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Jolly time

It’s been a mere two days since “hashtag” was declared 2012’s Word of the Year, and we already have a frontrunner in this year’s competition:

JOLLY

jolly EdithAs in,

“Lady Edith, have you done something jolly with your hair?”

In a Downton Abbey premiere episode chock full of plot twists and memorable one-liners, Sir Anthony’s clever compliment of the youngest Crawley sister’s coiff was, quite simply, the bee’s knees.

I hereby declare ‘jolly’ to be the Word of the Year for 2013…and heretofore plan to incorporate it into my day-to-day conversation whenever appropriate (and even when it’s not).

Isn’t that a jolly idea?

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It’s no secret that Conan — and, for that matter, all the late-night talk shows — are taped much earlier in the day.

(Sorry.  I thought you knew.  Oh, and the Easter Bunny?  He’s really Russell Brand.)

Lately Conan has been taking advantage of the early taping by having members of his staff ‘live tweet’ the show during its East Coast air time.

It’s pretty fun.  They open a thread on Twitter, make comments as events unfold on the show, and reply to tweets sent in by viewers.

Last night, Conan himself decided to lead the conversation.  It was quite the event; they announced it hours ahead of time.

Then he live tweeted the show…on Facebook.

Now, I know some people use the two social media interchangeably.  Their tweets post on Facebook and vice versa.  I’ve complained about it before in this space.

But Facebook fans of Team Coco, back me up on this one:  the endless stream of out-of-context one-liners that Conan posted from 11p-12a ET last night didn’t belong on Facebook.

They were tweets, not Facebook status updates.  There is a difference, whether we like to admit it or not.

The Twitter audience is different.  The expectation in language and content is different.  The frequency, for cripes sake, is different.

I know I can hide Team Coco status updates on Facebook, just as I can hide Twitter feeds.  I can also walk away, which is what I chose to do.

I’m just surprised that an entertainer who has been so social media savvy throughout his career — and even more so when his career tanked — would make such an amateur mistake.


Title-lation

When I was a humor editor at Hallmark Cards, part of my job was to think of all the ways those funny jokes, puns and one-liners could be taken the wrong way.

We didn’t want them to sound dirty unless we meant for them to sound dirty.

So, I am fascinated that a ‘hilarious comedy for the whole family’ could be released with the name “Furry Vengeance.”

I don’t mean to be crude, but the first time I heard this movie name, I thought it was a porn film.  Am I the only one who sees the possible innuendo attached to this troublesome title?

If it were a film with a target audience of the “Pineapple Express” ilk, it would make a bit more sense.  But this is pure family fare, with a very green-friendly ‘save our forests’ message.

Why the borderline nasty name, Participant Media?  You, whose other films include “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Fast Food Nation,” and “Syriana.”  I applaud your issue-oriented choices, but you need to put a bit more thought into the marketing of this title.

Unless you meant for it to sound dirty to expand your audience.

Shame on you.