Ask A Genius 215 – New Catch Phrases and Words
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
July 1, 2017
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Rick Rosner: We can continue to absorb catch phrases and words. So, there is probably more flaking than ever before, or failing to live up to assumed tasks. The will-do lunch is now widely recognized to mean we’ll never do lunch.
There has been a falling off of thank you notes. it is not an unpardonable breach to not respond – somebody has to be the one to stop the text chain. It is not an unpardonable breach without giving an explanation why.
People forgive that and assume the conversation is over, or that there is some reason the person had to step away from the text chain. All of those things are examples of flaking at some level, which means that volume of the tasks implied by standard communication and etiquette has reached the point where those conventions are now routinely violated.
It would be tough to keep up with all of them. It would be weird to be somebody to not be the one to end the chain of texts. They would be thought of as a kind of pain in the ass and OCD-ish.
There are limits being created by our ways of communicating right now, but they don’t appear to be putting limits on the new garbage words we can learn and quickly use up.
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American Television Writer
Scott Douglas Jacobsen
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