Word of the Quarter
Every now and then I notice a massive uptick in the gross incidents of a certain word or terminology -- suddenly seeing it used dramatically more frequently than seen previously without a change in the general context or level of discussion to warrant it. This is not to indicate that the use is incorrect, or that the word isn't valuable or helpful to clarity, but rather that it's interesting seeing the wildfire effect of some elements of linguistics.
There are sites that monitor these "word bursts" in order to detect new "hot" trends coming up.
Orthogonal's coming back? I used to like that word until it got overused about 10 years ago to the point where I wouldn't use it anymore since it was starting to get used for things it doesn't mean.
I've seen it used on here probably 10 times in the past two weeks, and it has absolutely skyrocketed in popularity on Slashdot, as well as several blogs -- I think a couple of people used it in context, some people hit dictionary.com, and suddenly it became a "must be interjected" word.
My vote goes for the over use of the word "broken".
"Plastics, Benjamin, plastics".
Mitch & Murray (from downtown)
Matthew - I think people use "broken" to indicate that in their opinion, it's something that cannot be repaired in place.
Rather too often for comfort, I have been on airplanes, that like IPv4 do not have any spare seats/addresses.
I agree with "broken" -- "I don't understand this GUI so it's broken", "I get spam in my mailbox so email is broken", blah blah blah.
Geeks use "borken" or "borked" instead of "broken", hence "broken" is considered available for redefinition however it may seem convenient. :p
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