There's a web address that I've seen a lot over the past few years, but I've always tried to ignore it. It's like a white noise, a nuisance, that keeps getting in the way of the hundreds of other stimuli vying for my attention at any one time.
But in the last week, I've heard one person talk about it and read another article in American Libraries about it. The web address is del.icio.us.
I had no idea what it was about or what it did, but I refused to visit the site because of its obnoxious URL. It felt like whoever created it was trying way too hard to be clever, using the .us domain to create a cutesy word. The parsing of the word into different nodes makes no sense to me. Why is the server called "del"? And what the hell is an "icio"? In my mind, I had always pronounced the website by its separate parts, "del-icio-us" and figured the word-play was in the spelling. But then I heard someone speak it out loud, they pronounced it like the word, "delicious." That made me nau.seo.us.
What about this site makes it "delicious?" That is not an adjective to be used for nerdy librarian websites. It should be reserved for pizza, chocolate, or irony. Today, for the first time, I actually visited the site. It is in no way "delicious." It is a "social bookmarking service", whatever that is, but I can guarantee you it has nothing to do with how tasty food is.
I don't know why this bothers me so much, but it does. It's like fingers on a chalkboard.
The address is neither clever nor relevant to its content. It's
See? I can be clever and irrelevant, too!