I know. It's cool, it's sassy, it's smart-assy.
You top someone in a match of wits, you "drop the mic."
You retire from playing soccer, and announce your future plans to visit Bourbon St, you drop the mic twice in one evening.
Abby Wambach, soccer player, did that just the other night, and while I take nothing away from her brilliant career in the most boring game in the world, and while I don't blame her at all for making a flamboyant exit, I wish she could have said what she had to say and handled the mic properly.
Same with musical performers and others who top someone else and strut off after dropping a microphone.
To the generation that so loves to use the adverb "literally" for every verb, I ask you to not literally drop microphones.
Microphones are sensitive electronic equipment. As someone who made a living speaking into one, I believe they should be cared for and respected. The symbolism of someone dropping a mic onto a stage floor or a soccer field reminds me of those who would love to take the microphone of speaking freely away from us, and that's not good.
Not to mention this. What does that say to the audio tech or concert hall sound rigger who has to pick up that mic and clean it off, hoping to be able to use it again? It's disrespect, almost of the highest (lowest) form.
Thanks for listening to me on this vital topic. (* leaves mic on stand, bows humbly, and walks off smiling*)