harshing the squee

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Sat Feb 20 06:11:47 UTC 2010

I'm sure some of you have seen the term "harshing the squee" before,
or at least "squee." I had not. It proved to be one of two marvellous
finds today, as in exploring it I found an excellent site for pop
culture references complete with a trove of cites for each term and
reference it catalogs. See
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Squee to discover the site
and find out what a squee is. (Once you know what a squee is, it's
not so hard to figure out what harshing one is, but I'll tell you the
best definition I've heard: "pissing in the popcorn." "Killing the
fanbuzz" is another one.)

I do find it a minor source of chagrin that a term could be so
popular and yet altogether new to me. Obviously I do not have

James Harbeck.

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