Upon reading the tag for the Ragtag word of the day, and after looking at the Urban Dictionary invective referenced therein, I just—JUST—could not resist the following diatribe on one of my fav hobbies-hosses (trying to grave our vocabulary in concrete tombs) which also includes one of my pettest peeves—undervaluing the full, social, historic, and emotional power of words (in this case “decimate”).
It do sound like we have an elitist writing for Urban Dictionary. This elitist person wrote this on Urban about the phrase “on fleek:”
“A word used by those intent on decimating the English language, and further depleting the ever dwindling repository of individuals capable of intellectual conversation.
For anyone who uses the term ‘on fleek’ I’ve added links to the big words to help you out.
Here is a Urban Dictionary definition so missing the glory of the vast tumble of our lovely language that
- It denigrates new stuff,
- And supposes that “repositories of individuals capable of intellectual conversation” are actually inneresting (sp).
- seems to suggest using “big words” is how one should define social wonderfulness
- (can you not hear the sweet superior sniff)
- it requires a .gif to invectivize a point.
- Which fails to recognize (irony here) that a .gif invective (big word, that—Wow! I may be joining a repository) is as fastly changing the language as any fleekin’ “fleek.”
- It is so careless (and I do not use that word carelessly) of the full power of each and every single syllable of a word that it tosses off “decimate”
- as if it were only about changing things
- rather than about taking one-in-ten people from a bunch of people and running a sword through every single one those one-in-ten hearts.
- It uses the flat definition of Urban Dictionary to explain “decimate”
- !Of all the big words in the Universe to be explained by Urban, this is probably not it!
But alas, alack, I do complain too much. Both “fleek” and “decimate” tell the real story of our Language.
IT LIVES, Thank god! IT LIVES, a vibrant vivacity to our very day.
Ain’t that just “Fleek on”?
- Or is it” on fleek?”
- Or perhaps “fleekin'” crazzzy?
- Maybe just “fleek.” Yes. I think ‘fleek’ is good.
So I repeat (with revision): Ain’t that just fleek.
Gimme a new word every day. I will fleek it up into shape. (And did you notice that wordpress.com spellcheck accommodates “fleek”?–fleeking awesome!)