I must say that I'm becoming increasingly frustrated by the proliferation of the new wargaming vocabulary. It's hard to place exactly where this frustration is coming from. I've been exposed to buzzword heavy corporate cultures that drove me nuts, many bits of the gaming vernacular have been shamelessly and lazily stolen from other places, much of this vocabulary is built on flawed metaphors or analogies, and the more something is said, the more baggage it begins to carry. These things are all kind of compounded into a big fat ball of annoyance for me.
True story- many years ago I was a store manager for a middle tier Sandwich Franchiser, working at a corporately owned store. During my time there, I saw some of the worst abuses of overusing buzzwords that I have ever and hopefully will ever see. It got to me over time. Before I knew it, I was sending out e-mails in which I tried to see how many times I could use certain buzzwords just to be- well- a dick. I once sent an e-mail t the VP that used the term "setting up for success" at least 15 times and as much as 3 times in one sentence, in response to an e-mail he'd sent out earlier that used that phrase at least 5 times- unsarcastically. Sadly, I don't think anybody got it, I just looked like another automaton yes man.
Great story; it looks like you've always been as asshole, did it have a fucking point? Well maybe it did. What I'm trying to get at is that the mindless repetition of phrases and words coined by others stifles creativity and independent thought to some extent. While it can help us to express difficult concepts quickly, it gets tiresome to hear or read the same things over and over again. This is one of many reasons that languages evolve in the first place.
That's not the half of it though. Over time words and phrases start to carry a lot of baggage- as much or more negative than positive. Spam, for example, is one such word. It has gone from a canned meat product to in indiscriminately sending junk e-mail or the e-mails themselves to repeating the same units in an army list. Ignoring for now the fact that this metaphor makes absolutely no sense in any of its incarnations, spamming carries the negative connotation that a spammer is a WAAC (don't me started on the baggage there, lol) gamer or uncreative or a douchebag. If we instead say the spammer is using unit redundancy, copy/pasting, or stuttering (just made that one up) we can say the same thing with varying degrees of negative associations.
Maybe it's just human nature to play god and give names to things. It can certainly make conveying emotions or concepts easier in some cases. If I say the word bubble wrap, you'll probably know what I'm talking about in the context of gaming, even if I am getting sick of seeing that word.
What do you guys have to say? Are there any words or acronyms you're sick of?- spam, bubble wrap, competitive gamer, snowmobiling, leafblower, loganwing, douche, etc.