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Special snowflake has lost all wit...

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SexDrugsAndSausagesrolls Wed 28-Sep-16 08:10:22

I smiled the first time I read it for its apt usage.

Now it's 90% of the time being used as (weak) attempt to bully down opinion. Oh your child has a hint of non-conformity-well stop raising a special snowflake. Or you don't agree with me-SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE!

Even "boils my piss" never began to...well 'boil my piss' in over usage.

I guess though if this offends you, or that this is a thread about a thousand others, you are one in your books?

I don't disagree with strong opinion... But wit and humour never hurt if that's what you're actually aiming for...

LadyConstanceDeCoverlet Wed 28-Sep-16 08:11:31

Given that Mail readers seem to have taken it up in a big way, I completely agree.

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Wed 28-Sep-16 08:13:54

MN & MNers can do what they like and use whatever phrases they like. You are not the language police.

Or are you just a special snowflake who should be pandered to?


SexDrugsAndSausagesrolls Wed 28-Sep-16 08:20:34

I'm not saying people can't use it! I'm not policing language....

I'm saying it's not funny, and sounds daft.

We are quite free to be unfunny and daft sounding :-)

Teahornet Wed 28-Sep-16 08:23:14

Trying to unpick your argument here. So, what you're saying is that if anyone doesn't mind the expression 'special snowflake', or complains that your thread is about a thousand other threads, then the indifferent/complainers must themselves be special snowflakes?

SexDrugsAndSausagesrolls Wed 28-Sep-16 08:24:49

Yep tea hornet this is the gist, it's not the most serious manifesto is it.

a7mints Wed 28-Sep-16 08:37:03

I don't think it is supposed to be 'funny' hmm

TwinkleTwinkleLittleBat Wed 28-Sep-16 08:42:29

I agree with you OP. But then I've long thought the same about that other Mn favourite 'PFB' too.

MadHattersWineParty Wed 28-Sep-16 08:46:35

I do t think it's a 'funny phrase'

But there are a lot of Special Snowflakes IMO grin

MadHattersWineParty Wed 28-Sep-16 08:47:28


And I don't think I actually see it much on here. PFB used way more.

ShebaShimmyShake Wed 28-Sep-16 08:51:57

It's an absolutely ancient phrase that originates from the Fight Club line about not being a unique and beautiful snowflake. It's been all over the internet for about ten years.

Rockpebblestone Wed 28-Sep-16 08:52:46

I don't think name calling, which 'special snowflake' is, strengthens any argument. 'Special snowflake' and 'PFB' both make reference to quite derogatory stereotypes - which are not really relevant in any reasonable argument. Even if the stereotype appears to fit, it does nothing to truly aid understanding as to the context of a situation and is often used in order to shut down discussion over why certain behaviours might be occurring.

wanderings Wed 28-Sep-16 08:57:33

I thought it was coined by the Lego Movie!

BeyondASpecialSnowflake Wed 28-Sep-16 09:21:58


Thejubremonyatthelibrary Wed 28-Sep-16 09:22:36

'hacks' is the one that I think is overused.

'27 million cooking hacks that WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE'
'Make-up hacks you never knew about'
'Amazing life hacks - make a shelving unit out of toilet rolls and glitter' etc.

Fuck off.

BeyondASpecialSnowflake Wed 28-Sep-16 09:23:17

"Hack" makes me stabby.....


emotionsecho Wed 28-Sep-16 09:25:47

Thankfully that dreadful "Are you/they on glue" seems to be fading into the dim and distant past, it was never witty or funny and the rush to be the first person to post it on a thread was pathetic.

I wish MNHQ would drop the biscuit emoticon, it is well past the sell by date.

ftw Wed 28-Sep-16 09:28:01

'Makes me stabby' makes me stabby special. grin

BeyondASpecialSnowflake Wed 28-Sep-16 09:31:27

Ta da! grin

MistressMerryWeather Wed 28-Sep-16 09:31:59

I can't take anyone who uses the phrase 'Special snowflake' seriously.

In my mind, the poster morphs into an angsty teen haveing an argument on a gaming forum.

It's embarrassing to see adults use it.

MistressMerryWeather Wed 28-Sep-16 09:34:21

Nooo Beyond.

All I see now is a gurning Emo teenager with floppy hair wearing a HIM hoody.

RhodaBull Wed 28-Sep-16 09:35:43

Well I think it's a good phrase. It encapsulates someone who thinks they are somehow "different" when they are just the same as everyone else just more entitled. There are a lot of them about, so definitely not very special!

SexDrugsAndSausagesrolls Wed 28-Sep-16 09:36:15

Oh beyond pats hair and smiles

RhodaBull Wed 28-Sep-16 09:36:52

And don't insult my ds's HIM hoody! I think he's wearing it today...

MistressMerryWeather Wed 28-Sep-16 09:39:42

No insults here. grin

I used to quite like them as a teen.

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