It’s been several days since I’ve picked up my “Questions and Answers” book. I’m enjoying a quiet Saturday morning here, just finished a quick breakfast, and I’m about ready to switch gears in my brain from “play” to “let’s get to work” mode. A perfect time, I thought, to open the book, ponder a question — philosophical or otherwise — and then settle down to a bit of writing.
Today’s question took me aback.
WHAT IS THE CURRENT BUZZWORD?
I have to be honest here. I’m not even sure exactly what a “buzzword” is. Of course, I do understand that buzzwords are things people talk about, or to use more modern jargon, a “buzzword” is “what’s trending”.
But…should I care? Who determines the current buzzwords? Must I keep up with all the trends, follow along, and allow others to direct my thinking? Although there’s something to be said for “keeping up”, I’m not so sure I want to follow the crowd and pay homage to the buzzwords of the day.
I just clicked a tab and switched my view over to my Twitter account — and all right, I’ll throw in a shameless plug here. Please, if you enjoy my writing or like my outlook on life, follow me @kcchristinacole.
Ruin a movie…with…poop? Yes. I just clicked on the hashtag, found some truly creative movie titles, and sure, I had a laugh. Twitter can be fun at times. Years ago, we kept the laughs going for days with the game of changing a famous quote with “duck”.
“Ducks? We don’t need no stinkin’ ducks.”
“I did not have ducks with that woman.”
“Speak softly and carry a big duck.”
You get the idea. It was quacking good fun if I do say so myself, and yes, I’ll apologize for the bad pun.
But poop? Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m just too old-fashioned for some of these modern-day amusements. Potty humor does seem to be popular. I hear it often on Right Between the Ears and in many other places. When I play The Sims 4, my sims — if in a bad mood — can actually take “an angry poop”. It doesn’t mean anything. So far as anyone can tell, it’s no different from…
But wait! There’s more to buzzwords than trending topics. Buzzwords are also words that we use a lot, words that pop up into our language, hang around for a while, and then fade into oblivion…or at least onto the pages of some website or dictionary.
There’s even a website designed to help people like me keep up with buzzwords. The most recent entry is for “TEXT NECK”. It’s defined as “damage to the neck muscles and spine caused by frequently bending over a smartphone, tablet, or other device for long periods of time.”
So, now we know. Well, you probably already knew that one. It’s the first time I’ve heard it.
Facebook, of course, has its own listing of trending topics. Today’s popular items include “Love Your Pet Day” — poop and all — as well as Little Caesar’s Pizza. In a writer’s group discussion recently, we were advised to make note of trends and look for creative ways to tie-in our books. When it works, it works well. For me, it doesn’t work often. Since I write historical romances set in the old west, pizza parlors and pet days are out. Thankfully, none of my characters suffer from text neck, and nobody really gives a crap about their poop. If they did, they’d be reading somebody else’s stories, not mine.
I couldn’t resist.
My buzzword/catchphrase for today is:
REALIGNED EXECUTIVE KNOWLEDGE USER.
Yeah. That’s me. I’ve realigned my thinking, am prepared to take executive action, and will put my knowledge to good use. Sounds like a plan!
Of course, just for the fun of it, I fed those words into a Google Image search box. Curious? Well, here’s one of the many images that came up. It seems to accurately capture my feelings when I contemplate all the buzzwords of the day.