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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Dude!

A comment on a contentious subject over at Shelley Powers' Burningbird blog reminded me of something (utterly trivial and unrelated to the actual subject of her post) that I've been thinking about lately. That's the phrase, "you rock!" and other uses of the word "rock" as derived from music as a verb (I rock, you rock, she rocks, we rock, they rock).

What I've been thinking is this: it sounds stupid. (Yes, I think deep and profound thoughts.)

Why don't we use other music genre names in this manner? I think that one of my New Year's Resolutions this year will be to substitute another genre for "rock" when tempted to use this phrase. I have one in mind.

Posted at 12:35 AM

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I was going to say that might be a little too ambiguous a statement, but then I looked at which comment you meant, and I have to agree: Nate does indeed.

Oh, wait, but you're going to use it as a good thing?

I'm soooo confused.

Posted by Phil Ringnalda at 1:36 AM, December 31, 2005 [Link]

Nate doesn't rock, nor does he polka. In fact, I was hard pressed to think of a musical genre that I find utterly without redeeming value. I mean, there is easy listening that is kind of fun to listen to in a kitschy retro way, and there's some excellent country and western music out there, and I quite like some rap. Then I remembered one genre that is just beyond the pale, one with no qualities to recommend it, and that seems particularly apropos to that exchange of comments. So I can honestly say that Nate hatecores.

Posted by ralph at 8:17 AM, December 31, 2005 [Link]

Actually, I think Nate is a fake. Which is better than him being real.

Posted by Shelley at 6:22 PM, January 1, 2006 [Link]

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