Such a simple bit of onomatopoeia. But when used at the wrong time, in the wrong context, directed at the wrong person, WATCH OUT!
Hilary Sargent learned that the hard way when she tweeted
the following to Politico
reporter Ben White: “Meh on the new profile pic.”
White became white hot with rage. Despite Sargent’s insistence that she was only joking, White retaliated like a bullied third-grader who had finally had enough. Here’s a wrap-up of his side of things:
Why would you say something like that? What is the matter with you?
I liked your old face better.
meh on your entire existence.
happy now you horrid monster?
you don't just say someone's photo is "meh." It's rude and mean. That should be manners 101. It's not complicated.
I'm sorry but I'll have to block you. Have a nice life.
Sargent captured the whole exchange on Storify
(plus commentary), and it’s pretty insane.
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It would be a reminder to maintain decent etiquette on social media sites, but let’s face it—that’s not going to change any time soon. So, instead I suppose the lesson here is just to ignore all those haters out there because, as we all know, haters gon’ hate.