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02 Dec 2012 10:46 AM   |   8043 clicks   |   Slate
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urban.derelict     
Money talks.
Talk is cheap.
Time = money.

02 Dec 2012 08:17 AM
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Pud    [TotalFark]  
Interesting that you would ask subby,

02 Dec 2012 08:22 AM
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Mugato    [TotalFark]  
It a sign of being polite yet condescending. Like when someone writes an article for Slate about bullshiat that's entirely too long to read, if the author asked my opinion of it, the reply would be "interesting".

02 Dec 2012 08:23 AM
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St_Francis_P     
On Fark, the tag is generally used to lend legitimacy to conspiracy laden political rants.

02 Dec 2012 08:24 AM
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cman    [TotalFark]  
Because all of a sudden idioms become normal speech. How come? Ask your physician

02 Dec 2012 08:33 AM
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elvisaintdead    [TotalFark]  
Because "boobs" was already taken. Duh.

02 Dec 2012 08:50 AM
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edmo    [TotalFark]  
Oh do you now?

images.sodahead.com

02 Dec 2012 08:50 AM
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aimtastic    [TotalFark]  
That article is the opposite of interesting.

02 Dec 2012 08:51 AM
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Generation_D    [TotalFark]  
One of those opposites things.

"Oh, thats interesting" -- no it isnt.

02 Dec 2012 09:07 AM
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Mentat    [TotalFark]  
Because there's no "Kick Ass!" tag.

02 Dec 2012 09:21 AM
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CreamFilling     
Interesting is neutral in terms of agreeing or disagreeing. You think Obama is a zombie Kenyan warlord? That's interesting. Now I've acknowledged your statement, so you don't need to repeat it, but I haven't made any sort of ideological commitment to it.

02 Dec 2012 09:28 AM
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dugitman    [TotalFark]  
"It will be interesting to see..." makes me cringe. Yeah? How do you know it isnt going to be boring as hell to see?
 
/sorry, pet peave

02 Dec 2012 09:48 AM
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NFA    [TotalFark]  
3.bp.blogspot.com

02 Dec 2012 10:09 AM
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ToxicMunkee     
Maybe I really DO find people's love of Honey Boo Boo and her fat redneck clan interesting. You don't know.

02 Dec 2012 10:27 AM
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ThatGuyGreg     
Fascinating.

02 Dec 2012 10:27 AM
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MaudlinMutantMollusk    [TotalFark]  
Not interested

02 Dec 2012 10:47 AM
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reillan     
May you live in interesting times.

02 Dec 2012 10:48 AM
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DaCaptain19     

dugitman: "It will be interesting to see..." makes me cringe. Yeah? How do you know it isnt going to be boring as hell to see?
 
/sorry, pet peavepeeve


/sorry, pet peeve...puppet

02 Dec 2012 10:50 AM
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swaxhog     
Cool.

02 Dec 2012 10:53 AM
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DaCaptain19     

Generation_D: One of those opposites things.

"Oh, thats interesting" -- no it isnt.


Or maybe it is, but you're just a boring puppet.

A puppet which apparently doesn't believe in apostrophes.

02 Dec 2012 10:54 AM
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Summer Glau's Love Slave     
davidlasnier.com 

/Seriously.

02 Dec 2012 10:58 AM
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DoctorCal     

I did find TFA interesting, and given the opportunity, would like to read the book.


To deem something "interesting" is to promise to return to it. It's a judgment that doesn't really say anything, beyond forestalling that judgment, like a (per Ngai) "sticky note" amid an endless wash of data. At its most thoughtful, calling something "interesting" might be an expression of indeterminacy, a placeholder for a future conversation. But more often than not, it's just conversational filler, something dropped in when you don't feel like judging at all.

02 Dec 2012 11:00 AM
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thisiszombocom     
c257.r57.cf3.rackcdn.com

02 Dec 2012 11:00 AM
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Gordon Bennett     
Because we are too polite to tell you that your poetry and drawings are shiat.

02 Dec 2012 11:01 AM
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Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  
24.media.tumblr.com

02 Dec 2012 11:01 AM
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Karma Curmudgeon    [TotalFark]  
i.imgflash.com

02 Dec 2012 11:02 AM
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RevCarter     
One of my Linguistic Anthropology professors forbade the use of the word "interesting" in our assignments.

He said it's the word people use when they have nothing to say.

02 Dec 2012 11:03 AM
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prjindigo     
It is because most of you shiats are too stupid to understand there is a maximum level of intelligence that can be forced through a language but that level is so far beyond your comprehension that you say "interesting" when it is NOT interesting.

Look up the following words and use them.
Catchy
Cloying
Abrupt
Contrast
Ironic

02 Dec 2012 11:04 AM
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Abox     
1.bp.blogspot.com 
Monsters are such IN-teresting people!

02 Dec 2012 11:04 AM
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Abox     

thisiszombocom: [c257.r57.cf3.rackcdn.com image 620x348]


dang it

02 Dec 2012 11:05 AM
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Smeggy Smurf     

Mugato: It a sign of being polite yet condescending. Like when someone writes an article for Slate about bullshiat that's entirely too long to read, if the author asked my opinion of it, the reply would be "interesting".


My my how nice

02 Dec 2012 11:05 AM
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KrispyKritter    [TotalFark]  
i knew a very maladjusted, disturbed nitwit. one of the rare fellows you'll ever meet that has one hand permanently in contact with his package, even if he was talking to his mother. i doubt even he knew what was going on his mind most the time. his go-to response for way too many things was to utter "interesting".

02 Dec 2012 11:06 AM
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LonMead     
Finds the article VEERRRRY....
nakedphilly.com ... well, you know...

02 Dec 2012 11:12 AM
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Lenny_da_Hog    [TotalFark]  
i262.photobucket.com

02 Dec 2012 11:14 AM
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nytmare     
At first I was kind of interested, then became more interested, VERY interested.

Then not interested.

thumbnails.hulu.com

02 Dec 2012 11:18 AM
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dugitman    [TotalFark]  

prjindigo: It is because most of you shiats are too stupid to understand there is a maximum level of intelligence that can be forced through a language but that level is so far beyond your comprehension that you say "interesting" when it is NOT interesting.

 
 
i107.photobucket.com

02 Dec 2012 11:19 AM
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lycanth     
She lost me before the second paragraph. Iht article was ultimately uninteresting. Also, the author and subject have too much time on their hands.

02 Dec 2012 11:21 AM
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Generation_D    [TotalFark]  

DaCaptain19: Generation_D: One of those opposites things.

"Oh, thats interesting" -- no it isnt.

Or maybe it is, but you're just a boring puppet.

A puppet which apparently doesn't believe in apostrophes.


You forgot to post your Bob The Angry Flower pic.

02 Dec 2012 11:26 AM
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bgarrett     
Its 'interesting' that Slate advertises gun safes. Those people are scared of the government THEY elected!

02 Dec 2012 11:29 AM
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pjbreeze     
Obviously this will go down in history.

02 Dec 2012 11:29 AM
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Wasilla Hillbilly     
A bit embarrassing in that 'interesting' is basically my generic response to things. I don't say it sarcastically though, it's essentially my way of acknowledging you when I have nothing intelligent to add.

02 Dec 2012 11:35 AM
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Rich Cream     
Yet another convoluted tome describing nothing more than some young person's inner exploration of their own psyche as they try to better understand themselves.

/what do you mean "WE", Kimosabee?

02 Dec 2012 11:36 AM
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abhorrent1     
It's a back-handed compliment

02 Dec 2012 11:37 AM
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Vector R     
Because it's nicer than saying "Well, that story was boring as fark and now I'm going to go to something more interesting, like scratch my junk and then rummage around in the communal doughnut box."

02 Dec 2012 11:37 AM
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Begoggle     
tldr;

02 Dec 2012 11:39 AM
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ayenull     
www.stinky-dog.com

02 Dec 2012 11:41 AM
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Balchinian     
We use the word "interesting" because all of the truly descriptive and useful words have been deemed politically incorrect or socially insensitive. What you are witnessing is the initial phase of the collapse of the ability of human beings to communicate meaningfully. It is a very dangerous and frightening thing to anyone who has studied the history of human civilizations.

02 Dec 2012 11:42 AM
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special20    [TotalFark]  

Balchinian: We use the word "interesting" because all of the truly descriptive and useful words have been deemed politically incorrect or socially insensitive. What you are witnessing is the initial phase of the collapse of the ability of human beings to communicate meaningfully. It is a very dangerous and frightening thing to anyone who has studied the history of human civilizations.


That's not at all interesting.

02 Dec 2012 11:43 AM
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Raider_dad     
Interesting has always been code for SUCKS , at least to me.

02 Dec 2012 11:43 AM
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GBB     

ThatGuyGreg: Fascinating.


02 Dec 2012 11:46 AM
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