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Nipping in the bud

I'm not usually one who gets annoyed at neologisms or new words. I don't froth at the mouth every time someone says 'blog'. It seems like a reasonable word to me. Even borrowed words like schadenfreude seem to me to have their uses.

So it sort of surprises me when the latest hip word of the second, 'wunderkammer' grates on me hideously.

No, I'm serious. No more of that one. Kill it before it spreads any farther. It's a really annoying and linguistically silly word. By the time it hit boingboing.net, it was already too overused.

It's over. Go home now.

Why are you still watching this?</ferris>

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tilton
Jan. 3rd, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
I have to say, I've never heard the word "wunderkammer" before, and I don't know what it means! I am "lame" (meaning "behind the times"), apparently. :(
cjthomas
Jan. 3rd, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
Same here, so I googled it (after dictionary and wikipedia failed). It apparently translates to "Wonder Chamber", and as far as I can tell, refers to any collection of cool stuff that's put online, in this context.

Could be misunderstanding, as I only spent 5 minutes on the research }:>.

-Deuce
revar
Jan. 3rd, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
This is more or less the correct meaning. I've now heard this term used exactly three times (outside of this meta-discussion), and that was three times too many.
shatterstripes
Jan. 3rd, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
Go here for a rundown on 'wunderkammer' and WAY too many links to it in the hip new context.

I loathe the word already.

(sorry for the repost - wrong link the first time.)
cjthomas
Jan. 3rd, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
"Irregardless".
My pet peeve is "Irregardless", mostly because someone with authority over me keeps using it. It isn't a word, and if it was, it would mean the opposite of what people use it for! Aigh!. =>.<=

This same person says "prime number" when he means "power of two" when talking about making tournament tree sheets. He's done this two years running, so I'm going to have to think harder to find a tactful way of making him aware of the error =o.o=.

My other peeve is abused apostrophes, but Bob the Angry Flower has already given that rant more effectively than I ever could =^.^=.

-Deuce
doodlesthegreat
Jan. 3rd, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
Like others here, I'd never heard the term. But now that I am aware of it, i shall make a point of ignoring it with great predjudice.
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