Tuesday, November 07, 2006


You've heard of buzzwords? I'd like to talk about buzz-kill words. These are the words, names or phrases that are the equivalent of cognitive white noise: When you see them, your immediate impulse is to nap, avert your eyes, scroll, press the "Back" button, or do anything other than read further. Here are mine of late:

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J.T. Leroy
Privacy Policy
Approved Vendors
Kevin Federline
Bush Press Conference

I would welcome additions to this list, or antidotes.


  1. Anonymous11:44 PM

    Here's mine:

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    Katie Couric
    Domino's Brooklyn-Style Pizza
    CSI: Anywhere
    Federline derivitive, "K-Fed"
    and on, and on...

    Possible antidotes:
    add, "Between the Sheets" to buzz-kill words. IMPORTANT: under no circumstances use this antidote with "Kevin Federline" or "K-Fed" (try instead, "Britney Sex Tape" -- though this is more mitigator, and less antidote.)

    or try this:

    "A [buzz-kill word] says what?" NOTE: with this technique, buzz-kill word must be mumbled so as to elicit a "What?" from your conversation partner.

  2. RSS
    Lance Armstrong
    Dane Cook
    Web 2.0
    Fashion Essentials

    I must shamefully admit that I actually find K-Fed fascinating. Just an incredible little mammal.

  3. Anonymous11:26 AM

    - NBA playoff picks
    - Teen angst coming out of a 30-something's well-fed pie hole, especially mine

    Anti Buzzkill:
    - inappropriate comments are the best buzzkill espcially at work
    - "I know a one-eyed whore in [wherever Charlie D. Cubicle is bragging about going]. You should look her up."
    - "Do you thing this banana looks like a big yellow shlong?"

  4. Wow, these are some GOOD ones. I don't even know what Netroots is but I already don't want to.

  5. Anonymous7:43 PM

    netroots are the folks that helped win the election. fuck adam nagourney and rahm emanual. well, rahm emanual helped too....

  6. I have a new one today: Borat.


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