Maybe I’ve just been ultra-sensitive recently, but it seems to me that the latest fad around here is to begin every thread with one of three things:
1)“Pitting…”, as in “Pitting my dead goldfish and the toilet I flushed him down”
- “I Pit thee…”, as in “I Pit thee, guy who left the giant log in my toilet”
3)“In which I Pit…”, as in “In which I Pit my dog for some esoteric reason that doesn’t matter”
Again, this may be my imagination, but this seems to be the latest fad in Pit thread titling. I haven’t bothered to do a search, but on the front page right now there are 6 examples of this type of thread titling (7 if you count this parody of those threads), and there are countless other examples that aren’t on the front page but are pretty easily searched out if you want to do so.
The reason why I take such careful note of this, and the reason why I find it so mindlessly annoying, is because it is a restatement of something totally obvious. You’re posting it in the Pit. I think it’s safe to say that we know what’s coming, being in the Pit and all. It shows a total lack of creativity, and the threads with those titles suffer as a result.
Since this is a thread about things that really annoy me, I’ll just pile on and say a few more things that irritate me, the fads that never die:
- “Oh, and since this is the Pit”, followed by gratuitous swearing.
- “Gotcha ya”, “I burning your dog”, and numerous other catch phrases.
3)“Hi, Opal!” Need I say more?
- “Ah, they’re 1920s Style Death Rays…”
I once again respectfully submit that if you use any of those examples more than one or two times in your entire existence here on the SDMB you are a mindless, humorless automaton and should probably think about taking classes in creative writing or English composition so that you don’t have to rely on trite, boring, and juvenile writing examples that have long since worn out their welcome here.
As it is, I know this is a petty complaint, because nobody types stuff like “j00 r teh su><><0r!!!111!!1!” on a regular basis, and I think we’re all thankful for that, but with just a little effort, we can end this dependence on mind-numbingly stupid catch phrases and boring fads and make the SDMB a better place, and we can reclaim the Pit as a place where original and creative vitriol can be spewed once more without the restraints put upon us by inane thread titles and old-and-busted catch phrases. Thank you.