I realize that HarperCollins just included the word “meh” in their new English Dictionary, and English is a living language and all that, but seriously… now that “meh” is now a real word, can we all agree to never use it again?
They say patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, and sarcasm is for people who have run out of things to say, but “meh” is for people too fucking lazy to describe their own laziness. If you find something “vaguely uninteresting” or “boringly flawed”, then bloody well say so. There are lots of words you can use to describe your immense fatigue, including “I’m not interested in talking to you right now”, but “meh” is the endgame of communication, and is unacceptable in my household.
Alternatives? Sure! How about: lethargic, saturnine, blasé, world-weary, disconsolate, gloomy, irksome, tedious, wispy, bedimmed… or my favorite, invented by Jiffer and her friends: “schma-schma”. Let me use it in a sentence:
“How was your date last night?”
“I don’t know, I tried to talk to him, but he was all ‘schma-schma’.”
Here’s the thing: “meh” can only be said by letting your jaw droop open in an uninspired attempt to get a monosyllable out – your eyes have to be vacantly staring ahead, lids at half-mast, so bereft of thought, inspiration or opinion that you’ve resorted to the sated, existential grunt of Early Man. You’ve got to do better. If you’re that bored, why are you on the ride?