John Hodgeman explains why he hates “meh”

Andy Baio at Waxy has reprinted  John Hodgman‘s Twitter feed, a 140-character-at-a-time masterful rip into the most odious of Internet jargon: “Meh.”

It’s also reminiscent of Baio’s own rant against the expression “FAIL.

hodgman: Did I ever tell you people how much I hate the word “meh”? Nothing announces “I have missed the point” more than that word.

hodgman: It is the essence of blinkered Internet malcontentism. And a rejection of joy. Also: 12 hive mehs in the replies SO FAR

hodgman: By definition, it may mean disinterest (although simple silence would be a more damning and sincere response, in that case)

hodgman: But in use, it almost universally seems to signal: I am just interested enough to make one last joyless, nitpicky swipe and then disappear

wordwill: @hodgman Isn’t rejecting joy how one traditionally demonstrates one’s superior cool? Though, at the same time, to hell with that.

hodgman: @wordwill yes. It’s part of the toxic Internet art of constant callous one upsmanship. And it is a sort of art, but not for me.

The point here, is not that meh should not be used at all, but rather it’s a feckless word substituting for criticism. Used for comedy, meh can be quite nice.

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