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Twitter clichés

September 27, 2020

I am considering coming off Twitter. It is not just the bad temper, the snark, spite, sarcasm and unreasonableness of so much of the discourse, nor is it the constant bragging and self-promotion, nor the inexhaustible supply of feeble quips and limp witticisms (though each of those things is quite bad enough, alone, to justify turning one’s back on the whole shitshow). The thing that is currently grating on me most is Twitter’s love of cliché.

“This.”

“I’ll wait.”

“It’s almost as if…”

“If only there was some way of…”

These are all home-grown clichés – that is, they originated on Twitter and you seldom see them elsewhere – and they’re always trotted out with a sickeningly self-congratulatory air. Although all of recent coinage, they feel worn and tarnished; they have passed through too many hands. I don’t understand it. Personally when I notice a phrase is over-used I make a conscious decision not to use it. But it seems many people take the opposite approach: if everyone else is saying it, better join in.

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4 Comments
  1. Simon Carter permalink

    The expression which grates in me is “Oh, my days”. I’m not sure why I find it so irritating; presumably it evolved from the older “My life” which didn’t get anywhere as near my goat.

  2. I think I could live quite happily without seeing ‘Hold my beer’ ever again.

  3. Simon Carter permalink

    Yes, hold my beer got old quickly. As did got old quickly.

  4. I don’t think I have ever noticed ‘Hold my beer’. Not sorry to have missed it, though.

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