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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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honeylulu · 07/07/2017 11:28

No one "goes to the gym " or jogs or runs anymore. It's always "training".

StealthPolarBear · 07/07/2017 11:31

Hydrate to me makes it sound like an urgent medical need rather than being a bit thirsty.
I find the signs on the tube telling you to carry a bottle of water patronising. I'll carry Diet Coke thanks, in a can.

nina2b · 07/07/2017 11:32

I think curated is quite a good word to apply to interiors. Not everyone just picks up bric a brac at charity shops or st car boot sales.

nina2b · 07/07/2017 11:32

or at

Hobbitch · 07/07/2017 11:34

One of my pet hates too! I think the most ridiculous use of that word I've ever seen was in a Katy Perry interview when she was saying that her doctor was curating supplements and vitamins for her. I get the rage just remembering it!

SaskiaRembrandtWasFramed · 07/07/2017 11:42

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

Are you spying on me? Gives OP a suspicious look Hmm

testing123testing123 · 07/07/2017 11:46

I've been wanting to post about this exact thing! Most overused (and incorrectly used) word of the year

theoldtrout01876 · 07/07/2017 11:57

My MAJOR pet hate is artisanal. Pisses me off big time.

I have no idea why but it does and Dh finds it all very amusing as I rant "arti fckin sanal poncy twats" every time I see it used Grin. Totally unable to help myself.

nina2b · 07/07/2017 12:05

Interesting that the letters anal are part of that deeply stupid, made-up word...

LazyDailyMailJournos · 07/07/2017 12:09

I can't look at the word 'artisanal' any more without being reminded of the MN thread about pretentiousness, where a poster shared a gem about a couple asking people to remove outdoor shoes and help themselves to a pair of Toast (IIRC?) 'artisanal slippers' from the basket next to the front door...

toomuchtooold · 07/07/2017 12:12

I'm so glad that "sourced" has been given a kicking. "Curated" hasn't been around long enough for me to really react to it, but "sourced" is like nails down a fucking blackboard.

Can I have "running" instead of jogging? What was wrong with jogging? If you're doing 5k in 30 minutes that's fucking jogging. Running is the speed you go for when you're about to miss the bus and there's not another one for half an hour.

Mulledwine1 · 07/07/2017 12:16

Oooh you'll have all the running/jogging people on your back now toomuch

I convey myself around my local 5k parkrun course in 24 minutes. Am I allowed to say I run :)

I do often record my solo runs as "lunchtime jog".

I really couldn't care less whether someone says jog or run.

wasonthelist · 07/07/2017 12:18


Also anyone except a serious academic talking about taxonomy can fuck off to fuck and then fuck off some more.

This is ALL the fault of people in the USA.

KatherinaMinola · 07/07/2017 12:19

Has anyone posted this yet?

Tossers curating everything

GetafixTheDruid · 07/07/2017 12:20

Minty - you are now my favourite. Love the rage.

earlesstoothlessvagabond it was a deliberate wnakery - I remember the baskets and their lentil weaving creators well.

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woodhill · 07/07/2017 12:31

I hate "pop".

e.g.Using a mauve eye shadow will make your green eyes pop. You mean enhance I take it.

GetafixTheDruid · 07/07/2017 12:33

Smile Katherina you can always rely on The Daily Mash.

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GetafixTheDruid · 07/07/2017 12:36

Oh and yes to whoever mentioned 'myself'
I had a customer service bod tell me they were going to 'help yourself get this sorted' when they were trying to fix my problem. Pah.

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ApocalypseNowt · 07/07/2017 12:40

My friend did the 3 peaks last weekend. In her group was a wealthy businessman who kept admonishing his wife to drink more water..

"Hydrate Barbara.....HYDRATE!!!!"

The new wank word at my work is 'granularity'. It mean detail.

ApocalypseNowt · 07/07/2017 12:42

Also I hate 'handmade/crafted' when it come to my food. I don't want some grotty little herbert's manky hands all over it.....let a nice clean machine slice my ham....please!

GimbleInTheWabe · 07/07/2017 13:01

I have sourced some amazing artisanal pieces that were kindly gifted to me. Check out my edit here for some colour pop inspo!

Intheknickersoftime · 07/07/2017 14:21

love the phrase "grotty little herbert" Grin

megletthesecond · 07/07/2017 14:31

See also 'reach out'.

I have reached out to the school office to check how much I owe for breakfast club. FFS.

PoochSmooch · 07/07/2017 15:52

Agree with the scourge on the English language that is sourcing, curating, hydrating, pampering and hacking. Can I also add saying "property", as in "we viewed a lovely property". You looked at a fucking house! (worse still if it's described as "exclusive" or "sought after"). See also clothes described as "investment pieces" - it's a jumper, FFS!

StarHeartDiamond · 07/07/2017 15:56

Oh and covets. It's bad enough when used by a magazine about someone else, but when it's an interview and the person (usually an aspiring luvvie or artsy) says "I am currently coveting my great-grandmother, Lady X of Greatmouthshire's , pearl and diamond earrings which were gifted to her as an anniversary gift by my great-grandfather, who often went to dinner with (insert old Hollywood name)"'s so much pretentious name, wealth and roots snobbery dropping in one go it gives me the rage.

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