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 stuck in your head, it even kind of sounds like twerk.
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 fad calms down enough that I can reclaim it.
This isn’t the first time pop culture has ruined something for me.
I’ll give you a five 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?