Journal: News & Comment

Thursday, July 27, 2006
# 2:49:00 PM:

Why you will never understand your kids

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Here is a rule: as soon as an article like this (via Kottke) about teenage slang appears, that slang is deprecated and the teenagers will move on to something else.

That's because it is a jargon whose only purpose is exclusivity. When adults (or other kids who aren't in the right clique) begin to understand it, then it has lost its value.

Speaking of jargon, I've always hated the phrase user-generated content, and Tim Bray does a great, short job today of explaining why.

Twenty-three skidoo, daddy-o.


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