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Mental Break

Forbidden Tech Words #1

I've said this elsewhere, but there is one technology-related word I would be thrilled to never, ever hear again.

That word is "Sexting."

I'm not sure if it's because I have a daughter (too young for the topic, but I am a paranoid dad and can imagine the future version of it will be even worse), or because of the icky, icky handling of the subject by the media. Maybe it's because I find "Sexting" itself so objectionable. I was never that comfortable with the concept of phone sex, either, especially seeing it played out in the movie "The Truth About Cats and Dogs."

Am I being prudish? I don't think so. It can't be normal that when I hear that word, my ears shrink a bit into themselves and I feel the need to take a scalding shower and then go lie down. Maybe it's because combining "Sex" and "texting" is both clever and lazy.

Maybe I'll get used to it. I used to have the same reaction when "Weblogs" became the word "Blog."

What tech-related words drive you batty?

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