AN OPEN LETTER TO JOYONBOARD
Joy … Whoa! Be careful what you ask for, right? You asked about Flounce? You certainly got some answers. Glad I missed this yesterday so that I could read all the comments today (116). WOW!
And now I want to add my three cents (up one, due to inflation). So ….
Personally, I am less interested in why people flounce than I am that people even use the word. When I find myself reading “words” like flounce and meta and dust-up … and yes, even newbie … I feel less like I am at a site for writers, but instead like I accidentally stumbled into a site for sorority sisters.; one with secret handshakes and passwords. It is not a place where men live, not the men I know … if Denise Montgomery’s description of flounce is correct, to wit:
Kicking up one's heels, dramatically throwing a feather boa over one's shoulder, violently rearranging one's crinoline, and haughtily harrumphing on the way out the door all earn extra style points, but are not strictly required for a Full Flounce to be recorded in the books.
Men don’t do that stuff … ever! …or even a reasonable male facsimile … ever!
Most of us prefer four-letter words. Flounce has seven … and “meta” is not a word … unless it’s capitalized, and then it is a river in Columbia. It can be a prefix (metaphysical, metamathamatics, etc.) wherein it would mean, “used with the name of a discipline to designate a new but related discipline designed to deal critically with the original one.”(1) But it is not a word … except here … another secret society word for the open salon sorority.
Not that the “I Felta Thi” Sorority can’t be hard edged, too; I’ve seen some downright razor sharp explosions come from the IFT House … and in waves; painful stuff designed to intimidate and insult. I’ve seen some frat boys do that, too … like they had somehow been appointed to chief critic or justice or god or something. But still, no respectable man would “flounce” (and call it that) … not out loud … in a crowd (unless it is with his buds, say on the golf course, where we might flounce a few competitive ones to see who can flounce the loudest, longest and …the booby prize … the wettest). We don’t “meta” either. We may rant, argue, debate, even insult. But we do not meta.
As to Dust-ups: This word, phrase …whatever … is particularly annoying to me in that it is entirely too similar to another word …Dustoff …a term used in Nam (and maybe since) to describe the removal of dead Americans from a specific event. Example: 01 May 68 1810H
Co A mortar platoon request DUSTOFF for 2 US WHA result Booby trap of unk type. BS474863, Dustoff completed 1821H. Indiv. Concerned; George P*****, Mark A*******. Just so you know.
IN any event, Dust-up: Whatever happened to real words … like disagreement and argument? Does Dust-up somehow sound better? Is poison any less deadly if you don’t call it poison?
Truly, I marvel at this apparent need to create an “insider’s” vocabulary … and the lure it creates to the newbie like it is the “key” to ultimate acceptance. S that the message? Which brings me to “Newbie” (which I know is not exclusive to here): If ever a word sounded like 2nd grade, it is that word. I have no doubt a grade school teacher introduced that word to the Internet world. What amazes me is that it stuck.
Now I could get that … maybe …if OS was a sorority …or fraternity … or some other sort of social club like Kiwanis and Rotary … Moose and Elks. That’s what they are; social/civic organizations with charters and officers and rules and meetings … even secret words and handshakes …all that stuff. And I suppose some of that could be applied to OS. But it seems that most of the folks I’ve met here came here to write something … not join something. They put their stuff out there for you and I to peruse, and in addition, we are given a vehicle to comment …if we like. In fact, we can comment from any point of view; as to writing skill or content or even the smile or name on their Avatar. We can even be cruel.
But we don’t have to be.
And when we are … from my perspective … it is way more of a negative reflection on us than on the writer; and way more of a negative to the site and what it should represent … an open forum …when we cause people to leave … uh … flounce … because we insult their point of view.
So I hear all of you out there who are critical of the “flouncer;” that they are nothing more than attention seekers, et. al. But rarely have I read one who said “I want out of here” who hasn’t just had his/her ass handed to them by the some band of wolves.
And if there is to be a special language … and special rules … and a special dogma (like we only like liberals or some such shit), then let’s publish it; let’s demand the OS acknowledge it; make it the “member’s” credo. Then I could solemnly swear to:
- love thy newbies as thyself,
- never meta beyond my means,
- Dust up those who dust themselves, and
- always flounce in Internet-ese.
BRB ,,, K? IHTFN (Or for those writers who enjoy the written word: Be right back. OK? I have to flounce now.).
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