Books Read in 2007
27 September 2007
One of the categories on Says You this week was defining words that have been posted to Addictionary, a site where people make up words and define them. For example, "bozone" is "the substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating."
"Foreploy" is "Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid."
"Mamafia" is "Overzealous mothers who intimidate principals and rule the roost."
"Queerantine" is "to be shut off from (some elements of) society due to sexual preference."
My favorite word, though was "irritainment," which is defined as "Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them." It is such a perfect word that I hope people start using it!
Now that the fall season of TV, new programs and returning old favorites, is in full swing, I thought I'd confess to some of my personal "irritainments." There are a lot of shows that I watch which are good quality (some may disagree with Grey's Anatomy, Boston Legal in that category, but I consider them respectable programs and am not ashamed to admit that I'm addicted to them).
But I'm talking about the shows that are bad or stupid or whatever, but that I am still addicted to. Now if I watched The Bachelor, that would be at the top of my irritainment list, but I do have some modicum of taste and so I have never watched an episode of The Bachelor.
(Feel free to assemble your own irritainment list and we'll compare notes!)
Topping the list of irritainments are the cooking contest shows. That would be Top Chef, Next Food Network Star and any of the contests on Food Network, like Iron Chef and the multitude of design shows, like making impossible cakes or confections or things like that. I suppose that for someone who reads cookbooks with the same interest as most people read novels, this is not surprising. I also love the cake decorating contests, as a former cake decorator who can't even begin to think of doing things this complicated, but who can admire the artistry.
Dancing with the Stars started back this week. I don't know what the appeal of this show is. Most of the "stars" are people I've never heard of and I've never been particularly into dance, yet I get really wrapped up in it.
I never watched Nip/Tuck until Rosie O'Donnell announced she was going to be on it. I watched the 2 episodes she was in and thought it was a pretty dumb show. But then she announced she's going to be a recurring character and that they were running old episodes, I started recording them. It's a soap opera, and it's dumb, and I'm hooked.
Then there is Regis and Kelly, which I sometimes like, sometimes wonder what I'm doing watching, but which bridges the gap between Today Show #1 and Today Show #2 in our area, so I watch it every morning, unless I'm doing something else.
I haven't decided if I'm going to add Kid Nation to my list of irritainments yet or not. I watched the first episode and could see what the critics were complaining about, but I also saw stuff I didn't expect to see (counseling by adults for difficult situations). I'm going to give it a couple more weeks before deciding to be embarrassed about watching it, or give it up.
There are many other shows to which I am addicted, but I'm not embarrassed to admit watching them!
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