Monday, June 25, 2018

'The video has gone viral'

(Sorry, if you were expecting to see such a video.)

I am so tired of hearing the word 'viral' for messages or audio or video clips that have been forwarded or circulated by a large number of people in a short span of time.

The word is such a cliché.

Isn't there a synonym for 'viral', or a single word to describe such messages or videos?

14 comments:

SG said...

I always associate the word “viral” with viral infection. May be these videos are like widespread infections caused by viruses.

Liz A. said...

That's why they're called viral. Because they're like infections that widely spread in a short time.

If you want to change the term, you'll need to come up with a better one. There are probably enough people out there who hate the term as much as you do to support it.

B Pradeep Nair said...

I too hate the term, Liz, and I am looking for an alternative.

B Pradeep Nair said...

Yes, I guess, that is origin of the term, Rajan.

Kanika G said...

I think what's worse is the type of inane content that keeps going viral and impinging on my feeds.

rudraprayaga said...

Yes, the word 'viral' reminds us of viral fever. They could use wide-spread , well-spread, popular, known or any other equivalent.

KParthasarathi said...

How about scourge or digital scourge?

Destination Infinity said...

The very few videos that actually go viral are fine. But the ones that are claimed to be viral but are actually ads in disguise are irritating!

Destination Infinity

B Pradeep Nair said...

Very true, Rajesh. Lot of people also blindly forward messages and clips.

B Pradeep Nair said...

That's a good one, KP. :-)

B Pradeep Nair said...

True, Rudra. Thanks for the suggestion.

B Pradeep Nair said...

Often these forwards are a menace, Kanika. Mainly because, people blindly forward them to groups.

J E Oneil said...

I'm not sure of a synonym for it. It seems to be one of those words that kind of snuck into the lexicon. We might need a new one all together.

B Pradeep Nair said...

Thanks a lot, Oneil, for dropping by and for the comment. Indeed, we will have to look for some other word to give us a relief from constantly hearing the word 'viral'.