Sunday, February 3, 2008

Fun loving

I detest when people use the adjective "fun-loving" to describe themselves. First of all, it's sort of redundant, since the word fun means "something that provides mirth or enjoyment." Of course you love fun, by definition. The only sort of person I can imagine who doesn't love fun is perhaps someone very bitter with a warped sense of reality, who is never amused. Maybe a serial killer. "Fun-loving" means you're not a serial killer. You're not a serial killer. Good work. Way to shoot for the stars.

But most of all, I hate it because it by definition is something that should apply to basically everyone, but by connotation is not. Here's a scenario. Imagine a chubby woman of about twenty-five years, with long brown hair and red plastic glasses and a plain-looking face. She loves playing chess against the computer, has three cats which she loves dearly, and tends to her houseplants religiously. She edits a variety of Wikipedia topics daily, and has a blast doing it. She loves life and enjoys her hobbies. This is not a fun-loving woman. She is a woman who loves fun, like basically everyone, and has a lot of it. But you would not use the phrase "fun-loving" to describe her. You would use the phrase "fun-loving" to describe her slutty, hot sister who goes out to clubs four times a week.

What annoys me about the phrase is that by the definition of the words I am certainly fun-loving, but by their real meaning I am not. Yet, I dislike having to admit to not being a traditionally "fun-loving" person because of what I feel those words should mean.


Currently playing: Quarashi—Pro (trying something new... embedding it right in the post)

6 comments:

Andy M said...

Is it possible that some people also interpret the phrase to have a missing comma: "fun, loving" in a list of many adjectives that describe you?

LOVE the embedded music! Please make this a regular feature. It even works in my RSS reader (NewsFire), as it is based on Flash.

Andy M said...

CLARIFICATION: the music player is based on Flash. NewsFire is written in Objective-C (Cocoa) like other apps for Mac OS X.

Travis said...

If it works well for other people I'll continue with the embedded music for tracks I can find on imeem.com. That was the only place I could find this song. I'm pretty skeptical of the legality of imeem, which bills itself as the YouTube of music, so who I'd expect it to disappear if any number of people actually use it, also...

Steve S said...

imeem is legit, they've signed deals with all the big record labels.

I 've been a fan of the site since 2006 and when I heard they were getting sued by Warner Brothers I expected that it would be the end of the line. But they really managed to pull the rabbit out of the hat and instead of being sued out of existence they offered Warners 50% of the advertising generated by their music. Since then all the labels have come on board with the same deal.

imeem is here to stay.

the only downside is that some of the labels don't want their music appearing on random sites so the embedded player will only play 30 second versions of some tracks.

Travis said...

Yeah, I looked it up after posting; it seems reasonable.

Marc said...

People are missing the important part of your post. What is the name of the hot-slutty sister of which you speak and can I get her number? :P