Nothing New

What does the whole “self-partnered” thing mean? Well, it comes from a Vogue article profiling English Actress Emma Watson:

“I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel,” she continues. “I was like, ‘This is totally spiel.’ It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”

That’s basically it. She said it and then, as things do, it exploded onto Twitter, was hashtagified, and now is as common to see as 30 to 50 feral hogs in a rural American yard.

And even so, it is not nearly as ubiquitous as “Ok boomer.”

For fear of starting a war between generations, we won’t comment on this hot-button retort, except to say that it’s nothing new. No, we don’t mean tension between the youths and the elderly. We mean that it is just one in a long line of many dismissive retorts that follow a similar construction, such as:

Ok bloomer - Said by Bonsai enthusiasts to flower gardeners, meant to deride the latter’s enthusiasm for “the quick flashy fix” rather than something that requires more patience.

Ok groomer - Among high-profile dog stylists/influencers, there is nothing worse than being referred to as a mere “groomer.”

Ok DOOMer - A phrase often heard during gaming discussions in the late 90s, usually spoken by an Unreal fan to someone who called the newest generation of FPS’s “too complicated.”

Ok Computer - What Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke said to Capitol Records execs when they said that they’d run the numbers and didn’t believe the new, more experimental songs would find an audience; later used as the name of their iconic album.

Of course, there are many more variations that we don’t have space for, so feel free to post your own in the comments. And buy some shirts! They’re topical!

#tees by Marcee Pauff

Marcee Pauff? More like M-cee Pauff, amirite?! Because she’s always spinning projects around quickly and efficiently in her marketing and advertising work. Or integrating an 80s movie quote seamlessly into conversation, just as an MC works the perfect diss into a rhyme during a rap battle. Or having a husband… and two kids… like some MCs do? Okay, look, the whole thing sorta broke down there. But what we were getting at still stands: Marcee Pauff is cool, and you should check out her website, and follow her on all the usual social medias: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Nothing New

What does the whole “self-partnered” thing mean? Well, it comes from a Vogue article profiling English Actress Emma Watson:

“I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel,” she continues. “I was like, ‘This is totally spiel.’ It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”

That’s basically it. She said it and then, as things do, it exploded onto Twitter, was hashtagified, and now is as common to see as 30 to 50 feral hogs in a rural American yard.

And even so, it is not nearly as ubiquitous as “Ok boomer.”

For fear of starting a war between generations, we won’t comment on this hot-button retort, except to say that it’s nothing new. No, we don’t mean tension between the youths and the elderly. We mean that it is just one in a long line of many dismissive retorts that follow a similar construction, such as:

Ok bloomer - Said by Bonsai enthusiasts to flower gardeners, meant to deride the latter’s enthusiasm for “the quick flashy fix” rather than something that requires more patience.

Ok groomer - Among high-profile dog stylists/influencers, there is nothing worse than being referred to as a mere “groomer.”

Ok DOOMer - A phrase often heard during gaming discussions in the late 90s, usually spoken by an Unreal fan to someone who called the newest generation of FPS’s “too complicated.”

Ok Computer - What Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke said to Capitol Records execs when they said that they’d run the numbers and didn’t believe the new, more experimental songs would find an audience; later used as the name of their iconic album.

Of course, there are many more variations that we don’t have space for, so feel free to post your own in the comments. And buy some shirts! They’re topical!

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