Expressions I Hope Disappear in 2013!

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Every generation has it's slang and we all use it to some degree. Then it becomes over-used and irritating, at least for me! I'm sure some of you agree and hope 2013 brings some new expressions and that others are dropped into the "never to be heard again" pile. Here are just some of the expressions I hope disappear in 2013. Let me know what you would add to the list.

BABY BUMP

Ohhhhhhh, if I hear about one more "baby bump" on some celebrity I'm truly going to scream! To be honest, at first I thought this was a kind of cute, but it has lost any cuteness it ever had for me. Another thing is when they claim the first sighting of their baby bump. Just last week I saw the cover of one of the popular entertainment magazines showing pictures of Jennifer Anniston's baby bump...she was wearing a coat and you couldn't even see her stomach! But they proclaimed it was there. How ridiculous. Let's just be adults and let the pregnancy start to show without these premature sightings. And refrain from calling it a baby bump!

AWESOME

The original meaning of the word awesome meant "something which inspires awe." And awe means astonishment, wonder, reverence. As a writer I find it a very powerful word, used in that respect. However, now that it has become a slang word, it has lost it's wonderful meaning. You can't even use it properly anymore. What a shame. I'm sorry, but I don't find that grilled cheese sandwich you made me "awesome." I really miss the true meaning of this word!

DUDE and BITCH

I can see a guy calling another guy dude, but when you now see girls calling each other dudes, I don't get it. The same goes for bitch. While it's not nice to call anyone a bitch, it should at least be reserved for a female. What possessed guys to start calling each other this word? Have we completely switched the gender roles in this country? I'm totally confused, disgusted and soooo tired of this trend!

IT IS WHAT IT IS

I feel this expression is used more as an excuse than anything else. Something happens and, instead of trying to fix the problem or situation, we say, "it is what it is." Therefore, we can just accept it, ignore it, let it go. One of the best things I saw on a t-shirt was "It is what it is..or is it?" I really need to get one of those!

FOLLOW YOUR PASSION

I'm addressing this one to my fellow Internet marketing pals. You are constantly told to "follow your passion." You want to build a website and make money from it...follow your passion. Well, let me tell you, I have done this. Some of my first websites were things I had a passion for. They didn't make any money. Just because you're crazy about something doesn't mean a zillion other people are too...maybe not even a few hundred. The best piece of advice I ever got was "forget your passion, pick something you know a lot about." So, please, let's stop telling people to follow their passion. This is what starving artists are all about!

WHATEVER

Along the same lines as "it is what it is." Let's not discuss something...if you don't agree, just say "whatever." Don't pick from a choice of things. When asked what you want for lunch, just say "whatever." You can really get out of a lot of effort to communicate by using this one! I think we are finding more and more ways to NOT communicate these days. If you don't want to have to commit yourself to anything, just say "whatever."

IT'S ALL GOOD

I have been working very hard on being more optimistic and looking for the one good thing in a bad situation. When I hear someone tell me how they broke their leg and now can't work and can't afford the medical bills they are piling up, and then say, "but it's all good", I want to feel admiration for their attitude, but I can't. I used to feel so guilty when I heard this because I was ashamed that I wouldn't be that positive about things. After thinking about it for awhile, I finally decided this is just too much optimism...it's just not realistic. If you can honestly feel that way, then more power to you, but it's another expression I wish would go away. Sorry, but I'm just tired of hearing how all the bad things going on are "all good." It's just too contradictive for my taste!

Well, this is my list and I'm sure some of you will agree with some or all and some will not agree with any. Whatever, it's all good and that's awesome, dude! Please tell me what you would add to the list or take off my list!




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KathyH 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

What a fun hub topic! :) Totally awesome, and it is what it is. I totally look forward to reading more from you, dudette! :) :) (Totally - that's one expression I would add!) You did a great job on this!


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland

What a great hub - and sorry I don't me to make you totally fed up so early in 2013, but I voted your article as funny and emmm 'awesome!'

But I do agree especially about the 'baby bump' - it really gets on my nerves!!! Also the gender switching crap that goes on! Having said that - and I don't know if this is just a UK thing or not - but a few years ago in the UK is seemed to be a trend for guys to call their girlfriends or fiances 'my bitch'. So a guy would be talking to a friend and then say something like 'I'm taking my bitch out for a drink tonight'!! I found this soooo digusting, offensive and irritating and I often thought, do creeps like him also have their 'bitch' on a collar and lead, like the dog equivalent? I haven't actually heard this in a while, so I'm hoping that it has lost its appeal and I hope you get your wish for your hated sayings in 2013!

Great hub + voted up +shared!


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RelayMom 3 years ago

I am a newbie to Hubs and it was so great to see just an all around fun Hub in the mix. I definitely agree with Bitch, Dude, and baby bump was always odd to me and I'm a mom lol. I totally undestand what you mean about awesome, but alas I am an "awesome" user. I'm pretty sure awesome has been replaces by "epic" in the dictionary now.


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Thanks Kathy!Hahaha...such a funny reply! You're absolutely right, I forgot totally! Thanks for reading!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Seeker, thanks for the votes...even the awesome...hahaha. That's true in the US too..guys calling their girlfriends their bitch and I agree completely with you. Soooo disrespectful and disgusting. We had some weird expressions when I was younger too, but they weren't as bad as the ones now!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

RelayMom, welcome to HubPages! Thanks for reading my hub and commenting. I have to admit that I actually say awesome once in a blue moon...you hear it so much, it just slips out on occasion!


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Very fun hub, but I must admit, I am guilty of using more than one of those on a fairly regular basis! No worries (how'd you forget that one?!) Thank you so much for this "awesome" hub!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Thanks btrbell. It's funny you should bring up "no worries" because we had some friends from England years ago and he would always say that, but it was in a very comforting way. Thanks for your awesome comment...haha!


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SallyTX 3 years ago from Only In Texas!

Honey, you need to add "None of the Above" to your poll choices for old southern gals like me! In my humble opinion, you'd have to be dumb as a sack of rocks to use any of those expressions! ;D Voted up and interesting!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Sally, you are so funny! Actually, I almost did add "none of the above"! Thanks so much for your comment and votes!

I was born in Texas, but unfortunately we moved when I was a few months old (my dad was in the Air Force), but I love Texans. My very favorite uncle was from Texas.


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SallyTX 3 years ago from Only In Texas!

Thanks Cat Gypsy! Some of us have our good points, while others of us are Rick Perry. ;D


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kenneth avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dearest Catgypsy,

Wish I had written this hub. Outstanding! You said what all of us wanted to say, and couldn't. I voted UP and all across on this magnificent piece of work. And NO. I do not use any of the annoying expressions on your list. And yes, babe, I've heard all of these even in the small venue where I live and I despise hearing them.

Plus, when the teen girls with way too much eyeliner and mascara use "whatever," then fake "sigh," and roll their eyes . . .oh, man, that ticks me good.

I have to just walk away from these "packs" of young, fast-living teen queen wannbe's--and their awful boy-t0y's who do not even get a word in edge-wise.

Hey, I need to run. My thermometer is already at peak HOT!!!

Keep up the great hubs, my dear cat!

Me, Pam, Festus, Peter and the "kitten-kids," LOVE your work!!!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Thanks Kenneth! You are so kind with your wonderful compliments!

My love to all of you!


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kenneth avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dear Catgypsy,

Hey, girl! You are most welcome for all of what I said, and all I say, is THE truth.

YOU ARE a very, very talented writer. Very creative and imaginative. I urge you to keep up the great works.

And in ME, you will always have a FAN!

Kenneth and Crew


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Kenneth, you are too kind and sweet! Thanks, my dear friend.


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Monica Kay 215 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

Fun topic. i would like to add YOLO.


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kenneth avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dear catgypsy,

Thank you kindly for your sweet compliments. And you are very welcome. Anytime, because what I say to you is THE TRUTH!


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

I would add, "green," and its variants: "greening; going green; being green; doing the green thing," etc.

I'm all in favor of careful husbandry of the environment, but this "green" movement has become little more than a political catch-phrase, and I want to scream when I hear it spoken or see it in print. "Enough is enough and too much is plenty," as my dad used to say when something had been overdone.

Loved your Hub, and I agree fully. Voted up, interesting and useful, but studiously avoided "awesome." ;-)


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Monica, thanks for reading my hub. I don't know what YOLO means...that's a new one to me!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

DzyMsLizzy...that's a good one too! Or bad one, haha, I should say! I agree, the whole "green" thing is getting old. I get tired of hearing anything to do with the phrase too.

Thanks for the votes and not using awesome! I can honestly say that, for me, I do not think my hub is awesome...not in the way I think of awesome.


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paxwill 3 years ago from France

I think "baby bump" is rather short and sweet, better than "protruding pregnant belly" or something else more medical. But I agree with you on "it is what it is." Seems like people just say that when there's nothing really to say.

"YOLO" is "you only live once."


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Oh...thanks for the definition of YOLO! Yep, that's one that should go too. Just a good excuse to do something you probably shouldn't be doing! :D

Thanks for your comment!


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Great list! I'm afraid that I,too, am an "awesome" user...I tell my students all the time how awesome they are....but then I also say that sandwich was awesome...my mother-in-law gets mad at me for using the word...she tells me all the time that only God is awesome..

Anyway...voted up and across....even awesome!! Lol (also shared!)


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Another word here I do not understand so far is YO......it really bugs me to no end. My young son uses it often and I want to run away as i do not prefer to shout on him for that word actually.

Never the less dear...its an 'awesome' hub for 'whatever' reason....and yes 'it is what it is' .....'dude'...LOL ha ha ha .....Sorry dear but I had a real good laugh. You are really excellent in this one. Voted up interesting and sharing across. Take care aways

deergha


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC

Hi catgypsy!

This hub is so well expressed that it has caused me to consider changing the use of some of my favorite phrases! I too, abhor the use (or more appropriately) the overuse of words that effectively communicate great ideas and thought. Alas, I have to admit to being one of the perpetrators of this action.

Thanks for the hub and the notice! I'm on it!

Bruce


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I have to agree with the green stuff but use it on Hubpages it gets views.

I said to someone one time is it green and they said no it’s brown.

I hate baby daddy and I’m sick of seeing celebrities pregnant unclothed baby bellies on magazines and TV.

I’m guilty I say whatever and gross all the time.

My bad, they seem to think when they say that everything is ok no matter what they have done.

This was a good hub girlfriend. Voted up


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KevinC9998 3 years ago

Hello, I voted your hub "Awesome"" sorry but it was! Kevin


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

justateacher, I think when you are around kids, it is easier to pick up their lingo, so I'll give you a break on that one! Thanks so much for the votes (even the awesome...I'll make an exception to the word on here...haha) and the share.


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

dghbrh, I love your comment...so funny! I forgot all about YO! Another annoying one for sure. Thanks for reading, voting and sharing.


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Bruce, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. We just have to come up with new expressions I guess! I'll pass that assignment onto you...haha!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

moonlake (love that name, by the way!) I completely agree with baby daddy and seeing bare pregnant celebrities bellies! Call me old fashioned, but I always thought you should have some dignity while being pregnant.

I use the word gross a lot too, but at least it means what it means...disgusting. One I forgot to put on the list was "sick"...meaning something good. It took me a long time to figure out how it was being used.

Thanks for reading and voting up!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Kevin...haha...thanks! Thanks for stopping by and reading.


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I've been saying awesome since college- my roommate would say it and I picked it up from her. Yet for some reason I also said dude all the time. I'm not a surfer, I just kept saying it. Eventually I stopped but I think sometimes language reflects the place you are in life and it can go either way.

Yet the term baby bump upsets me. When I think of bumps I think of puss, irritation, and acne. Pregnancy isn't like that in my eyes- it's a stage of life many women cherish. I haven't been pregnant but I wouldn't want someone to call my future child a bump.

Great hub! Voted up and shared!


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SallyTX 3 years ago from Only In Texas!

On the other hand, there are sayings that I remember from my childhood that I used to say, no longer do, but sort of miss. When I was a child, people used to "Tch!" in disapproval. This is a sound you make with your tongue, "Tch! Tch!" You could use it to surreptitiously comment to a friend about something going on or quietly correct a child who was just about to go astray.

My aunts used to say "Lands sake!", "My stars!" and such. You never hear that anymore, either, and I think that's a shame.

We used to say pregnant women were "expecting" and people who were dieting were "reducing". All rather gracious sayings that have fallen by the wayside.


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Alecia, I agree. I tend to be a sponge and pick up things from whoever I'm hanging out with. And, of course, age has something to do with it. Younger people are going to use the current slang more than the older folks!

I love what you said about the baby bump. It is so disrespectful to me, and I agree that I wouldn't want someone calling my future child a bump!

Thanks for reading, voting and sharing!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Sally, I remember the "tch tch" too! I think what you said is so important...that we had gracious ways of saying things. We have become so crude these days and it's a shame.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by to read my hubs!


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kenneth avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dear catgypsy,

Great hub here. Informative and helpful. I wish the young, pre-teen girls in my hometown who run in packs would at least be sincere when they say, "SOOORRRREEEEEEEEE," when they run over you in line or just hit you when they run to the makeup counters. I could live with the physical abuse, but the stretching out of a SORRY only to be cool and IN with their packs, no thanks!!!1


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Neinahpets 3 years ago from Greater Toronto Area, Canada

I tell you another one I'd like to see go away is "SMH" So much hate... I can't stand it!!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Kenneth, I know exactly what you mean! Thanks for that input!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Neinahpets, I haven't heard that one, but I'm tired of the whole "haters" thing. If you criticize someone, your just a hater...a bit extreme and also a great way to ignore the criticism! Thanks for stopping by!


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Neinahpets 3 years ago from Greater Toronto Area, Canada

Oh yes, I definitely hate that one too catgypsy!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I agree with you on so many of these. I tend to use awesome too much, I think it has become a habit. "What ever" has become my way of ending a conversation when hubby is in the mood for a friendly argument. I enjoyed your hub, voted up and interesting! :)


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

I have to admit I was using "whatever" way too much too...I finally broke the habit...because it is a good response when, like you said, someone's in the mood for an argument. Thanks for stopping by and reading and voting!


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kenneth avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

On March 11

Dearest Catgypsy,

I love this hub. So much so, I am going to write MY OWN version of it, with your permission of course, but NOT use any of your terms that still torque me when I hear them.

And to prove just how much I appreciate this work, I am going to dedicate mine to YOU at the top.

Deal?


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

It's a deal! I'm looking forward to reading yours!


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kenneth avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Thanks, Dear Catgypsy,

But I promise you that mine WILL NOT be as good, nor as funny as yours.

I mean that.

:) KA


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Not true! I'm sure yours will be funnier...I'm not the natural comic you are.


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kenneth avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Awww, aren't you the sweet friend, cat gypsy.

Now if I can get this sick stomach defeated, I will write it. Seems that these days my health is fighting me, but I'm a stubborn old guy. Just hope that works.

Please pray for me.


MysticMoonlight 3 years ago

Oh my, AGREE!!! I do over use awesome and I actually get on my own nerves about it...working on it :) I totally relate, your list is dead-on. My most hated over used expression is, 'Took it to a whole 'nother level'. It makes me cringe just typing it! I sure hope this one goes as well! Fun and interesting topic and well done, you could not be more right-on!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South Author

Thanks Mystic! Yes, the "took it to a whole nother level" is one I agree with too! Thanks for stopping by!


MysticMoonlight 3 years ago

My pleasure and great Hub :)

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