Sometimes it's fun to think about what future historians are going to say about phrases people look back on. Like how "Hat trick" doesn't actually come from ice hockey, or how "Blood is thicker than water" apparently used to mean literally the opposite of what it means today. I was thinking about this after watching Dan Brown's recent video, "Feel Free to FTBA," in which he points out that the common nerdfighter saying "Don't Forget to Be Awesome" (DFTBA) is problematic if you interpret "Awesome" in the traditional sense -- Google defines it as "Extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear."
So I started imagining what sort of paper an internet historian might write about DFTBA, clarifying the social context for people who might otherwise misinterpret the Nerdfighter movement:
Though it seems to mean that Nerdfighters believed they should make an effort to always act or seem more important, and is often interpreted to describe Nerdfighting as a thoroughly narcissistic movement, one must bear in mind that at the time, the word "Awesome" was most commonly used colloquially to mean something like "Exceptionally morally and/or aesthetically uplifting or good," or to describe holding oneself to a higher standard of personal conduct, above and beyond what might constitute the minimum for acceptable behavior.
And, obviously, people will think it's ridiculous, because there's plenty of evidence that awesome could mean really bad for a huge amount of time before the early 21st century, so why should Nerdfighters have interpreted it differently? (Unless, like, hypothetical future people are less instinctively anti-academic.)
That was fun to write, but I don't really have any good way of wrapping it up. Anybody know anything else that's going to take historians some effort to unpack?