Most overused words or phrases
I'll start by admitting I'm guilty of using my share of the words or phrases below. Some come on strong and then fade away, others however, just stay and become a part of our language. Some are victims of technology, Off the hook! Others survive the times, Don't go there! I mean Really?? See what I did there?
It is what it is - What does this even mean? Of course it is what it is, if it's red it's red, that's what it is. Coaches love to say "We are what we are" as if this really answers any questions about his team. I'm guessing this gem originated when a dad wanted to give deep fatherly advice but had nothing. So he just winged it. "Son, it is what it is." Gee thanks Dad, I get it now.
Really?? - Really?? You're going to add this to the list? Really?? This one wasn't so bad a few years back but now it's just tired. Every sitcom uses it, we get it, someone is doing something silly/stupid/embarrassing so you hit them with Really? It's the new "Seriously?".
It's All Good - This phrase has been around for a while. It's one thing if you were at Bonnaroo trying to score some weed, sounds a little different at 9:30 in the morning on a Tuesday at the office. Even worse if followed by "in the hood".
Just Sayin' - A popular phrase used at wedding toasts, it kind of gives the speaker a free pass. "Like in Vegas when SOMEBODY got drunk and hooked up with that skank, I'm just sayin," We know you're just saying it, you just did...Similar to when your mom says an awful thing about someone but follows it up with a "God Love her" or "Bless her heart".
I mean - Lately I've noticed when asked a question, almost everyone responds with "I mean....blah blah" Let's just take if for granted from here on out that if you say it you mean it. Do we have a deal?
Awesome - I had to put this on the list, there's no getting around it. But sometimes there just isn't a better word for a moment. Synonyms include: alarming, breathtaking, majestic, and magnificent, but you're never going to say "That new phone is breathtaking". Maybe I'll start using magnificent.
I know, Right? - A hippie/slacker favorite, this saying is a sort of hybrid agreement term. I know, I agree, and also right, as in you are right. Understand?
Like - Not just your teenager's favorite word anymore, this is like, everywhere. It's hard to find anyone under 40 who doesn't constantly use this word. Like when I was at the grocery store the other day this guy was like taking forever in line. i was so pissed I was like, "Dude, hurry up!!".
It's Whatever - When whatever just isn't going to cut it, it's whatever. This is the more hip version of it is what it is....which is whatever.
For Real - Yep, for real, that really happened. I'm going to start making up stories just so people can say "For Real?" and I can say nope, made it all up, sucka!! Yes for real!! This isn't Sims or Facebook where everything is fake!! *Even worse if made plural...For Reals? Ughh.
You know what I'm saying? - Well, do you? This one is mainly used by rappers and people who want to be rappers. Sure, I know what your saying but I have know idea what you mean.
Well there's my short awesome list of overly used words and phrases, I'll probably be adding to this list periodically so it is what it is. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments section as I'm sure I missed a bunch of them, I mean, just sayin'.
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