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Writers who call an article or essay they've written a "piece" like it's a work of art.

by Anonymousreply 4007/24/2013

Go fuck yourself.

by Anonymousreply 107/23/2013

It is very pretentious. I agree.

by Anonymousreply 207/23/2013

I can't stand people who clutter DL with their inane personal musings and minutia because they have no one else to talk to. Yeah, I know, OP, you paid your $18 to start a thread. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

by Anonymousreply 307/23/2013

R3 is obviously one who uses the pretentious word "piece"

by Anonymousreply 407/23/2013

"Piece" is hardly a pretentious word. Its usage might be.

What I can't stand is people who greet you by listing their dislikes.

by Anonymousreply 507/23/2013

Anything that makes me chuckle is fine by me!

by Anonymousreply 607/23/2013

Rs 1,3 & 5 are obviously a PIECE of work.... and a pretentious writer.

Hey R5, writing your "piece" at the corner Starbucks and getting it published on a blog someplace isn't a "body of work"... it's proof you're a twat with nothing else to do.

by Anonymousreply 707/23/2013

R7, speaking as R5, and not R1 or 3, I can tell you that you meant that they "are pieces of work," not "a piece of work."

Your grammar is everything that one might expect of you.

by Anonymousreply 807/23/2013

OP clearly is a failed writer.

by Anonymousreply 907/23/2013

R8, please eat the SHET outta my ass...

Write about THAT.

by Anonymousreply 1007/23/2013

'Piece' I find OK, but I've sometimes seen authors referring to themselves as 'composing' a piece. Maybe it feels like that, but it sounds grandiose.

by Anonymousreply 1107/23/2013

Hey, it's your $18, OP. Troll away.

by Anonymousreply 1207/23/2013

Are you a writer, OP? I don't understand why this offends you so much. I write fiction and often refer to my stories as either a "story" or a "piece" (it is a "piece" of creative work—it didn't simply appear, fully-formed, out of a patch of fertilized grass with no assistance from the outside, human world).

by Anonymousreply 1307/23/2013

An article might not be a piece of work, but an essay is probably closer to a story than an article, so I think it could be considered a piece.

by Anonymousreply 1407/23/2013

It's like actors who think their work is a "craft." And teachers who tell you they're "educators."

by Anonymousreply 1507/23/2013

Exactly, R15.

by Anonymousreply 1607/23/2013

I believe the OP is a rare and delicate flower who thinks the world revolves around him.

by Anonymousreply 1707/23/2013

This use of the word is not pretentious in other languages: "Stück" in German or "stuk" in Dutch.

by Anonymousreply 1807/23/2013

I've been a newspaper reporter for 20 years. In my business "piece" is simply another way of saying "story." Not to say there aren't pretentious newspaper reporters, but "piece" is so utterly common, it's ridiculous to me that it would anger someone like the OP.

I think some of you need to look up the definition of the word.

by Anonymousreply 1907/23/2013

I don't mind "piece", but what I don't like is "curated by" and "artisanal". Both terms are used where they shouldn't be/

by Anonymousreply 2007/23/2013

Shit comes in pieces, OP.

I hate when people insist on calling every movie a "film." "My first film blah blah blah" or "I saw this film about robots that turn into cars." Of course that "film" is playing at the "cinema" instead of the movie theater.

by Anonymousreply 2107/23/2013

R19 explains it perfectly. Like a lawyer might have a "case", and you wouldn't say "How pretentious, a case is a display unit for something". Or a photographer might say he was on a shoot, and you wouldn't ask him what gun he had. A writer or journalist will refer to a piece because that's what it is called, as in "Have you finished your piece for The Times?". The word simply has different meanings in different situations. If anything, it's more pretentious to refer to a painting as a "piece".

by Anonymousreply 2207/23/2013

R21 But that's what it is--a film. No one goes to "Movie School"--or is "Flicker" more your style (and generation)?

by Anonymousreply 2307/23/2013

"Piece" is what it's called, jackass. Like a carpenter might say, "I keep my tools in the closet over there," instead of saying, "There's were I keep my hammer and my saw and my level and my screwdriver. . ."

"Yeah, that was my piece in the Sunday TIMES," somebody'd say, instead of, "Yes, that was my reported non-fiction feature-length article about traveling to Greece last summer."

If you want pretentious, check out the phrase, "Lyrical essay." THAT's pretentious.

by Anonymousreply 2407/23/2013

OP, you're a real piece of work.

by Anonymousreply 2507/24/2013

Another old hack here and I'm not crazy on piece either. But its so much industry speak that its hard to avoid. Often, I just use 'yarn'. But then, I make a lot of my facts up as I go along.

by Anonymousreply 2607/24/2013

ALL industry-speak is a bit pretentious. It conveys a level of self reverence and seriousness that the general population doesn't share. It makes the rest of us want to say, "get over yourself" while we snicker and roll our eyes.

That said, I can't stand when insurance salesmen and mortgage brokers call their different programs "products."

by Anonymousreply 2707/24/2013

Whenever my musician-friend tells me about his latest "gig", I want to claw his eyes out. I don't know why—it's illogical, I know.

by Anonymousreply 2807/24/2013

To claw his eyes out.

Jesus. Damn, that's a funny phrase.

by Anonymousreply 2907/24/2013

OP can't stand anything he lacks the intellect to understand.

by Anonymousreply 3007/24/2013

R30 writes "pieces" and posts them on Facebook.

by Anonymousreply 3107/24/2013

R3= Sybil's mother.

by Anonymousreply 3207/24/2013

People who don't talk like me are pretentious.

by Anonymousreply 3307/24/2013

R30, do you really think that OP hates so much?

by Anonymousreply 3407/24/2013

r19 is proud to be a newspaper reporter. Others in the field are ashamed of the title. They make themselves feel grander by claiming to be a "journalist."

by Anonymousreply 3507/24/2013

r28, originally "gig" was used by only by jazz musicians.

by Anonymousreply 3607/24/2013

People use terms they don't understand. A guy I know told me he did a Voice Over on radio. Since there's no picture, there's nothing to do your voice over!

by Anonymousreply 3707/24/2013

Yesterday a friend used "Back in the day" four times. I got so annoyed finally asked him what day he was talking about. He didn't know what to say. I suggested he stop using the phrase.

Another one? "At the end of the day," a favorite for politicians to begin a sentence.

by Anonymousreply 3807/24/2013

R37 doesn't understand the term himself.

by Anonymousreply 3907/24/2013

Yet OP refers to herself as a "Barista", no doubt.

by Anonymousreply 4007/24/2013
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