Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Timothy Kenny: Wanker
Timothy Kenny's column in today's LA Times misses the point completely. The English language has become a global lexicon through new forms of media. The MSM is simply using that of which they have become immersed. I'm defining this global lexicon as truly global, that is, not related to countries but to fields of interest. Face it, ten years ago who had ever heard the phase "jumped the shark?" Outside of FM radio DJs who knew what ramping up a song was? How often could you find someone that didn't work in the newspaper biz that knew what "below the fold" was? Blogs, online trade rags, and message boards have pushed cool new lingo that used to be the slang of small separate cabals of everything from base jumping enthusiasts to policy wonks.