The Bar that Will Literally Kick You Out for Kardashianism

alex atkins bookshelf wordsIf a civilization is judged by its culture — the books we read, the movies and shows we watch, etc. — and some future historian discovers episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians (KUWTK) then I think that the assessment will not be very favorable. God help us! Some television critics have suggested that vapid shows like KUWTK have led to the dumbing down of America. The show, featuring the antics of the Kardashian clan, has even contributed a new word to the English lexicon: Kardashianism. Urban Dictionary defines Kardashianism as “A chronic condition of extreme self-indulgence, characterized by self-involvement, absence of moral character, histrionic attention-seeking, inappropriate sexual activity, and overly large buttocks.” [That last attribute might be too cheeky.] To that definition we can add: constant, shameless promotion and mindless speaking, specifically the overuse of the word “literally.”

But one noble establishment in New York is drawing the line in the sand, bravely battling one aspect of Kardashianism that they find most offensive: the overuse of the word “literally” and its degradation of the English language. The Continental, a bar in the East Village, has posted a sign in the window that reads: “Sorry but if you say the word ‘literally’ inside Continental you have 5 minutes to finish your drink and then you must leave. If you actually start a sentence with ‘I literally’ you must leave immediately! This is the most overused, annoying word in the English language and we will not tolerate it. Stop Kardashianism now!” Kardashianites consider yourselves warned.

Let’s raise our glasses and toast the Continental and its noble efforts to stop Kardashiansim — literally!

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