For some pre-millennial individuals, the use of the expression ‘deep‘ or ‘that’s deep‘ by millennials comes off as unpolished.
But hey, while I agree that the condescending regard of older adults can get quite irritating, the use of the ‘deep’ expression really is causing a nuisance.
The profound meaning of the word ‘deep‘ draws origin from the Old English word, ‘deop‘. In turn, the Old English draws origin from the Old Dutch word, ‘diep‘. In classical linguistic usage, ‘deep‘ as a single word, never described a ‘profound‘ or ‘extremely intelligent or brilliant‘ action.
Classically, the adjective ‘deep’ would be accompanied by a noun, distinctively expressing the profundity of that noun and serving the original purpose of an adjective: backing up nouns to make them look cooler.
But classical or not, the 2000’s would introduce a slightly different usage of the word, ‘deep‘. With the introduction of social media and texting, a newer, more concise language would be needed to communicate faster.
Thi meant that words and expressions needed to be represented with phonetic sounds rather than their real interpretations. ‘Deep‘ is one of such court text-words. This would mean that unlike originally designed, the word, ‘deep‘ would unlatch itself from the star-noun to stand on its own.
Not precisely remembering the exact day I came across this word while scrolling through my Instagram feed, I recall thinking to myself;
”So cool. Oh I cannot wait to try this word out”
And maybe, this same feeling is one every avid user of the word ‘deep‘ in the online society possesses.
In the beginning, as with new things, the usage of the word seemed lit. But also, like everything available on social media, the use of ‘deep‘ became banal.
Creatives and content creators spend time creating their art or content, share it on a social media platform and get a nonchalant ‘deep‘ commentary flung at them in the comment section. Before you go on might I reinstate how deeply annoying these comments are in this context? With the amount of time spent working on a project and getting a one-word, keyboard predictable spam as a comment on a social media post ignites the worst feeling ever. AT least for some of us.
An article posted in June by Telegraph discusses whether the use of text-language could begin an evolution or just laziness in kids.
In part, the article reads,
”Mencap, a charity for learning disabilities, sponsored a poll of 500 UK parents and teachers. Two-in-three teachers reported that they regularly find text-speak in pupils’ homework.”
In what the article describes as creepy, an increasing number of kids integrate text language in everyday communication.
Less technically, this means that it is more likely to find kids use textos like, ‘LOL‘, ‘brb‘, ‘deep‘ in their everyday language outside of the internet. Although the Telegraph article diplomatically rounded up with a rhetoric question, I hold the personal opinion that text-language has created in the past decade the most experienced form of communication laziness.
The obnoxious ‘deep’ culture
Urban Dictionary’s top definition of ‘that’s deep‘ is:
”A turn of phrase generally used by people who feel the need to comment on something and yet at the same time have absolutely NO idea what they just read but would like to come off as intelligent.”
Very sarcastically blunt, Urban dictionary expresses the disgust at most users of the expression on social media. Individuals who truly have absolutely no idea what is going on but find it neccessary to sound intelligent.
Perhaps one of the modern most annoying culture among young individuals is the elusive mentality. Young people or maybe to be on a safer argument, a good amount of young people in the modern world will pretentiously attribute behaviourial traits to a higher philosophy.
This means that in a day, you’re most likely to come across a young person channeling their excuses to a higher school of thoughts.
Just this evening, over the radio, two OAP’s were discussing African proverbs. After reading one of the proverbs talking about ‘knowing who loves you…’ the co-host of the program commented with a single word:
Today, for instance, I was wearing my top inside out and when my boss’ dad would point this out to me, I said:
”It’s a statement”.
Of course, I wasn’t making any statement. I just accidentally wore my top inside out. But as silly as my response seems, most millennials tend to lean on ‘deep’ philosophies to cover up their mistakes or life experiences.
It is no wonder how very much the majority of the pre-millennial generation feel irritated by the younger generation. They find millennials lazy, over-privileged, attention-seeking and unmotivated. And although as I always say, millennials are generally greatly misunderstood, in this particular instance the over-use of the expression ‘deep‘ is just plain obnoxious.
One may wonder, in between all of these, if this generation would be able to apply the overused word in speech or writing without first flinching at the thought of the thousands of times it was misused.
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