Monday, March 05, 2007

New Slang

When did this happen? When did the phrase "Douchebag" replace all other insults in our society? And why? Sure, it's fun to say. Douche. It has a sort of juvenille appeal with a grown up mentality, sort of like SouthPark (which helped popularize the phrase in their Douchebag vs. Turdsandwich election episode). And somehow it always applies. Drunk angry broker in a striped shirt hitting on you a bar? Cabdriver who can't pick a goddamn lane? Bloated orange guy driving a Hummer? All total Douchebags. It just works in so many situations! It's the ultimate catchall insult!

I was blissfully watching the Elliot Stabler Show a couple weeks ago, mesmerized by his furled brow and chemistry with Mariska. Sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous and they had caught a suspect, who the top ADA referred to as a "Douchebag". I figure once it's on network tv a word has reached the upper echelon of popularity and it therefore completely over. But now that the big D has taken over, nothing else seems as fun and effective. Dickhead? Eh. Asshat? Not bad, but still meh. Gawker tried to come up with an alternative, but the best they could come up with was "Twatwaffle". Terrible. Please, someone, show us what's next. How about Bartart? Cockwipe?


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