Good news! The most overused word of 2013 is clearly in decline. Epic became synonymous with dudebro culture thanks to web phenomena like Epic Meal Time and epic fail, leading marketers to pounce on the word in hopes of reaching the demographic. That explains why CNN has it twice on their front page this morning, like a dad trying to connect with his son.
Epic hit its apex with the 2013 3D animated children's film Epic. Children's animation and a theme song by the film's Forest Queen Beyoncé was apparently too much for the word's dudebro street cred, and the word's stock started its precipitous decline. CNN hasn't gotten the memo just yet, as they currently have two articles with "epic" headlines: one on ebola hysteria, which they accurately describe as an "epic, epidemic overreaction," as well as Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon's thinly-veiled Fury promo, described as an "epic break dance."
More good news: epic's predecessor extreme continues its slow decline from its turn-of-the-millennium highs, and Gen-X fave awesome is making a comeback.
History professor Albert Broussard, who also writes a history textbook commonly used in US middle and high schools, is pushing to capitalize the letter "b" in Black in future revisions of the text when referencing Black people. The publisher, McGraw Hill, told CNN that they are "strongly considering it." From CNN: "I just personally would […]
The Houston Association of Realtors is eliminating the phrases "master bedroom" and "master bathroom" from its real estate listings because of the slavery connotations of the word "master." Agents are still free to use the terms in their own marketing materials and descriptions but the Multiple Listings Services (MLS) will refer to "primary bedrooms" and […]
The English language being short of words, Thomas Dimson created an AI-powered word generator. This word does not exist nephromatosis an infectious bacterial infection of the lymphatic system in primary prevention of infection in animals, caused by a nematode parasite or by an enterovirus "nephromatosis is a serious and fatal form of typhoid fever" haholus […]
Even as the world takes tentative steps toward reopening against the ebbs and flows of COVID-19, movie theaters remain in a netherworld limbo. High-profile film releases continue shuffling as theater chains, studios and filmgoers grapple with the fact that an enclosed theater may not be a safe place to be for some time to come. […]
The year 2020 has basically kicked down that door and dragged us all into the Zoom age, whether we like it or not. And now that we're basically inviting our boss, co-workers and other business associates into our homes via video, we've unwittingly stumbled into all kinds of new potential for embarrassment. Like when you're […]
One million Americans use American Sign Language as their primary means of communication. But as you'd expect, even though ASL is the sixth-most used language in the US, it isn't just any old language like English or Spanish or French. According to Communication Service for the Deaf, 98 percent of Deaf people don't receive education […]