As readers of this blog know, buzzwords really get on my nerves. Luckily, buzzwords fall out of favor after a year or so; unluckily, they are replaced by other annoying buzzwords. Here is a sampling of current irritants:
If you are “woke,” you are aware and likely sympathetic regarding a current issue. It is commonly used to describe a man who is a feminist. Ex: “He is so woke!”
Here’s another irritating one. As Brian Sullivan of CNBC points out, “Curating used to be a word we only used in museums. Somewhere in the last year ‘curate’ has morphed into a word people are using anytime they pick something and want to sound like it’s more than just picking something.” As long ago as 2012, Scott Simon of NPR wrote, “How do I love thee? Let me curate the ways…”
Formerly applied to situations involving suitcases, to “unpack” has come to mean to examine in detail. Ex: “We really need to unpack this concept before we pursue the idea further.”
There is a lot of talk about tribes on cable news. It does not refer to Native Americans or residents of African countries. In its largest sense, it seems to refer to Democrats and Republicans. If you “unpack” it further, it can include Tea Partiers, Bernie followers, Elites, Never Trumpers, blah blah blah.
Recently someone thanked me for “reaching out” to him. I had either called him or sent an e-mail. I had reached out as far as my phone or my keyboard. I put “reach out” in the same category as “sharing” (i.e., conversing).
If you are one of my tribe, you are woke to the fact that I curate my weekly blogs so that when I reach out to my readers, I write in such a way that these little essays are easy to unpack.