Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ten Things Tuesday- Overused Words

Did you know Lake Superior State University comes out with a "List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness"?

This is this year's list:
  1. Amazing
  2. Baby Bump
  3. Shared Sacrifice
  4. Occupy
  5. Blowback
  6. Man Cave
  7. The New Normal
  8. Pet Parent
  9. Win The Future
  10. Trickeration
  11. Ginormous
  12. Thank You In Advance

 Some of these are definitely overdone. Other words, like amazing, I don't know.
Maybe I don't pay enough attention. If it's from reality people, that would be why. I don't watch reality shows. "Amazing", isn't it?
But, I hate baby bump and man cave.
What is trickeration?

I thought I'd come up with my own list. This week's Ten Things Tuesday is Words and phrases that are overused. 

1. True Dat
  Also known as true that. It is slowly going away, but not fast enough. What's wrong with "that's true"? Not hip enough?

2. All natural
  Poop is all natural. That doesn't mean it's good for us to eat. Natural used to mean something good. Now it is just a marketing gimmick.

3. "Friends" on social networking sites
   Sure I have plenty of people I know on facebook. People I am related to or went to high school with. Would I classify them as true friends? No.

4. Fail
   I am starting to see and hear it everywhere. Well, not the news yet. That is how we know it's been way overdone- when a news anchor uses it.

5. Pwn
   What started out as a simple spelling error has turned into confusion for me. It was supposed to be Own and got spelled Pwn. So, you write Pwn, say Own, and it means you were beaten and that someone owns your ass or  you are the one that owns it. At least that is what the Urban dictionary told me.

6. Obamacare
   Does calling the national healthcare bill Obamacare annoy anyone else? I don't care whether it is liked or not. That moniker just bugs the shit out of me.

   It is supposed to be a snub on members of the Tea Party movement. I just think it sounds really stupid.

8. Faith
   What I hate about this is that a lot of people seem to think that faith means that you believe in God. It can be that. However, the meaning is having trust in a person or thing and not needing proof. You can have faith in a lot of things, it doesn't always mean you are closer to God.

9. Verbal diarrhea
   I REALLY wish people would quit saying this. Every time I hear it, I visualize shit pouring out of that person's mouth. I can really do without that.

10. Offend
    I am seeing it posted all the time on Facebook and in emails. The Pledge of Allegiance was stopped in class because they didn't want to "offend" someone. I will say Merry Christmas and I don't care if it "offends" someone. I don't mean to "offend" anyone. For God sakes, let it go.
More often than not, I think it is the person saying it that perceives the offense. PC gone a muck.

What words do you think are used too often or are just sick of hearing?


  1. Great points, all. Although I used "fail" several times in today's post. Sheesh, I hope I didn't offend anyone... ;)

  2. At the end of the day, phrases like 'at the end of the day' get on my nerves in a ginormous way.
    Ain't that just amazing?
    Not for nothing', I think 'Blowback' and 'Man Cave' have entirely different meanings in prison.
    I'm just sayin'....
    Oooh, now THAT'S an overused saying!
    Ooops, ANOTHER one!
    For real!
    Crap, I give up....

  3. Damn! I must be getting old - I don't even know what blowback or Tru Dat mean! In fact, I'm so old, I remember saying things like "Gag me" and "Fer sure"! And here's an old Canadian one I used to use - "Beauty, eh?!" (insert whatever popular jargon means "cool" today).

  4. I hate #9 too. I just call it "Talker's Syndrome." Never heard of "trickeration," but I agree with all the ones on your list.

    Happy New Year, Ruth.

  5. Great post Ruth - I was LOLing all the way.

  6. Verbal diarrhea Verbal diarrhea Verbal diarrhea Verbal diarrhea Verbal diarrhea. You can thank me later :P

  7. Well I am all over the number one spot. That word Amazing is used way too many freaking times! As for my personal pet peeve, I could do without "no worries"!

  8. LOL - what a post.
    # 8 hit my sensitive nerve. Faith does mean trust somehow it wandered off to mean belief system.

  9. Al, you make me laugh.

    Kara, I am with you on gag me and fer sure. Isn't blowback when you spit into the wind and it comes back at you?
    I really don't know.

    Robyn, Talker's syndrome sounds good to me.

    Laurie, Thanks.

    BragonDorn, I am not sure I will ever thank you for that. :P

    Tracy, Ha! I just said no worries to Dawn.

    Munir, Yeah, I don't know when or why it happened. :(

  10. i hate 'my bad'. adults should not be saying this.

  11. Laura, Are they still saying that? I don't like it either. Maybe that's why Kiddo doesn't say it. I did tell her not to.

  12. i do hear it sometimes. i don't think a person my age or older should be saying it (or typing it). take care.


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