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Old 02-09-2019, 11:20 PM
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Things that make you immediately stop reading something

So you start reading a book, article, essay, poem, whatever, and you're thinking, "this will enrich my life in some way." And then you get to some word, phrase, sentence, or idea that makes you go, "Nope! This is actually not worth my time." What flips that switch for you*?

For me:

"Flyover country." Use this phrase unironically, and I'm done with you. Also, as a resident of "flyover country" I will use my influence to stop our next shipment of food to you.

"Virtue signaling." I don't think I've ever encountered a person or written piece that used this phrase (unironically) that was worth further interaction. I accept that some people are hypocrites or poseurs, and they deserve criticism for that. But the phrase "virtue signaling" is just a shibboleth for douchebags.

Quoting The Art of War. This may just be peculiar to my field, information security. But when I start reading an article in a security publication, and the writer quotes the Art of War, I know it's a shit article. "As Sun Tzu said, 'Know your enemy'!" Well, as Winston Churchill said, "Good day, sir!"

OK, what makes you say, "Yeah, actually, fuck this."

*NOTE: The rules are, you begin reading with reason to believe the work will be useful, or at least entertaining, but something in it makes you change your mind. So, please no answers like "It appears in publication XYZ" or "It was written by so-and-so". Presumably those factors would prevent you from even starting to read it.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:44 PM
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The use of the word “illegal” as a noun.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:49 PM
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"The gay agenda."
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:50 PM
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Anything with "check your privilege" used in a non-ironic manner. I know this is mostly my problem, not others' use of the term. But fuck them too. I hate it still.
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:49 AM
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Using ‘First they came for the Jews...’ Maybe you’ve got something interesting to say, but I’m not sticking around to find out.
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:53 AM
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Anything written in textese. The word is spelled "you", not "u".

"Liberal" used as a blanket pejorative.
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:20 AM
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"Flyover country." Use this phrase unironically, and I'm done with you.
I didn't know it was ever used seriously.
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:39 AM
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If I'm reading a blog post or comment and I see the word "leftist" or "printing".
With "printing" I mean if it is used in relation with the FED or some other government agency.
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:49 AM
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Anytime that starts off with a warning that's basically IF YOU DON'T AGREE WITH THIS THAN FUCK YOU/YOU'RE STUPID. Or any article that obviously starts off very defensively for no real reason except because the author is so completely full of themselves they have to put a warning because they're so right.

Also whenever somebody brings up "I know I'm a white guy talking about a non-white viewpoint" more than once. First time it's understandable because you're acknowledging the elephant in the room, but anything more seems like pandering. I once listened to a podcast talk about moviecasting and race and the 3 white hosts brought up the fact they were 3 white guys literally four times in 40 minutes, and they weren't doing it in a joking manner.
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:48 AM
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I find that very few things that use the word "unpack" seriously are worth reading.
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:45 AM
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Any article about art or literature that uses the word "subvert".
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:11 AM
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I didn't know it was ever used seriously.
Yeah, I don't think I've seen it used except as a description of how the writer thinks people on the coasts think, not what the people on the coasts or the writer actually think.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:35 AM
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Any opinion piece with the name "Trump" in it. I am sick of the man and I am sick of the squalling from both his detractors and his defenders.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:46 AM
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If there’s an initialized name or department, ( ABC ), WITHOUT following the common publishing protocol of spelling it out fully, upon first use, and ever thereafter abbreviated.

You can’t be arsed to be clear to your readers? I got better things to do than look up something that you’re trying to use in your discussion.
Be clear or be gone!
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:41 AM
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Any incorrect uses of apostrophes stop me in my tracks. If it's just once I might give them a chance that it was a typo (but then why didn't the editor catch it?) but not twice. There are a few other grammar issues I have (alot is one) but the apostrophes are the kiss of death.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:48 AM
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"I know most of you won't bother to read this . . ."

Fuck you. Passive aggressive bullshit.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:50 AM
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Anything written in textese. The word is spelled "you", not "u".
Yep - this makes me stabby!!!
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:25 AM
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Any opinion piece with the name "Trump" in it. I am sick of the man and I am sick of the squalling from both his detractors and his defenders.
Same here, but the keyword/subject is "Brexit".
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:27 AM
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I'd say when the word "teleological"* makes its first appearance.

* And such.
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:33 AM
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Using "democrat" as an adjective.
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:34 AM
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I occasionally select novels without perusing the jacket description. I'm reading for entertainment, but when I encounter something along the lines of "...he/she sat next to me and I started to tingle from their pulsing sexuality..." I know it's time to stop.
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:29 AM
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Things that make you immediately stop reading something

Getting hit by a soccer ball.

This past fall I was "watching" my nephew's daughter play soccer. I was reading something on my kindle, when I got hit in the head with a soccer ball. Who knew ten year old girls could kick that hard?!
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:05 PM
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"I know most of you won't bother to read this . . ."

Fuck you. Passive aggressive bullshit.
Oh shit. I forgot about that hate-for-humanity inducing garbage immensely. I want to punch people's temples whenever i encounter one of those. Fucking coward fucking prick ass hypocrite pansy ass smug self important scuured of the world fucking slacktivists. Ill give you a time and place to meet me, so i can show you how sorry I am for not reading your shit-glurge but I know you probably can't be bothered.

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Any incorrect uses of apostrophes stop me in my tracks. If it's just once I might give them a chance that it was a typo (but then why didn't the editor catch it?) but not twice. There are a few other grammar issues I have (alot is one) but the apostrophes are the kiss of death.
Holy shit. You must be able to read jack shit then! Haha. Thats an unfortunate obstacle to have in order to read. Misused apostrophes are errrwhurr.

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I find that very few things that use the word "unpack" seriously are worth reading.
I think that word was devised in Talking Head/Pundit/Cable News speak University. I've never heard it even on network tv! Wait, i dont watch network tv. But ive still never heard "unpack" used in this nails-on-the-chalkboard manner anywhere outside of Hardball. "Hardball" here is used as a catch-all term for any cable news programming.
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:11 PM
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"Today President Trump said...."
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:14 PM
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Back during the Obama presidency, I felt like it was a pretty effective razor that anyone who said 'Obama' during our first conversation was probably a complete write-off.

I mean I get why some people didn't like Obama and that's fine and we can talk about it when it comes up, but if it's always on the tip of your tongue and you assume that everyone you meet would like to hear your thoughtson that, that's a symptom there is some derangement at work.

Likewise with Trump, I'm happy to bash the man all day, but our first meeting involves you sharing your feelings about him... there's an unhealthy obsession.
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:18 PM
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“The Democrat Party.”
“Lame Stream Media”
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:21 PM
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Anytime anyone seriously mentions "we only use 10% of our brain" canard.

Anyone who mentions "quantum" that is not directly referencing actually physics.

Anyone who refers to Alpha Males.(or Beta Males or Gamma Males.)
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:27 PM
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Back during the Obama presidency, I felt like it was a pretty effective razor that anyone who said 'Obama' during our first conversation was probably a complete write-off.

I mean I get why some people didn't like Obama and that's fine and we can talk about it when it comes up, but if it's always on the tip of your tongue and you assume that everyone you meet would like to hear your thoughtson that, that's a symptom there is some derangement at work.

Likewise with Trump, I'm happy to bash the man all day, but our first meeting involves you sharing your feelings about him... there's an unhealthy obsession.
Thankfully many of us will not use the word "Trump" since there are so many other fine alternatives
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:31 PM
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Any use of the word "shibboleth." Or "douchebags."
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Old 02-10-2019, 03:11 PM
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Really good reading so far...so many that I can identify with.

I groan and scoff when I see headlines with the same "newsspeak" lazy journalism cliches. Won't read them online, or on paper, as they seem like the printed version of clickbait.

Some terms: highlighted ( underlined)

"Lawmaker blasts mayor's decision..."

"Critics charge that new playground is pork barrel spending...."

"Public works project slated......"

"Commuter rail project chugs along....."
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Old 02-10-2019, 03:19 PM
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I'm reading a dystopian series of 4 books. It seemed that the author was a big Trump supporter, so I almost through it out the window. I gave it a little more time, and I think he is sort of middle of the road. I'll give the books a chance.
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Old 02-10-2019, 03:58 PM
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Any piece of writing discussing Trump which uses the term "Thump" to refer to the President instantly loses my eyes.
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:42 PM
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:26 PM
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Anything having to do with racist government officials in Virginia.

CNN: Yeah, I know this is important, but really, day after day after day of the same story?
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:45 PM
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:51 PM
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The cat laying on the book or the screen of my tablet. Stops reading comprehension in it's tracks, so to speak. I tried to reading out loud thing, for their benefit. Didn't work.
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:58 PM
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"I know most of you won't bother to read this . . ."

Fuck you. Passive aggressive bullshit.
Yep. That's the one. There's a lot of things previously mentioned which will prompt me to very briefly skim to make sure I'm right, but this one is absolute.
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:01 PM
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Really good reading so far...so many that I can identify with.

I groan and scoff when I see headlines with the same "newsspeak" lazy journalism cliches. Won't read them online, or on paper, as they seem like the printed version of clickbait.

Some terms: highlighted ( underlined)

"Lawmaker blasts mayor's decision..."

"Critics charge that new playground is pork barrel spending...."

"Public works project slated......"

"Commuter rail project chugs along....."
Hey, you try writing headlines day in day out. Gotta get the damn paper out.
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:06 PM
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The phrases "rape culture", "the patriarchy", or "peer pressure", especially when they're used several times in every sentence.

I understand that those are important issues, but the phrases are over- and misused and always have been.
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:13 PM
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'People say' Usually means what they think themselves.

'I'm an ally' Of whatever organisation or group.

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Old 02-10-2019, 06:21 PM
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Oh, another one is, on other boards, when someone puts up a video as the full content of their post. Fuck that noise.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:19 PM
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Oh, this is fun.

The one I immediately thought of (I reserve the right to post more if I think of them) was when someone wrote:

"I never take notes when I go to conferences and workshops. I just tweet out my thoughts and reactions."

No, thanks. I stopped reading then and there.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:34 PM
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I just experienced one in real life!

Orientate.
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Any "news" article where less than a paragraph in they start talking about "reactions from Twitter". Unless it's from a mainstream source or somebody actually important I think anyone's Twitter opinion is worth less than the electricity generated to send it. Yes I really want to know what a man with ten followers and a single retweet thinks about President Trump on a frontpage article on CNN.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:00 PM
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Hey, you try writing headlines day in day out. Gotta get the damn paper out.
Hey, every now and then, you see a classic, Tornado Rips Through Cemetery, Dozens Feared Dead
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In fiction, overuse of unnecessary F-bombs. 4 times in the first two pages, and the events don't justify the word, I'm done.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:51 PM
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I don’t like it when writers drip disdain over the fat inhabitants of whatever town as a way to express contempt for the area. I guess it’s the “Walmart people” thing. So lazy. I lose respect and any interest in their “observations” when I see it.
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