There’s a song by Elvis Presley called “Once Is Enough” and that’s exactly how I feel about a word that gained popularity because of the pandemic. The word had already been used perfectly in a scene from Friends. Ross, Rachel, and Chandler were bringing a couch up a narrow stairwell when Ross barked out instructions…
If I were one of the characters, it would definitely be Chandler saying, “Shut up, shut up, shut uuuuuppp!” Because the word ‘pivot’ was used so much to describe 2020, it nearly makes me lose my lunch every time. To this day, when someone describes how things are going for them and how they had to shift gears, or make new decisions, I think to myself, “Please don’t say pivot, please don’t say pivot, please don’t say pivot.” Then they say pivot.
It’s just one of those pet peeves, I guess.
Needless to say I was immediately annoyed when FOX announced the debut of a sitcom called “Pivoting” in early 2022. Can’t everyone just remember once is enough?
-Out of the Wilderness