By Mark Caro | Tribune reporter
March 2, 2009

"Meh" is by definition something you don't get hot about.

If this shrug of a word were a person, it would be Derek Smalls, the Spinal Tap bassist (played by Harry Shearer) who characterized himself as "lukewarm water."

Yet "The Daily Show" correspondent John Hodgman set off something of a "meh" firestorm by kvetching about the expression on Twitter last week.

"Did I ever tell you people how much I hate the word 'meh'?" he wrote. "Nothing announces 'I have missed the point' more than that word."

Over additional tweets he added: "It is the essence of blinkered Internet malcontentism. And a rejection of joy."

Some agreed with Hodgman's outburst. Others: "Meh."