Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Week in Seven Words #366

A fun evening of Code Names, drinks, and food.

They're helping her learn the distinction between cool weird and uncool weird. Cool weird is when you make silly faces with your friends for Instagram, maybe use a filter or app that gives you puppy ears and big glasses. Uncool weird isn't a sanctioned strangeness. Even if it's creative and doesn't harm anyone, it's suspect.

She folds Trident gum wrappers into birds.

The alarm over the door begins to shriek. A worker approaches it with a grimace, then walks away. A minute later, another worker comes along, grimaces and walks away. Another minute goes by, with another grimace.

The word 'problematic' has started to bug me. People often use it in a way that's lazy and full of insinuation. "That book is problematic." Meaning? A vague unease, a condemnation without a coherent argument.

Hearing about war gives him a thrill. It's the swagger of war he likes, the way deep-voiced media figures growl a threat of reprisal.

An empty plaza framed by ads, shrubs, and an office building that looks like a fort.


Brian Joseph said...

A lot of people are rebelling against the use of the word "problematic" lately. It seems folks are indeed using it in problematic ways. (Sorry, I just could not resist :) Seriously, I think that folks are using it to men that something is vaguely racist or sexiest but they do not really have good reason to make the charge. There may be other cases where it is not being used illogically but those scenarios are what I have heard people object to.

Roderick Robinson said...

Duke Ellington, was the coolest of the cool jazzmen. It was, he said, all a matter of snapping one's fingers off the beat. At first sight that sounds like a prescription for being square, a term of musical abuse that seems to have disappeared. However, said Ellington, provided you could show your finger-snapping was intentional and not accidental, coolth would descend on you and you would be elevated above the common herd

HKatz said...

@ Brian - I've heard it used about both men and women in different ways (and about books, movies, etc.), but yes many times it's for racism or sexism.

@ Roderick - I have an Ellington CD I listen to sometimes. I don't snap my fingers to it, but I can't help dancing to it a little, even when I'm sitting.