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    The latest "in" expression that I hate

    Lately, it seems that the expression "drinking the Kool-Aid," or some variation thereof, has become in vogue.

    What a stupid catch-phrase!

    First of all, its origin is downright morbid. I guess a lot of years have passed since the Jonestown mass suicide occurred, but still... does the death of dozens of people EVER become funny?

    Also, the context in which the phrase is being used doesn't really make sense. I've seen or heard many sports reporters and internet posters use it to describe overly optimistic fans (i.e. "man, you're really drinking that Linehan Kool-Aid!"). But, while I get that people are trying to analogize overly zealous fans to cult-followers, how does the act of killing oneself by drinking cyanide-laced Kool-Aid relate to optimism about a sports team? A dubious analogy, to say the least.

    As with any catch phrase or "buzz" word, this too will pass. Hey, at least I rarely hear anyone using the mind-numbing stupid term "bling bling" anymore.


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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    I've heard a lot of political analysts using this phrase lately. However, it all seems to boil down to.......anyone who doesn't agree with the opinion of the moment MUST be drinking the Kool-Aid.
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    Wouldn't you love to see a full-page ad in the major newspapers reading:

    To all who use "Drinking the Kool-Aid" as a catch-phrase:

    F#%@ You!!!

    Sincerely,

    The surviving family members of the Jonestown victims

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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    The families of 914 dead probably would not see the humor in the catch-phrase.
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    Latest? This thing has been around for a while. It seems you're only just now drinking the anti Kool-Aid, otherwise known as the Grape Kool-Aid.
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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick
    Latest? This thing has been around for a while. It seems you're only just now drinking the anti Kool-Aid, otherwise known as the Grape Kool-Aid.
    Well, it may not be the latest "in" expression, but apparently it's the latest "in" expression that AV hates. The latest one before this was "too legit to quit".

    Yea, it takes a while sometimes.
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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam
    Also, the context in which the phrase is being used doesn't really make sense. I've seen or heard many sports reporters and internet posters use it to describe overly optimistic fans (i.e. "man, you're really drinking that Linehan Kool-Aid!"). But, while I get that people are trying to analogize overly zealous fans to cult-followers, how does the act of killing oneself by drinking cyanide-laced Kool-Aid relate to optimism about a sports team? A dubious analogy, to say the least.
    I don't know, but perhaps the analogy was supposed to be taken further: maybe it originally referred to the overzealous fan who "swallows" every bit of the hype and goes on to make bold predictions that will in time come back to figuratively kill him when the disparity between rumor and reality comes to bear, so in effect he "commits suicide" albeit on a much more trivial level. Often when a phrase comes into broader usage, the subtlety of the original is lost...or maybe I'm reading entirely too much into it.

    It is quite morbid, but then "Ring around the Rosy" is about the plague, and it seems to have had some staying power. We use words like "lousy" and "nit-picking" which, taken literally, refer to lice. I think as with these other idioms, people at some point cease to imagine the actual imagery, and only the meaning of the expression is translated.
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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    You know how you can really tell if a catch-phrase is stupid - if its used more than two times in a week on Sportscenter.

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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam
    Hey, at least I rarely hear anyone using the mind-numbing stupid term "bling bling" anymore.
    Hey now mister, is this a shot at my question to Torry? I used "bling bling" in my question.

    Just what are you trying to say? hmmmmmm......?
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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    Sounds like something a five year old would say...

    "Mommy, where's my bling bling?"

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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam
    Sounds like something a five year old would say...

    "Mommy, where's my bling bling?"
    And that reminds me of a song.

    At least we never had to hear "My Bling-A-Bling".

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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam
    Sounds like something a five year old would say...

    "Mommy, where's my bling bling?"
    I see nothing wrong with talking like a 5 year old. Are you picking on kids now? Maybe I am 5.

    :bling: :bling: Bring on the Bling!!! :bling: :bling:
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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    Quote Originally Posted by UtterBlitz
    I see nothing wrong with talking like a 5 year old. Are you picking on kids now? Maybe I am 5.

    :bling: :bling: Bring on the Bling!!! :bling: :bling:
    Well, we know tx went out drinking with you, so if you're 5, I'm calling the hotline on tx.
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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison
    Well, we know tx went out drinking with you, so if you're 5, I'm calling the hotline on tx.
    "I swear ociffer, she looked ever bit of at least 16 and in the hills whar I com frum, that's granny material."

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    Re: The latest "in" expression that I hate

    Was glad to see that 'paradigm' used up its time,
    and pray that 'back in the day' goes away.

    What a lame rhyme!LOL
    "the Heart Lies and the Head Plays Tricks with us, but the Eyes See True".

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