No, this is not my effort at pulling a Clerks 2 Randal style take back of words with offensive undertones. Rather, this is a simple walk down memory lane with words I used to hold in such high regard and delivered as often as the circumstances of life would allow - or require. That's all for naught now, though. To try and use them only brings up acid flashbacks to the entertainment tied mindset of those nearest to me. Of course the real bitch is that I'm working with a limited vocabulary already. The entertainment industry has done me no favors in that regard. On the plus side, I did learn the word cozen this year, so I'm only down four now. Off we go!
What you used to mean: A picturesque moment at the end of the day, full of a color and beauty unmatched by the tireless movement of the world around you.
What you mean now: Hours of agitation as my passing reference to the finality of a day somehow sparks a two hour debate on the merits of sparkling vampires, hairless werewolves, and vacuous shells trying to pass off as living beings.
What you used to mean: One who has overcome great odds through competition or personal setbacks to find themselves a champion.
What you mean now: A life spiraling out of control as crazed drunkards and conspiracy hounds worship a god born anew... oh, and spending inordinate amounts of money to keep a couple of pornstars handy so that one can brag about sexual binges as everyone around them keeps asking "whatever happened to Denise Richards?"
What you used to mean: A nightmare of a mathematics class that stimulates as much as it frustrates, but provides a challenge worthy of conquering for those technological inclined.
What you mean now: A collection of philosophical gibberish masked in technological gibberish, stretched across two thin strips of unnecessary, and doused in the overwhelming smell of 'should have just let the first one be' syndrome.
What you used to mean: A (questionably pretentious) individual who aspired to create something new and fresh in the world. Well, OK - that's a gross romanticism of them but I get at least one!
What you mean now: Any moron who wants to be famous, but not be considered a reality TV star. Especially if you're a mediocre or awful singer. Don't ask me why, but watch a young 'hip' singer give an interview; they obsess over calling themselves artists. Hell, even VH1 counted them down as they 100 greatest 'artists' of all time. It's like somehow they feel being labeled exactly what they do undermines what they do. What the hell is wrong with you people? You don't see the people who make ring pops (proper art in my book) out there begging to be associated with the likes of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, or van Gogh for their work. Hell, I wouldn't even mind the occasional artist label every now and then, what you do is an art after all. But don't try and hide behind it under the pretense that it makes you superior to all the other singer/songwriters/musicians out there. You know, all nine hundred million of them. Many of whom are a whole lot better than you.
What you used to mean: The real, living world full of a broad spectrum of people with a wide encompassing array of opinions, beliefs, ideologies, and aspirations. The good and the bad, reality is where they all existed.
What you mean now: A group of idiots packed together like sardines in a can as the world watches on, like a band of rabid dogs. Each dog desperately waiting for one of the idiotic sardines to open their mouth and perform such insult to thought that even those who would fail to remember their name during an intelligence test weep for the lost cause of civilization.
Alright, so that's a bit of a morbid contextualization of how these words have morphed into the modern world. On the plus side, now whenever I use these words I get to recycle the same rants over and over again as people look on in despair. Hey, fair is fair. You want me to recycle, you've got to accept all the consequences of it!
So, any words you favor that have been morphed by the social zeitgeist of the entertainment community?