We thought it might rival “fiscal cliff,” the most-nominated phrase on the 2013 list, but it didn’t come close.Cal of Cherry Hill, NJ wonders, “Are there intellectual creditors?When humanity looks back on zombie buzzwords, they will see disruption bumping into other overused synonyms for change. Now we are all encouraged to have a ‘conversation,’ and everything will somewhat be magically resolved.” “Over the past five years or so, this word has been increasingly used by talking heads on radio, television and in political circles to describe every form of verbal communication known to mankind. “Somewhere along the line, this word became a trendy replacement for ‘that is a problem.’ I just hate it.” – Sharon Martin, Hagerstown, Md.So the word that received the most nominations this year was already banished, but today it is being used differently than it was in 1999, when nominators were saying, “I am SO down with this list! “Currently, it is being overused as the first word in the answer to ANY question. It has replaced ‘discussion,’ ‘debate,’ ‘chat,’ ‘discourse,’ ‘argument,’ ‘lecture,’ ‘talk’…of which can provide some context to the nature of the communication. “Anything that the speaker finds vaguely inconvenient or undesirable, such as an opposing political belief or bad traffic.“The word suggests that we develop relationships not for the simple value of the person we call ‘friend,’ for the pleasure of being in a community of people and for the simple joys of sharing bonds of affection and common care, but that we instead develop these relationships out of some sort of expectation of a monetary reward.” – Collette Coullard, Sault Ste. Early in 2014, Steve Kaufman of Houston, Tex., could be heard screaming, “I’ve only heard it twice and already know by the end of the year I’ll want to scream.” “Short-form for ‘crazy’ and sometimes just one ‘cra.’ I hear kids (including my 6 yr. ‘That snowstorm yesterday was ‘cra-cra.'” – Esther Proulx, Sault Ste. Further, I am not aware of any team or mascot that has the carrying capacity to be a nation.” – Kelly Frawley, Waunakee, Wisc. “People have taken pictures of themselves for almost as long as George Eastman’s company made film and cameras. “I twitch when I hear twerk, for to twerk proves one is a jerk — or is at least twitching like a jerk. “Society is changing and no longer is it odd for a man to take care of his children. “Every passing storm or event is tagged as ice-ageddon or snow-pocalypse.“Nothing more self-aggrandizing than sport team fans referring to themselves as a nation! Suddenly, with the advent of smartphones, snapping a ‘pic’ of one’s own image has acquired a vastly overused term that seems to pop up on almost every form of social media available to us…. Twerking has brought us to a new low in our lexicon.” – Lisa, New York, NY “Time to dance this one off the stage.” – Jim, Flagstaff, Ariz. There’s a limited supply of …ageddons and …pocalypses; I believe it’s one, each.Should not empower dads to pursue a sedentary lifestyle. Selfie Drone – In what could be an ominous development, the selfie – an irritating habit of constantly photographing and posting oneself to social media – is being handed off to a flying camera. Frankenfruit – Another food group co-opted by “frankenfood.” Not to be confused with other forms of genetically modified language. “It has become widespread to the point of an epidemic,” said a sickened John from Philadelphia, Penn.
Let’s either say ‘press conference’ or ‘press release’ or come up with something more original, intelligent and interesting! “This industry buzzword has slipped into usage in news reporting and now that they have started, they can’t seem to stop using it.” – Richard W. “Men don’t need another disgusting-sounding word thrown into the vocabulary to describe something they do…You’re just taking too much room on this train seat, be a little more polite…” – Carrie Hansen, Caledonia, Mich. Stop calling your boyfriend ‘bae’.” — Evie Dunagan, Manheim, Penn. I heard someone refer to their ramen noodles as ‘bae’! “The most annoying term of affection to show up in years. “A dumb, annoying word.” — James Becker, Holly, Mich. Priddy noted that it quickly jumped from the weather forecast to other areas, as he said he knew it would: “Today’s St. “I just received an e-mail for a book called ‘Marriage Hacks.’ I have seen articles about life hacks, home improvement hacks, car hacks, furniture hacks, painting hacks, work hacks and pretty much any other hack you can think of. Phrases such as ‘I have the skill set to do that properly’ or anything resembling that phrase, shows the speaker is seriously lacking skills in the art of conversation. By the way, your website is so ‘swag.'” – Alex, Roanoke, Va. Do we call people who like wine ‘winies’ or beer lovers ‘beeries’? “‘Someone who enjoys food’ applies to everyone on Earth. ‘Oh, I’m an airie; I just love to breathe.’ ‘Could we do it at 11, instead?Post-Truth – To paraphrase the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, we are entitled to our own opinions but not to our own facts. What’s considered as such is best left to historians rather than the contemporary media. Golf greens are the closest grass comes to being manicured. Needs to return to its genesis: perfectly groomed eyebrows. Ghost – To abruptly end communication, especially on social media.Guesstimate – When : 8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning. Bigly – Did the candidate say “big league” or utter this 19th-Century word that means, ? Is it rejection angst, or is this word really as overused as word-banishment nominators contend? Dadbod – The flabby opposite of a chiseled-body male ideal. ” – The Committee is not sure why this malapropism got nominators’ dander up in 2016.So, I submit the extra, meaningless, and overused word ‘so.’” – Scott Shackleton, Sault Ste. “Politicians, especially, are using this word when asked a question and not answering said question. “Frequently used to begin a sentence, particularly in response to a question, this tiresome and grammatically incorrect replacement for “Like,” or “Um,” is even more irksome…It hurts my ears, every single time I hear it! “We need to socialize this concept with our ‘stakeholders.’” “Dr.It is used by all parties in Canada’s Federal election. Van Helsing should be the only stake holder,” says Jeff Baenen of Minneapolis, Minn.“A pretentious way of saying ‘selected.’ It’s enormously overused.” – Kristi Hoerauf, San Francisco, Calif. K., ‘takeaway’ food is known as ‘to go’ here in the Colonies. “Purely with reference to a specific teams’ fans, this word needs to go. “Let’s just keep with ‘shake yer booty’ — no need to ‘twerk’ it! “Come on down, we’re havin’ car-ageddon, wine-ageddon, budget-ageddon, a sale-ageddon, flower-ageddon, and so-on-and-so-forth-ageddon!