noun 1. 1. a member of the clergy engaged as assistant to a vicar, rector, or parish priest.
So. That's the actual definition.
With religious ties that segued into its use as a verb to roughly mean a meticulous overseeing or collecting of - I suppose just about anything, the word curate is fast becoming entirely diluted. With instagram feeds being touted as 'curated' like that of the Victoria and Albert's renaissance wing - I wager the word is being overused.
Up until perhaps a year ago when applied to something other than a museum, the word curated provided some legitimacy to whatever said "something" was. Be it a shop's inventory, a Songza playlist or your child's pre-school social network.
Now, not so much. Holding the same meaning as say; haphazardly-thrown-together-with-zero-thought, curate has about as much prestige as the toilet brush in my bathroom.
I beg of you, hipsters and arty types the world over - cease and desist.
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