Urban Word Wednesday: Facebook Philosopher

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these

First….Happy Independence Day/Fourth of July to all my lovely American friends! I hope you all have a wonderful day and celebrate well and wonderfully!!! Now…on to a little UWW fun!

Facebook Philosopher: An individual whose Facebook statuses are often clichéd quotes such as “when in doubt, just take the next small step”, “make peace with the past so it doesn’t screw up the present”, or “sometimes it’s hard to understand, but time tells truth.” These give the impression that said Facebook user is wise, when in fact they are merely putting on airs.

Examples Of Use:

Hubby: have you been following Mel’s status on Facebook?

Me: not in particular…just whatever comes through my news feed when I happen to be online. Why?

Hubby: well, she’s turned into quite the little Facebook Philosopher*.

Me: really – how so?

Hubby: here’s some of her status updates from June:

Me: good for her for putting these lovely, positive affirmations out there for the world to enjoy. We could all stand to be a little more of a Facebook Philosopher.

Hubby: absolutely!

*Mel, only part of the definition applies to you – we don’t think you are “merely putting on airs” but are in fact…wise! So keep being the inspirational Facebook Philosopher that you are. We love it! And thanks for letting me abuse you for this edition of Urban Word Wednesday (I mean, you knew it’d happen eventually, right?! LOL)!

Know any Facebook Philosophers? What are some of your favorite quotes? Come on…Share the wealth…

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  1. I think nearly everyone on my wall suffers under the delusion that they are Facebook philosophers. That’s okay. I don’t mind. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. 🙂

  2. At first, I thought those posts were as annoying as those email chain letters, but after a while, I realized most of them do carry some sort of wisdom. Even though I don’t re-post (share) them, I’m now kind of addicted to them 🙂

  3. I love the FB philosophers I know. Like Fabio said, there is something to pull from the sayings. I repost some and wish I had more time to find some myself. You are right that we need more positive out in the world.

  4. August McLaughlin says:

    I try to philosophize in moderation. 😉 Fab post, as always. Hugs!

  5. Coleen Patrick says:

    I am a quote-a-holic. When I first started on Twitter, that was all I tweeted!! 🙂 I really do love reading quotes and getting inspiration, but I also try to have a bit of funny in there somewhere. Laughing is how i get the bulk of my inspiration!! The philosopher title makes me think of tweed and pipes and armchairs, definitely not me. Although that would make a funny photo–me in tweed with a pipe! Ha!

  6. There’s definitely a place for F/B philosophers. Every once in a while something comes through that really hits home on a particular day, inspires me, and makes me very glad I saw it! You’re right, Nat – “We could all stand to be a little more of a Facebook Philosopher.” Why not?

  7. There’s nothing special and/or redeeming about Facebook philosophers, because on that social network, almost everyone is insecure and almost everyone attempts to show off in some way, be it quoting actual philosophers or something else. It’s not the right platform for anything even remotely profound, as it gets lost under the drowning waves of pretentious “brilliance”, amongst all kinds of shallow facades.

    We don’t need more of them, we need less, because when you’ve got everyone quoting Einstein or Newton, not only do half of the people misattribute, misreference and misquote words they’ve never actually said, but the constant overflow devalues the impact of their thoughts.

    Facebook philosophers are overrated.

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