As has been well documented, I have exhibited gallantry and forbearance on this painful subject for years, but dammitjim I can be silent no longer! I Blame the Patriarchy is now officially a “teh menz”-free zone. By which I mean, the bizarre and cringe-u-lational phrase “teh menz” will no longer be admitted into blaming discourse. The only reason I haven’t mentioned it until now — besides the aforementioned gallantry and forbearance — is my reluctance to endure the burning spasms that shoot through my fingers when I type the words.
I am not sure what concatenation of disquieting circumstances originally produced this “teh menz” phenomenon. Neither am I certain what tone the phrase is meant to strike, or why so many otherwise right-thinking people feel compelled to use it. However, I think we can all agree that its day, if it ever really had one, has come and gone, and anyway it really warps my autoharp, so it’s gotta go. Echoing the views of dictatorial and overbearing spinster aunts everywhere, I’d like to ban “teh menz” from the Internet altogether, along with the word “snarky,” horse breeder websites with that scripty font and rainbows on’em, and remarks beginning with “um.” Unfortunately, I am forced to settle for discrediting it here on this lonesome, unpopular blog.
Ditto “wimminz,” “baybeez,” “widdle baybeez,” and any other plural noun that is intentionally misspelled with a “z” within a blaming context. I regret to say that, whatever literary effect the author intends with this stylized illiteracy/baby talk, the result is merely unseemly, and it stinks the joint up.
Come for the pedantry, stay for the snobbery.