Upload & Sell: On
Dan, I'm with you (it's not 3D). But I just chalk it up to a sort of socio-linguistic turn towards hyperbole that pervades pop culture. I think it has a LOT to do with modern marketing (as in the last 50 years), consumerism, and marketing-lingo.
But that's not a battle we're going to win in a thread like this. This decadent sort of linguistic bent is just how things are going; the overemphasis results in the loss of meaning from specific, often technical terms. Soon, everything is 3D (think what Picasso would say about this... or did), and nothing is 3D.
There are some parallels to terms like 4G in wireless networking. It does have a very specific meaning, but its use is wide and loose and inaccurate. But it sells! Same with the word "instant" as used in selling food items. It doesn't mean quickly; it means in a single moment.
That said-- it's good for those true believers to hear our quibbles from time to time (and it probably makes us feel better)-- and at least we can even understand what it is they are talking about (though we disagree with the term), and even participate.
For the record: I also argue against the use of "enormity" for big, "decimate" for devastate, and "irregardless" for anything.
So a few more contributions:
And the classic drink shot: