Every gig has its downside.  You dont stiff Luke Cage his fee, you don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t tell Les Nessman he doesn’t need walls.  In my day job, there are a few triggers that always set me off (the phrase “You people” is a biggie) but the top-notch, number one berzerk button for me on a professional level is anyone who attempts to micromanage my word usage.  As a person who talks for a living, and has done so since the Clinton administration, I will chafe greatly at having my choice of wording challenged (one schmuck manager commanded me to stop using the word “punitive,” f’rinstance) leading to today’s expressive query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) should note this doesn’t apply to profanity or business standards, but still resents being forced to mispronounce ” realtor” in a voice-over, asking: What about your favorite pop culture sets off your personal Berzerk Button?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Smart guys are dumb about normal things.
    The idea that anyone who is academically gifted or interested in stereotypically nerdy hobbies must be like a D&D wizards taking Charisma as a dump stat really grinds my gears.
    Yeah I’m looking at you Big Bang Theory

  2. When every character of a certain belief, lifestyle, nationality, etc. is portrayed as a walking stereotype. Not every lesbian is a man hating butch. Not every Christian is a sanctimonious bigot. Not every Japanese schoolgirl is a ninja. Not every Star Trek fan lives in his mother’s basement. It is one thing if a few characters fall into those categories because there are some people like that, but it breaks the immersion and especially the enjoyment when EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER of a certain group is portrayed as exactly the same.

    • Oh my god yes. Company wars are the most ridiculous thing. Nobody would watch only one television network or listen to music from just one label. Why on earth would anyone restrict themselves to playing only one rpg or reading one publisher’s comics.

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