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STOP SAYING "TOTES."

THAT GOES FOR EVERYBODY. EVERYBODY IN THE FUCKING WORLD. FUCKING STOP IT. STOP MAKING ME WANT TO PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE.

EVEN IF YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT BAGS. JUST FUCKING SAY "BAGS."

I will hit you with a fucking bat.

Date: 2009-11-01 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fair-witness.livejournal.com
Is it safe to say "hella" around you?

Date: 2009-11-01 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flusterbunny.livejournal.com
IT NEVER HAS BEEN AND NEVER SHALL BE

Date: 2009-11-01 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flusterbunny.livejournal.com
Less troublesome, but still not ideal.

Date: 2009-11-01 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fair-witness.livejournal.com
Good thing that's not really one of my words, then.

Date: 2009-11-01 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lithera.livejournal.com
I.... er.... so what do I call the plastic bins we use in the warehouses and for Amazon Fresh that go on the conveyor belts?

Date: 2009-11-01 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lithera.livejournal.com
But that's where the merchandise is, which is a whole different thing. That would be confusing.

Date: 2009-11-01 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaymyth.livejournal.com
But then the Lolrus will be after her!

Date: 2009-11-01 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] atrocity.livejournal.com
totes mcgotes

Date: 2009-11-01 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paradisacorbasi.livejournal.com
But what about the product where they make umbrellas and scarves and rain ponchos and that's actually the proper name of the product line?

Date: 2009-11-01 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flusterbunny.livejournal.com
IT IS NOT A PROPER NAME BECAUSE IT IS "TOTES" AND THEREFORE IS A CRAP WORD.

Start a letter-writing campaign to get them to change their name to Garbledina.

Date: 2009-11-02 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angrylemur.livejournal.com
hahaha never

I like how I have been saying "totes" for months now.

Date: 2009-11-02 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flusterbunny.livejournal.com
It is the worst.

It's seriously fucking horrible.

Date: 2009-11-02 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angrylemur.livejournal.com
I can think of worse things, dude.

Sorry you want to punch me in the face!

Date: 2009-11-02 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flusterbunny.livejournal.com
I refuse to allow "perspective" and "reality" to enter into my burning hatred for this netspeak abomination.

I don't want to punch you in the face. But if the word continues to be used, faces will continue to need punching.

Date: 2009-11-02 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angrylemur.livejournal.com
Then I'm sorry my face needs to be punched?

Proper useage of the term "totes" is in the context of a sarcastic or satirical remark or agreement with a statement that is blatantly ridiculous.

For example, one of the current board members of the organization that is dominating every single waking moment of my fucking life lately might say something like, "Oh my god, your insistence that we address the use of state violence against women of colour is obviously rooted in transphobia!" And my response would be, "Yes, because there's totes never any intersectionality between transphobia and racialized, gendered violence! Oh and also, STFU."

It is useful in text, as often without the use of such blatantly ridiculous abbreviated terms, it is hard to tell if someone's being ironic or not in a text-base medium. Without terms like "totes", we would again have to fall back on those insipid smiley faces to denote the lighthearted/satirical context behind phrases that would otherwise read as serious.

SO I DON'T KNOW JUST DEAL OR SOMETHING.

Date: 2009-11-05 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flusterbunny.livejournal.com
I disagree that there is a proper use of the word 'totes' that doesn't involve the carrying of something. In fact, in the presented context, I would fear that the use of 'totes' would undercut the gravity of your point by making the listener react with a mental "eeeyaaah, she said TOTES, ew, I must stop listening at once and remain unenlightened by whatever the rest of that sentence might have contained!" instead of considering the fact that there are often intersections between transphobia and racialized, gendered violence, which is a very serious issue that needs to be more clearly understood.

If the concern is about irony being misleading and the wish to be perfectly clear, you could actually just drop the sarcasm entirely and say "No, because there is often intersectionality between transphobia and racialized, gendered violence! And also, shut the fuck up."

Truth be told, I'm not even sure how "intersectionality" is a word. Perhaps it should read "No, because transphobia and racialized, gendered violence often intersect! And also, shut the fuck up." Then again, it sounds a little like it might be some obnoxious mathematical term like "imaginary numbers." Perhaps it crossed over into the mainstream lexicon without consulting me. That accursed Webster!

If, instead, you're saying something lighthearted, there are plenty of other egregious internet misspellings available that aren't nearly as painful as 'totes.' Some are even mildly amusing. You can also write it on a picture of a cat.

I DEAL BY BEING ANGRILY ANAL ABOUT INSIGNIFICANT WORD CHOICE.

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