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Things Pop Culture Ruined for Me

Posted on the 30 August 2013 by Rarasaur @rarasaur

Recently, I had to remove the word “tweak” from my vocabulary due to the surge in popularity of another word entirely.

You see, it looks like twerk.  If the word “twerk” is your head, it even kind of sounds like twerk.

I tried to include a picture of Miley Cyrus, I did. But I just couldn't.  Google twerk if you don't know and if this doesn't explain it. Or, you know. Just don't.

I tried to include a picture of Miley Cyrus, I did. But I just couldn’t. Google twerk if you don’t know and if this doesn’t explain it. Or, you know. Just don’t.

Tweak happens to be one of my favorite words, and its definition isn’t even mildly related to the concept of twerking– so I’m hoping this twerk-obsession calms down so I can reclaim it.

This isn’t the first time pop culture has ruined something for me.

I’ll give you a few examples.

1. That is fifty shades of…

Another beloved expression of mine was “this is fifty shades of ______”. It could be applied to anything, really. Kids were fifty shades of sticky, cats were fifty shades of crazy, and my big sister was fifty shades of bossy.  Now it can’t be said without people thinking of the book, handcuffs, kinky sex, and fan fiction.

Oh Gaston!

Oh Gaston!

2. Vampires and zombies

To be honest, I doubt anything could completely ruin vampires and zombies for me, but pop culture has taken a pretty good stab at it in recent years.

Grawr!

Grawr!

At least I still have gargoyles…

3. Cooking Simple Things

Remember when you could just make a scrambled egg without anyone telling you that a famous chef says you’re an idiot?  It seems like simple foods are attacked the most.

He follows me around in my mind and tells me that if I make grilled cheese with an iron, I might as well just be eating my inner ear wax.

He follows me around in my mind and tells me that if I make grilled cheese with an iron, I might as well just be eating my inner ear wax.

4.  Twitters and Tweeting

I used to love to say that birds tweet and twitter.  No other words more accurately sum up the annoying sound they make early in the mornings.  Now I have to say “chirp”, but it sounds cute– thus making it inaccurate.

I don't know why they wake me up with violent sounds.  I hear gossip that they might be angry. Source: http://zero-lives.blogspot.com/2010/11/genus-aves-iratus-angry-birds.html

I don’t know why they wake me up with violent sounds. I hear gossip that suggest they might be angry.  Source: http://zero-lives.blogspot.com/2010/11/genus-aves-iratus-angry-birds.html

5.  Bewitched

I loved that show growing up.  I loved it so much that I even gave Will Ferrel a chance and went to go see it in theaters.   I was so disappointed that now I barely remember the charm of the original series.

Dave: Do you want to talk about what you didn't like about the movie? Me: No. A part of my childhood has died. Just let it rest in peace.

Dave: Do you want to talk about what you didn’t like about the movie?
Me: No. A part of my childhood has died. Just let it rest in peace.

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Has pop culture ever sucked the joy out of one of your favorite words, memories, or past times?  Do you share my pain in any of these?


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