By any other name

Mikey 11 comments
By any other name

Kids these days. With their damn-fangled computer games and their MySpaces on the interwebs.

Gone are the days when kids would insult each other with terms like stupid-head or dumb-dumb. As a parent of two young daughters who get into the ruff'n'tumble more often than not, we always put a stop to the name calling as soon as it occurs.

So what do you do when one calls the other a 'bad bonus level'? All I could do was laugh my head off. It's not something that would offend anyone - except game designers perhaps. And how do you reprimand something like that anyway?

Is this the sort of insult we can expect from future generations? Or is it my fault for giving my daughter her first PC when she was just 2.5 years old? I don't know the answer to that.

At first I couldn't see the harm in what I am now officially dubbing NANC - or Nerd Analogy Name CallingTM. But then one day they could easily start calling fat kids 'bloatware' or refer to kids lacking social skills as having 'bad ADSL sync', which are less harmful than the alternatives 'Fatso' and 'Freak' but their impact might be the same none-the-less.

Anyway, NANC is a new phenomenon to us and we will watch it carefully, as should any other parent raising children in a generation far more cyber than when we were raised.

Happy parenting.

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Friday 28th September 2007 | 11:18 PM

'bad bonus level" they say sticks and stones and names will never hurt.....................
that would have sounded funny.

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Alter Ego

Tuesday 2nd October 2007 | 08:03 PM

At a place I used to work, we used to talk as if we were all objects.

For example.

AlterEgo objAlterEgo = new AlterEgo();

objAlterEgo.IsGoingToLunch = true;

objAlterEgo.IsGoingToMeeting = true;

It was pathetic, but we all laughed at it.

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Tuesday 2nd October 2007 | 08:09 PM

NANC - love it. Trademarked already hey? ;-p

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Wednesday 10th October 2007 | 01:29 PM

The entrepreneur in me can see a new line of T-shirts.

You better Wiki that term as the creator before it takes off.

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Alter Ego

Wednesday 10th October 2007 | 06:58 PM

Thanks Jake, I think I will! I can see it now...

Set objJake = new Jake();
objJake.wantsSomeMyProfit = true;


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Thursday 11th October 2007 | 09:02 AM

Love it!

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Alter Ego

Friday 12th October 2007 | 07:30 PM

I think you meant...

Set objJake = new Jake();
objJake.LovesIt = true;

LOL @ myself

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Friday 12th October 2007 | 07:43 PM

As much as I would like to wiki NANC it would violate their terms and conditions :-(

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Wednesday 24th October 2007 | 12:29 AM

nanc...i like it. you have to make it an annual thing like talk like a pirate day.

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Tuesday 26th February 2008 | 11:04 PM

You have to trademark that. if you don't I will!

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Sunday 11th May 2008 | 08:10 AM

You've gotta be joking? That's too funny

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