June 28, 2019

"You Love to ‘Hate to See It’/It’s the phrase of the summer. Why do we hate to see it so often?"

It's a NYT article about a trend that I had not noticed, which makes the article really hard to skim. I just don't get it, and I don't need to get it.

If it's ubiquitous, it's on the downside of cool, and I don't need to be cool, but even if I did, this wouldn't get me there. This is something that can only be skipped. Of course, I'm a little worried that I'm so old that everything new that comes along will only be noticed by me when it's already on the way out and then I'll just be skipping everything. But there's liberation in that. Does anything in the newspaper demand my attention?
“You hate to see it” is a barb, a hex protection and an imperious shake of the head. It is the exhilarating sensation of observing a rival attempt to enter a just-locked post office, manifested in text. It is inescapable on Twitter, where it is flaunted like a universally flattering pair of sunglasses capable of adorning almost any sentence.
So... sentences are wearing sunglasses now?

18 comments:

Achilles said...

Why do you still read the NYT's?

anti-de Sitter space said...

I'm a little worried that I'm so old that I think Biden doesn't look old.

mccullough said...

“a rival trying to enter a just locked post office” is an unusual and old fashioned image.

khematite said...

Really no more than a slight variant of the twenty-year old Seinfeld faux-sympathy meme "That's a shame."

https://giphy.com/gifs/reaction-wizard-klux-PEtL0mS2JXMBi

n.n said...

A luncheon liberation or a culinary divergence.

Fernandistein said...

I do not understand and will not obey.

rcocean said...

"You hate to see it”

-is a barb,
-a hex protection
-an imperious shake of the head.
-is the exhilarating sensation of observing a rival attempt to enter a just-locked post office, manifested in text.
-inescapable on Twitter,
-flaunted like a universally flattering pair of sunglasses
-capable of adorning almost any sentence.

I broke it down. To make is understandable.

Howard said...

the saying is: Hate to see it, gotta love it.

Howard said...

it's millennial-ese for schadenfreude

Kay said...

Sounds like NYT trying to be Buzzfeed.

bagoh20 said...

Imagine how much a person could accomplish if they didn't take the time to keep up on trends, fashions, memes, and other assorted dust in the wind. You could take a nice long bath.

bagoh20 said...

Has anyone ever made up a meaningless meme out of thin air that never was and pretended it was a real thing, which of course could make it a real thing. Maybe that's how they all start. That's right, I talking conspiracy.

Roughcoat said...

What the hell is going on here today?

traditionalguy said...
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traditionalguy said...

It's an Alt Right thing. Which means that it's another jokester's phrase created as a joke on them but taken oh so seriously by the weaponized attack media.

Humor is no longer allowed in the Politically Correct Jails. This is your last warning!

robother said...

I can't remember a time when sunglasses weren't cool. Hipster expressions come and go, but if you can figure out a way to adorn your sentences with sunglasses, they'l live in eternal cool.

0_0 said...

we're a week into summer and this has already been decided?

wildswan said...

The article tried to trace the rise in popularity of the phrase, e.g., sports to gamers, trying to show which subcultures bleed into each other and, ultimately, how a meme breaks out into being world-wide suddenly. Seems to suggest that "Black Twitter" commenting on "GOT" launched "ya hate to see it" as a thing everyone suddenly uses. But you have to know the right way to use it. The Democratic debate - ya hate to see it. WRONG.