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To find the use of the word 'curating' utterly wnakery and pretentious?

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GetafixTheDruid · 07/07/2017 05:45

I've noticed it being used more and more. Today on Facebook a Boden ad popped up - 'we're curating a collection of clothing for all the family' Hmm. What a load of bobbins.

Also, home interior magazines. 'Saskia curates a collection of bohemian trinkets and retro objects' Saskia has a load of old car boot tut in her drawing room.

Unless you are in charge of a museum using the word 'curating' should be banned, you pretentious arses.

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MrsJayy · 07/07/2017 08:48

Oh this is a wonderful space it is a frigging room kirsty I cant watch home buying programmes because of the over use of space

adjsavedmylife · 07/07/2017 08:49

Handcrafted. Urgh. Especially when used by the likes of Dominos pizza.

SchadenfreudePersonified · 07/07/2017 08:52

Thank you altered. That has safeguarded my vertiginous mental health. I'm now going to source some peanuts from the cupboard, hand-pick them out of the bag and curate them into my gob while I speak to this thread.

They are locally sourced from Tesco, hacked with a £4 off voucher gifted to me by that easy-to-browse supermarket.

whatnow17 · 07/07/2017 08:52

I agree OP. I thought you meant it was pretentious in a museum context and came on to say that no it isn't. I didn't realise the likes of Boden were using it. Curating a collection of clothes - yes at the V & A (I know someone who does this), otherwise it's pure bollocks. Yet more hipster/instagram type bollocks.

YoungBritishPissArtist · 07/07/2017 08:54

May I add populate? I've seen this on some wanky design blogs, "I then populated the bar cart and bookshelf with..."

SchadenfreudePersonified · 07/07/2017 08:55


I've never seen that one! It gives me new levels of wankery to aim for!

tigerdriverII · 07/07/2017 08:55

That Forbes article: how does anyone write that toss with a straight face, it's pure bollocks.

On another note, predictive text just gifted me "bollworms " for bollocks. I don't know what a bollworm is but i may have to curate it into my collection of insults du jour Grin

SoftBlocks · 07/07/2017 08:57

'Hero' beauty products.

And curated, of course. YANBU.

Halsall · 07/07/2017 08:59

Come, come, surely we can't have overlooked 'archive'?

Common folk buy a pair of trousers, wear them for the winter then put them away in a drawer in summer when they switch to cooler clothes.

When you're achingly on-trend, you source A Trouser, add it to your existing collection of Trousers, edit and mais naturellement curate it, then archive it. Possibly to hand down to your teenage daughter, who's already sooooo into anything pre-loved.

Mulledwine1 · 07/07/2017 09:09

I don't like "gift" used as a verb, either. You GIVE something. You don't gift it.

Curate doesn't annoy me as much as the above, but then I work in information management, so I do curate content. But you could also say I select content, or write it, or edit it, or all of those things!

bbcessex · 07/07/2017 09:11

As an old gimmer, I feel compelled to stand up for the PowerPoint slide 'deck'!

It's a slide deck.. PowerPoint took over from transparencies that were used on an Overhead projector.. our stack of transparencies was always called a deck..(like cards) hence why PowerPoint users picked up the phrase.

So I propose deck is removed from Dictionary of Wank Grin

SchadenfreudePersonified · 07/07/2017 09:12


Aaaaaaaaaargh! I HATE that expression!

TheTurnOfTheScrew · 07/07/2017 09:13

i wondered if we'd already had "edit".

After work I am going to go to Tesco, to curate some items from the Spring/Summer '18 vegetable collection, so that I can present my family with the Ratatouille Edit for supper.

MintyChops · 07/07/2017 09:13

I am in a fucking RAGE at all this pretentious, wanky bollocks. I'm so sick of these twats saying "I curated my artisan sourdough experience myself". You made a sandwich dickhead. It's the emperor's new clothes. When will these little wankers realise that choosing something YOU like does not mean CURATING. It means CHOOSING SOMETHING YOU LIKE. We can all do it, it's not hard, we just don't pretend we are doing something exceptional and call it curating. Cunts. Imagine being an ACTUAL curator and having to listen to this? Jesus.

Aaaaaaaaaand, breathe.

LazyDailyMailJournos · 07/07/2017 09:15

I hate:

Hacks (when so many of them are not bloody 'hacks')
Midget-trees (it's fucking 'broccoli' Joe Wicks you high pitched wanker)
Making memories
Anything that's 'deconstructed' (principally because it usually involves smearing things across plates, so in order to try and get any of the delicious sauce/caramel/whatever, you're reduced to scraping frantically at the dish whilst chasing loose biscuit crumbs around. FUCK OFF - give me a slab of everything together!).

I have concluded I am a curmudgeon and middle-aged, because suddenly a lot of what makes sense to the younger lot, seems like a bonkers version of the emperor's new clothes to me.

Wincher · 07/07/2017 09:15

Another annoying work one that gets used a lot around where I work is 'across the piece'. It makes no sense!

newdocket · 07/07/2017 09:17

OMG yes! I also dislike 'training' for going to the gym.

MaudAndOtherPoems · 07/07/2017 09:17

It's interesting how much of this comes from the fashion/art/design world. Have we yet deconstructed talked about the singular trouser, as in Talullah has curated the definitive trouser from the autumn collection"? Pffttt!

LakieLady · 07/07/2017 09:22

In one of his books (possibly Notes From a Small Island), Bill Bryson does a brilliant piss-take of pretentious menu bollock-speak.

His description of a glass of water sums it all up.

LakieLady · 07/07/2017 09:24

Have we yet deconstructed talked about the singular trouser

I'm afraid I curated the singular trouser upthread. Styled with a singular shoe, iirc.

Laiste · 07/07/2017 09:26

Is using the word 'myself' all the bloody time when it should be plain old 'me' linked to this phenomenon i wonder?

Trying to make everything sound more serious and important ... but ending up just sounding like a twat.

EarlessToothlessVagabond · 07/07/2017 09:27

Was your wnakery a deliberate typo OP? Makes me think of Wnaky Baskets on here many a moon ago. They would definitely be a curated sensory experience for your child's space these days.

YouTheCat · 07/07/2017 09:29

I think this demonstrates the kind of wankery we are talking about here.
kkkkaty123 · 07/07/2017 09:33

Hydrate i was at dd sports day yesterday and the pe teAcher kept shouting down the microphone every 5 mins "remember to hydrate yourselves people". What's wrong with drink some fucking water Wink

MaudAndOtherPoems · 07/07/2017 09:33

So sorry to have missed your contribution, LakieLady. I shall be curating my makeup today with a smokey eye and a nude lip the other half of my face will be naked.

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