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Retiring the Most Obnoxious Internet Word or Phrase on Pajiba

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | June 1, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | June 1, 2010 |

Over the weekend, the awesome folks over at Jezebel put together a fun post about The 5 Most Overused Expressions on the Internet, expressions which include DIAF, FAIL, THIS, TL; DR, and “Wow … just wow.” (If some of those make no sense to you, I encourage you to check out the post). I am certainly not above co-opting a good idea when I see one, as long as proper credit is given, so that’s what we’re going to do here.

It’s the summer, which means that — while the movies are bigger and more ‘splosey — they are fewer and far between, and the television schedule doesn’t offer a lot of relief. That probably means a lot more community related posts over the next several months. Because I like you people. A lot. More than I probably should. But it’s our love/hate relationship that gives me a reason to wake up each morning and taunt you.

So, to make these community posts a little more fun, whatever they end up being, I’d like to propose something in the vein of Overused Internet Expressions. I want to retire one. To void it. Block it. Make it go away. There are quite a few that are Pajiba-centric, and maybe some of those you’ve all grown weary of. Or maybe there are other more general Internet expressions that annoy the hell out of you that you’d like to see go away.

So, today, I ask you all to nominate a word or expression (preferably not actual people, as that makes our job harder to write about, though it does often give rise to new and fun nicknames) that you’d like to see banished from Pajiba (and you can’t nominate me, either, because fuck you). I can’t make any express promises about completely eradicating that word or expression — we are very light moderators and our filtering and spam software is not all that great, as that obnoxious fucking fashionbags can attest (as can a certain commenter who has made his return of late, and who is on something of a short leash. Don’t make me upgrade the blocking programs), plus filtering out certain words may encroach upon other words or phrases that are necessary. But where our efforts to weed out that certain word or phrase fail us, shame always works, too (it is shame that has largely kept the “firsts” off of the site, as I’ve noticed you all take a lot of joy in mocking/browbeating the occasional “first” guy).

This post will probably either be largely ignored or turn into an ugly shit-storm. But it’s those ugly shit-storms that bring us together, right? Once a consensus is formed, I’ll announce that word or phrase and we’ll do our damndest to stamp it out. For the children.