Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Knock-off Blogging

I'm under deadline here, so I can't be expected to actually write a thoughtful post. Instead, I offer my half-baked random thoughts and observations, with a side of snot-i-tude. Enjoy.

Utilize This

I absolutely hate the word "utilize". What is wrong with "use"? We're doing peer revisions in our writing class right now, and the 2 papers I'm revising both use the word "utilize" to excess. Of course, I define "excessive use of the word utilize" as writing or saying it more than one time during one's entire lifetime, so my judgement here might be clouded. Just by writing this post, I've used up my lifetime "utilize" quota, along with those of 4 or 5 of my closest friends.

Made of Honor: Making Me Sick.

Regarding the new movie "Made of Honor": First of all, the attempted pun in the title does not work. It might possibly work if there were a mafia angle, as in "made man". That's not my real objection, however. My REAL objection is to the fact that the entire plot seems to turn on the cow-eyed stupid disingenuously innocent girl whose "best friend" is a guy and who has NO IDEA that the guy wants to sleep with her. "Whaaaaat? He finds me attractive in this lingerie? Get outta town! He doesn't look at me THAT way! He's my BEST FRIEND!" Gag. Retch. Vom.

Imitation Genuine Leather

Someone found my blog today using the search term "knock-off Buxton Organizer", which I suppose led them to this post. And that's all I have to say about that.

24 comments:

Wyldth1ng said...

utilize?

CDP said...

Exactly? Not even a word, right?

DCup said...

Utilize has been a peeve of mine forever! So is "in order to" in stead of just using "to."

I think if we go on that road trip, we need matching Buxtons to hold all our mixers and stuff.

Suze's Sass said...

I do like how the movie "utilized" Patrick Dempsey though. Sorry, I've now used up my quota!

Distributorcap said...

oh boy now i have to watch my word choice!

8-)

FranIAm said...

Funny you should say Buxton. I was in Office Depot or Max or one of those places and saw an organizer by Buxton.

I thought of that post.

Spartacus said...

Good idea to knock off the utilize.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Patrick Dempsey should be beaten for making yet another chick flick, especially one that looks as bad as his current one does.

enc said...

"Utilize" is quite hackneyed at this point. However, I contend that "actually" might take the Gold in the "Crutch-Word Olympics."

What do you think?

The Guv'ner said...

I honestly think, in any given work day, I probably type the word "utilize" about ten times. It's one of the words that make me grind my teeth!

Also? That chick flick looks so dismal that whenever I see the ad for it, I beat myself with a tree branch filled with nails.

That is all.

CDP said...

Dcup--you know, I actually do use the "in order to" in memos sometimes. I'll stop, just for you. We'll need the black Buxton bags, to coordinate with our 8-ball jackets. High Five!

Suze--If Colin Firth were in that movie, I'd probably at least see it on DVD, so I understand. And you're correct, you're no longer allowed to use the u-word.

Dcap--you are exempt from this restriction. Says me.

Fran--you didn't buy it, did you?

Dr. M--Beating might be a little extreme. Someone should just give him a wedgie.

Spartacus--see, now you've used your quota, too.

enc--that's another one that I use too often. I know that because my 3 year old is always telling me that he's "ackchully" going to do this or that.

Whiskeymarie said...

We use the word "Utilize" many, many times a day in my field.
It would drive you insane.

CDP said...

WM--yes, it would. I'll extend the exemption I granted Dcap to you (but only you...everyone you work with has to stop. Let them know for me, OK?)

pistols at dawn said...

I actually heard someone yelling about the unnecessary pun in "Made of Honor" earlier this week. I would also have complained, except I live in a cave and have never heard of that movie.

dguzman said...

Simmer down now, CDP.

CDP said...

Pistols--I haven't seen the movie (nor do I plan to), but I'm guessing that it's not worth coming out of the cave for.

Dguzman--I'm simmered now!

Sauntering Soul said...

I can't believe someone is looking for a knock off Buxton organizer. The original one is cheap enough. Can you imagine the quality of a knockoff one? Horrors.

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

The whole idea of a gender switching Best Friends Wedding sa-hucks.

The original movie made me well up with anger so I'm grateful for DVR and the ability to fast forward through the commercials for this tank.

What is wrong with Patrick Dempsey's agent?

BeckEye said...

I love Patrick Dempsey, but that movie is just wrong. I haven't even seen it yet and I know it's wrong.

"My Best Friend's Wedding" sucked, so what makes the producers of this knock-off think that it will be any better?

And that scene in the trailer where she takes Patrick to pick out sexy lingerie for her honeymoon night and MODELS IT FOR HIM? Oh, I do that all the time with my male friends.

CDP said...

SS--I know, I shudder to think. And my son still thinks I need to buy that bag. Tee hee!

Lady and BeckEye--I KNOW! MBFW was one of the worst movies of the 90s, so let's remake it with the GUY trying to break up the wedding! Now I'm looking for a distaff "Pretty Woman" with Julia Roberts now playing the ice-cold rich executive and some cute boy playing the male hooker with a heart of gold. Blech.

CDP said...

Guv'ner--I missed your comment! Stop beating yourself with the tree branch covered with nails, it will do nothing for your skin.

Dr. Zaius said...

OH! I want a "knock-off Buxton Organizer" too! Cool.

CDP said...

Dr. Z.--please let Ms. Gregarious choose your accessories; I suspect that she has much better taste.

WendyB said...

I got a search for "knock-off jennifer meyer jewelry" today. And about 250 searches for "amazing bosom."

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