There. That banal neologism has been rattling around in my cranium for a few days like errant bb shot, and I needed to get it out there. Sometimes, a loathsome word must be purged from the brain before it causes too much damage.
“Meme,” which makes me cringe when I read it let alone write it, is the most overused word in the blogosphere (also a shudderworthy term). Just say it: “Meme.” It can only be spoken with a nerdsome whine.
Everyone and her/his cat and dog are tacking -ome on to words:
“Genome. Metabolome. Kinome. Lipidome. Transcriptome.”
“Harlan Pepper, would you stop naming -omes!?”
RPM over at evolgen brought up the secretome, and correcly noted that “-ome” can be attached to darn near any biological system to give it hype. The natural consequence of my reading this last week and the “Speed of Meme” hot topics on the Science Blogs mainframe page was the unholy convergence of “The Meme-ome.”
Scott Douglas, a freelance writer with a number of running-focused books and articles to his credit, maintains a list of Forbidden Words. Scott has been lax in updating his list of overused phrases and words, but here it is:
9/11 Push back Activist judges Skill set At the end of the day Take it to the next level Don’t go there The American people Footprint The so-called nuclear option Functionality Think outside the box Leverage Weapons of mass destruction On the same page Win-win Proactive Zero tolerance
I would like to submit “meme” and “-ome” or “-omics” for Scott’s list.