In my opinion the most annoying sentence ever uttered within the world of Second Life is this one: “Show some linden love.”
The word “linden” and the word “love” should never be used side by side. This is nothing against THE Lindens (as in the employees of Linden Lab) but refers to lindens = money. Basically this phrase is saying “Show some money love.” It’s cringeworthy.
It has been said that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, and even the Beatles have their view on it “Money can’t buy me love!”
Don’t get me wrong. I know many well meaning people say this. They want to support club owners, DJs, etc. I, too, believe DJs and club owners deserve tips and support. I was a club owner in the past, and am currently a DJ, so I understand that one needs lindens to keep things going. And yet “show some linden love” feels like a guilt trip. It’s manipulation and I’m less likely to give if pressured this way.
Here’s a true story. Several years ago I went to a club. There was one DJ, one host, one half naked dancer – and me! That’s right, three staff members of the club – and me!
The hostess pasted in a generic greeting as I arrived, then even before a whole song played she encouraged “everyone” in the club to “show sum linden luv.” They were hardworking DJs, she said, hardworking dancers. She spoke like she had a great crowd of fans listening and she encouraged us to give of our lindens.
Surely this woman could see I was the only person there? Couldn’t she? And yet she continued to drone for her linden love. I had a really unkind thought at this point. I decided I would rather give money to a crack addict in Vegas.
This experience poisoned me to the words “linden love.” It was like the time this DJ was supposed to play classic rock and played Nickelback instead. I’ve been to other clubs not so terrible, even ones with nice people, but I will never like the words “linden love” no matter who says it.