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Unassisted
02-24-2009, 01:58 PM
I thought this was a funny, literate assessment of usage of the word "meh" by John Hodgman, a writer who also plays the "PC Guy" on the recent series of Mac commercials.

http://waxy.org/2009/02/john_hodgman_on_meh/


hodgman: Did I ever tell you people how much I hate the word "meh"? Nothing announces "I have missed the point" more than that word.

hodgman: It is the essence of blinkered Internet malcontentism. And a rejection of joy. Also: 12 hive mehs in the replies SO FAR

hodgman: By definition, it may mean disinterest (although simple silence would be a more damning and sincere response, in that case)

hodgman: But in use, it almost universally seems to signal: I am just interested enough to make one last joyless, nitpicky swipe and then disappear

wordwill: @hodgman Isn't rejecting joy how one traditionally demonstrates one's superior cool? Though, at the same time, to hell with that.

hodgman: @wordwill yes. It's part of the toxic Internet art of constant callous one upsmanship. And it is a sort of art, but not for me.

Raisor
02-24-2009, 02:21 PM
meh

(well, someone was going to do it)

remdog
02-24-2009, 02:53 PM
meh

(well, someone was going to do it)

What a surprise.

Rem

gonelong
02-24-2009, 03:31 PM
What a surprise.

Rem

meh

camisadelgolf
02-24-2009, 04:44 PM
That entire dialogue was basically him saying 'meh' in many more words. I'm going to give him an 'F' for 'Fail'.

Gainesville Red
02-24-2009, 04:55 PM
It's one of my favorites. Right up there at the top of my list of favorite words. Right under the F-Bomb.

Roy Tucker
02-24-2009, 05:06 PM
"meh" is right up there with "whatever" which causes Roy to get lit up like a skyrocket.

Passive aggression drives me up a wall.

KronoRed
02-24-2009, 05:12 PM
"meh" is right up there with "whatever" which causes Roy to get lit up like a skyrocket.

Passive aggression drives me up a wall.

meh..whatever old dude


:D

ochre
02-24-2009, 05:15 PM
meh off my grass.

ochre
02-24-2009, 05:17 PM
And "PC Guy" is like way high up towards the top of the list of people I follow when it comes to intraweb etiquette.

Hell. I spelled etiquette correctly on the first try, but firefox red dots intraweb.

meh.

Johnny Footstool
02-24-2009, 05:56 PM
I prefer "pfffffft."

ochre
02-24-2009, 06:02 PM
I prefer "pfffffft."
meh.

The Baumer
02-24-2009, 07:38 PM
Phonetically spelling farts is an internet must.

Highlifeman21
02-24-2009, 08:35 PM
That entire dialogue was basically him saying 'meh' in many more words. I'm going to give him an 'F' for 'Fail'.

cue LtlAbner with an epic fail picture...

Roy Tucker
02-24-2009, 11:39 PM
meh..whatever old dude


:D

Hi Krono :wave:

http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/081218/gran-torino-eastwood_l.jpg

smith288
02-25-2009, 03:30 PM
I prefer "pish posh"

So much more high brow.

Redsfaithful
02-25-2009, 03:55 PM
"meh" is right up there with "whatever" which causes Roy to get lit up like a skyrocket.

Passive aggression drives me up a wall.

Totally agree, although I will say meh has an advantage in that I don't ever actually hear it in real life, for me at least it seems to just be an internet thing. Thankfully.

Roy Tucker
02-25-2009, 04:07 PM
Totally agree, although I will say meh has an advantage in that I don't ever actually hear it in real life, for me at least it seems to just be an internet thing. Thankfully.

My children say it.

Or more specifically, said it. When they did, my head split open and this red-eyed beast emerged that very pointedly let them know it was not to be used in the future.

I have used "feh" in conversation.

sonny
02-25-2009, 10:13 PM
ZOMG!
"meh" iz teh kewlz!

:)

sonny
02-25-2009, 10:14 PM
I usually just furrow my brow at the person as to say "You sir, are an idiot."

ochre
02-26-2009, 01:19 AM
I usually just furrow my brow at the person as to say "You sir, are an idiot."
It's kind of hard to carry that out in the typed word medium

BCubb2003
02-26-2009, 04:25 AM
heh.

Johnny Footstool
02-26-2009, 10:40 AM
Whatever happened to good, old-fashioned "Bah"?

smith288
02-26-2009, 11:47 AM
"Bah" is more like an old person shutting the door on a solicitor...

"Meh" is like a sleepy, uncaring attitude meant to disarm the subject. I have actually said it. It doesnt sound as good as it's types though.

It kind of sounds like a livestock at the end of its usefulness.

ochre
02-26-2009, 12:06 PM
I've used and seen a few other people use "..." (an ellipsis) to respond to something someone has just typed. Usually it is call out some, potentially unintended, innuendo. It can also be a "whatever dude" type response. Doesn't quite capture the wholehearted indifference of a good solid meh, though.

TRF
02-26-2009, 01:04 PM
I'm a pheh or thppt! guy myself.

wheels
02-26-2009, 04:32 PM
The Simpson's started the whole "meh" thing.

Me and my old roomie heard Lisa do it in 1996 or something and it was used in our household constantly after that.

It was more of a Simpson's tribute than anything else, really.

remdog
02-26-2009, 09:29 PM
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First time I've ever (officially) said it.

meh

Rem