Straight Up Catchphrases | Letter From An Editor

Dear Citizens,

In life, it is important that we come to terms with who we are. After all, who are we if we are not ourselves?

Lately, I have found myself coming to terms with the fact that I say "finna" too much. In fact, here is a list of things that I often find slipping out of my mouth:

  • Straight up
  • Directly down
  • Swag in a bag
  • Gottem
  • NICE/...nice/NOICE/noice/nice
  • Jack my swag
  • Universe on fleek
  • Hella pissed
  • I'll hold your head under if you hold mine
  • *dances behind someone*
  • The Patriots are cheaters but I hope they win the Super Bowl
  • Layout
  • I'm about to flip sh*t
  • F*ck
  • History is my best subject
  • Goddammit
  • *shmoneys*
…and no, it is quite obvious that these are terms I should not exactly be proud of. I call these phrases my "catchphrases" for obvious reasons. I make catchphrases for myself, my friends, and even my coach — his are the best. In a way, these catchphrases are what defines me as an individual.
   The majority of these are completely ironic. No, I do not think that I have swag, and nor will I let you jack it. Honestly, I just say that because Jenna Rose's My Jeans is making a comeback.
   Where does the line between irony and sincerity end? Just like the ironic "YOLO", after you say it enough times, you actually mean it.
   "Straight up" is something I find a way to work into the majority of my sentences. I will be having a conversation with a friend and ask him: "Straight up why aren't you coming tomorrow?", for dramatic effect. It's almost a little sad, because not only is "straight up" one of my catchphrases, but it's also become a habit.
   Catchphrases can be good or bad. Most of the things I listed above are funny little things I say to lighten the mood, or things I've become accustomed to saying. Although they make me sound uneducated — I swear people are allowed to say "fleek" and "shmoney" to their hearts desire without being judged — I can assure you that I am very much the opposite of uneducated.
   For a month or so, I had a thing with a guy who was not good for me. He was rude about my body, told me when he was hooking up with other girls, screwed things up between the guy I actually liked and me, was a total redneck, and a person with whom I was completely unable to hold an educated conversation. I had no idea why I kept going back to him, but I'm going to attribute it to the fact that he knew how to kiss, and that reason only. My friends hated him, my entire school hated him, his entire "friend" group was iffy about him, so why it took me as long as it did to get myself out of the situation as it did is still a mystery to me.
   Since so many horrible things happened between us, and I was constantly complaining about him, his name became one of my catchphrases. I only realized this the other day when my best friend gave me a list of my catchphrases, and his name appeared on the list twice. When I saw his (disgusting) name staring back at me, I knew it was time for me to be done with him. (I also knew I needed to be done with him when he drove down my street honking his car horn the entire way.)
   I spent so much of my time fretting about what he would think of me, what he had done wrong, and how to end things without screwing myself over, that he became a catchphrase.

One of the things I hated the most in this world became a catchphrase. 

Between the "swags" and the "fleeks" in this all over the place letter from an editor, the one moral I want everyone to draw out of this is don't let something you loathe take over your life and destroy it.
   The more you talk about it, think about it, or do anything about it, the more it engrosses you. I kept on promising my friends "No more talking to him", but I would continue to do so anyways. For that, I am not only a rotten friend, but I was untrue to myself as well. It got to a point where three of my closest friends saw me texting him and walked out of the classroom and refused to talk to me for the rest of the day.
   Have your catchphrases be the good kind, and not the bad kind. Not the kind that means you think about it too much.
As one of the wisest men to ever live said:

"The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference." 
- Elie Wiesel

Image: Fountain of Youth by Brian Donnelly 

Zoe A.

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