Monday, January 17, 2011

Trashy Words

     It seems that Lake Superior State University in Michigan has the last say on which words should be eliminated from our vocabularies. The annual list that they compose is a variety of overused and misused terms that they deem no longer worthy of being said or written. I'm kind of liking this idea.
     Leading the list for 2011 is viral, which I am in agreement with. Videos go viral, songs go viral. In fact, the use of the word itself has gone viral. The word epic was a runner up. I do hear that a lot.
     There were some cliched terms that I would have flushed a long time ago....the wow factor, aha moment, and BFF. The use of Facebook and Google as verbs also received disdainful notice. Come on, now? Haven't you ever googled something? 
     Man up got a thumbs down which they labeled as a stupid phrase for men and especially for women. Other phrases that made the list are the American people,I'm just sayin', and live life to the fullest.
     Don't blame me for this news. I'm as guilty as heck for repeating some of these annoying words. I'm just sayin'... 

   

6 comments:

MC Howe said...

Here here! I couldn't think of a finer institution to make this judgment. It is, after all, a Superior university.

Jeanne said...

Ah, the pun is not dead.

Bodaciousboomer said...

I don't think I've used those three words; but I'm quite sure I'm guilty of many others.

Melissa said...

How about the word "individual" instead of "person?" Also, the over-use of "iconic" or "icon."

Jeanne said...

Oh, yes, Melissa, I agree with you. I also have devalued the use of "piece" as in describing a project in a meeting. This "piece" we have here is about....
and never use air quotes.

Sharon said...

I'm guilty of aha moment and OMG. Not so much for the others. Yes, individual and air quotes have to go.