuse not to listen to the other side of the argument, ironically used by those to whom the term is most applicable. I think we, the internet, should have a family meeting and decide not to use it.

Is it just me, or when you learn a new word do you suddenly notice it everywhere? For instance, one of my latest (and most loved) acquisitions to my internal lexicon is “portmanteau”. Currently I’m seeing it everywhere, from Wikipedia (yes, I do go there sometimes; no, I don’t think it’s very reliable) to print articles.

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