This is the blog for Matt Hollingsworth. I'm from Ojai, California. I've worked in comics for 22 years as a color artist.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Yes, it's started to happen. I seem to be losing touch with American culture a little bit. I tend to go see movies here a bit. And most of the big American movies come here. And I still watch Lost by downloading on iTunes. But I don't have as much contact with Americans. I frequent some message boards for comics and that tends to be how I see some of this stuff. Basically, though, in America, language is largely affected by movies and television. If a hit movie comes out and has some funny line, it becomes frequently used and becomes part of the culture. It happened during Wayne's World, for instance. And I hate that shit. I find it hugely annoying. It's like an insider's club. Someone will drop a bit from a movie into their language and kinda wait to see if you get it. Well you know what? Fuck you. I don't care to be an insider with you. And fuck Wayne's World. Or Austin Powers. Or any other film you're taking your fucking language from. It doesn't mean you're smart. And it certainly doesn't mean you're cultured or witty. It means you have no personality of your own and have to borrow it from a crappy film or TV show.

On that note, some recent things I don't get.

I think this one came from a comic. I keep seeing the word "taint" as in the area between your balls and your ass (or between your vagina and your ass). Evidently in some comic someone was kicked there and now everybody is dropping this goody into their language, like "wow, that kicks so much taint". Well, fuck you. It sounds stupid. And you sound stupid when you use it. You're not funny. You need to leave your apartment or house more often. Says the guy who's been working 7 days a week. Fuck. I need a day off. Maybe tomorrow.

There also seems to be some phenomenon of making fun of "gingers" or people with red hair. Uh, ok. I don't get it. I think I'll make fun of Slovenians instead. They're my friends so I can do this. Maybe some of them have red hair so I can double up on this.

And, god damn it, I am sick of hearing "my bad", as in "Sorry, my bad." Where the FUCK did that come from? Buffy the Vampire Slayer? It's not funny. And you're fucked. Stop trying to manufacture some wit by leeching of of some crappy pop cultural reference.

Now if you want to quote the Simpsons, *that* I can forgive.



Mike D. said...

Matt...the word taint is old I said that shit in elementary school. Really it's only supposed to be a female ref- as in aint quite the pussy, aint quite the asshole. But yes it's stupid and childish and it's from like 30 years ago when kids said it in perochial school.
But one phrase I fucking hate is BLING BLING as in the shine of your fancy fucking jewelery..I hate that stupid phrase and wish it would DIE already. You want a drinkie drink from your cuppie cup?
Primitive fucking toddler language....morons!!!!
-----Mikey D.

Randy said...

"True That" I fucking hate that one.
Here, true that motherfucker as I shove this dictionary up your ass.
True that.

Dec said...

I've been quilty of the in-joke referances, but only with folk who'll get the joke, never at the expense of someone feeling left out. I hate it when someone says something to you, expecting you to laugh, when the 'joke' was in referance to an earlier conversation that you weren't feckin' part of!n How are you supposed to 'get' that!?
Also "This is true". Bugs the hell outta me. If somebody made a true statement, then THAT is true. THIS implies that it is you, who in fact made the statement.


dzuka said...

such an angry linguistic mob! >: )
how do you feel about 'truthiness'?

Matt Hollingsworth said...

Well, I like Colbert. But if that gets absorbed into the language regularly by word droppers, then I'll hate it too.


miljenko said...

Matt, you're the shit. I had the pleasure of speaking to you briefly after your coloring lecture during the last CRŠ (the Dirty Jersey). Anyways, best of luck to you.