Microsoft’s attempt to recruit interns is a barrel of cringe

It’s always horrible when olds try to emulate the style of the kids, which makes this attempt by Microsoft to attract interns particularly toe-curling. Twitter user Patrick Burtchaell says that his roommate received the youth lingo-infused e-mail from a Microsoft recruiter, and it brings to mind that scene from 30 Rock.

How do you do, fellow kids?

Translation was needed for some of the more senior (in age rather than tenure) members of the Ars Staff: “bae” is a term of endearment equivalent in meaning to “babe,” “hella noms” means “lots of food,” and “getting lit” means “getting drunk or high.”

The best, by which I mean worst, part of the e-mail is that it gets the lingo wrong. “Drank” does not mean “drink.” “Drank” means “cough syrup;” specifically, cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine that is consumed recreationally. Opioids like codeine are routinely abused to get high, and, when combined with the antihistamine promethazine, can produce feelings of euphoria.

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