this is a snowflake.

a snowflake

a snowflake (kenneth g. libbrecht)

according to legend, no two snowflakes are alike (the same). they are special and unique (one of a kind, original). but according to tyler durban, brad pitt‘s character in the movie fight club, people are not like snowflakes. specifically he says…

listen up, maggots. u are not special. u are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. u are the same decaying organic matter as everything else. we are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world. we are all part of the same compost heap.

listen up means pay attention. maggot is an insult. its original definition is fly larva, i.e. (in other words), a baby fly. decay means deteriorate, decompose. crap is a softer way to say shit. compost is decomposed organic matter that is used as fertilizer. a heap is a pile. this is tyler durban’s speech.

fun elt practice richyrocks english on youtube

many people credit this short speech with creating a new application for the word snowflake. and chuck palahniuk, the author of the book that the movie was based on accepts this credit, as indicated in this headline from the independent website

Chuck Palahniuk takes credit for ‘snowflake’ term, thinks the Left needs to get its shit together

the left refers to political liberals. get their shit together means organize better. or specifically, as palahniuk explains in the article, be less offended.

the cover of the book fight club

the book

the top definition for snowflake at the moment on urban dictionary confirms palahniuk’s opinion…

a term for someone that thinks they are unique and special, but really are not. it gained popularity after the movie fight club …… [it] began being used extensively as a putdown for someone, usually on the political left, who is easily offended or felt they needed a “safe space” away from the harsh realities of the world, but now has morphed into a general putdown for anyone that complains about any subject.

gain means get more. a putdown is an insult. harsh means hard, cruel. morph into means become. complain means verbally express disagreement or frustration.

a fry (futurama) meme u complain about my complaining. isn't that complaining?


on, jessica m. goldstein said this about the use of snowflake

it’s hard to think of [an insult] that so clearly conveys so many flaws at once: fragility and self-importance, weakness and self-delusion.

convey is communicate. flaws are imperfections. self-importance is a person exaggerating how important they are, self-delusion is a person failing to accept reality. weakness is the opposite of strength. fragility is the noun equivalent of fragile which means easy to break and is the title of this kygo and labrinth track.

goldstein’s article quotes jonathon green, an author of several slang dicitionaries, who said that the power of snowflake as an insult…

works in two ways. it melts under the heat, it has no backbone, no spine, no guts, no spirit, anything. it just fades away as soon as people are nasty to it. and the other side is the special side of it. every little snowflake is different and has its own identity.

melt means go from snow to water. backbone and spine are synonyms that indicate strength of character or determination. guts means courage, grit. fade away means gradually disappear. as soon as means at that moment. nasty is mean, bad. it was also the title of a huge hit by janet jackson in 1986.

and goldstein also includes this more aggressive definition of snowflake that is full of vocabulary to talk about emotions in the 21st century

an entitled millennial sjw-tard who runs to her “safe space” to play with stress toys and coloring books when she gets ‘triggered” by various innocuousmicroaggressions

millennials are currently between the ages of 23-38 (roughly). sjw-tard is an invented word. sjw stands for social justice warrior. it is used sarcastically. -tard is a fashionable slang suffix added to insult someone by saying they are stupid. the origin of this trend is the word retard. BE CAREFUL. retard refers to a person who is mentally retarded and is considered highly offensive to some people. words that have the -tard suffix can be considered offensive too. entitled means believing that u deserve something, a few years before the first millennials were born, entitled was used by both tom cruise and jack nicholson in this famous scene from the movie a few good men. there is a parody of this scene on the richyrocks youtube channel. watch it here.

stress toys relieve stress. coloring books are full of blank drawings; color is added with crayons, colored pencils, etc. triggered in this context is when an event causes painful memories and a strong, possibly excessive reaction. innocuous means inoffensive. microaggressions are subtle, unintentional acts of discrimination.

dancing groot toy

dancing groot is a stress toy. it will dance to any music it hears, thus relieving stress for snowflakes.

are people in the 21st century too sensitive? is snowflake a good insult? do u ever call people snowflakes? share your opinions under leave a reply




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