This year’s banished words, phrases

36 thoughts on “This year’s banished words, phrases”

  1. Had just mentioned to a friend that if I heard Fiscal Cliff one more time I was going to bitch-slap them. Ten minutes later this list appeared on the news. Laughed my freaking head off. YOLO was just bonus Pints.
    Have a great New Year!

      1. I think “fiscal cliff” must be on everyone’s list. Of course, if we took it away from the media, they’d be left speechless.

        Happy New Year to you too!

  2. I submit:

    1. A varied vocabulary, good grammar and careful self expression will always distinguish thinkers who deserve respect from those who don’t. The presence of the bad does not eliminate the good.
    2. “In Diesem Unseren Lande” means, “In this our land”. Huh?
    3. My nomination for the all-time worst phrase is “you know”. My brain always reacts to this by thinking, “If you think I already know what you’re saying, why are you wasting time telling me again?” It seems to be a crutch for people who either can’t summon up the energy to accurately express themselves or who want me to guess what they might be thinking.
    4. As trite and inaccurate as it is, “fiscal cliff” has been useful in engaging the attention of the body politic to what is at stake. Something is making the House Republicans compromise on their anti-tax ideology and I think it has to be voter pressure. Without a sense of the fiscal cliff it wouldn’t be happening. Next up: “deficit ceiling”, or, “The Ceiling”. Yuk.

    1. “Yu know” has been listed, yu know. So, yu know, like lots of people agree with you, yu know?

      Admittedly the mere words “fiscal cliff” now make my blood pressure go up. That adds to the fury I feel toward our do-nothing knuckle-dragging Congress.

  3. I’d love for massive to be banished in reference to something big (unless we’re really talking about the mass of something). So sick of that word. Bring in brobdingnagian!

    1. What a troublemaker you are. People would never be able to spell that without referring to a dictionary and/or a thesaurus, and half the population doesn’t know or care that such things exist.

      1. Embedding is disabled for some reason (tried to fix it and failed) but I watched it on YouTube. Although I remember this scene, I’d forgotten the repetition of brobdingnagian (which I had to type twice to get right). I’ll probably remember the word now, but I’m still not sure I’ll be able to spell it without checking a dictionary.

  4. The one that stands out to me is “man cave.” I hate that term. I can’t exactly state why because I’m not real sure. But descriptions that come to mind are ignorant, sexist, just plain stupid, and neanderthalish. What? I know Romney et al wanted to take us back to the cavemen times, but didn’t realize hip talk did too. And I have my own “woman’s cave” and no one allowed in. Just dogs. Ha!

  5. Hey what do you know? I decided that “guru” was my top most annoying term of 2012. It’s so not like me to be in step with the rest of the world! But I will not dwell on that fact as long as we eradicate “guru” from our lexicon.

  6. I didn’t know this list existed, either. This is great! I am going to re-blog and link a few people to it, if you don’t mind..because all of my librarian friends are going to love the idea of a banned words list!

  7. Reblogged this on dr mariam ashraf and commented:
    How many of these words do YOU overuse? I’m not a fan of “YOLO” but I hear it all the time. I’ll be happy to see less of “BFF”, “gone viral”, “trending”, and “baby bump”. People are obsessed with the celebs and their baby bumps…. or is it a bloated tummy?? I don’t know and I don’t care. Can I add “OMG”, “LOL”, and “cray cray” to the list of banished words? Any that I’m missing?

    1. I plead guilty to using OMG and LOL occasionally in very informal typed comments or emails. What really bugs me is in actual conversation when someone says the letters “O-M-G” instead of saying “oh my gawd” or whatever. Either way it’s only three syllables!

      1. Agreed! Saying “O-M-G” is a pet peeve of mine. Sometimes I’ll intentionally say it to my friends who overuse it, to be sarcastic. I don’t know if they get the sarcasm!

    1. Ah yes, I hear that so often that I usually don’t think about it. LIttle girls wear panties. But that diminutive form should be replaced with something else for women … and too often it isn’t. Just another way to demean women.

... and that's my two cents