My Most Disliked Words and Phrases
There are some words and phrases that make me wanna chew on tinfoil and shave my head with a rusty cheese-grater.
Many of us have played Business BS bingo, which is composed of insipid (insipid, now that's a great word!) phrases that make most meetings unbearable–– filled with made-up jargon that makes a speaker seem like they're half-way intelligent. Then there are the malapropisms, mispronounced words, and oxymorons/redundant phrases that are used by people who should know better. Any of course the lingo used by teenagers (and 'tweens'--now there's one I hate) that gets adopted into the way adults talk and is just plain sad. Dress your age, speak your age.
Here are some of my most unfavorite ones. Please feel to add your own. I know I'm missing quite a few, but I've coveniently managed to forget them.
1. Bleeding-edge. "Cutting" is close enough to the edge for me. if you'd like to keep going, well then, be my guest.
2, At the end of the day. It means nothing, other than at some point around 5 or 6pm, everyone gets to go home.
3. Hottie. Ugh. That's all I have to say.
4. Quite frankly. The new "Um" but it seems more meaningful, with still being filler while you think of something that actually does have some meaning.
5. Musings. You can blog, write, try to think of new ideas to write or blog about, but please don't muse.
6. Touch base. Or any sports-related metaphor business-speak for that matter. It essentially means that the person will bother you sometime later to see if you've done what you said you'd do, and then tell you to do something else.
7. Supposebly. Oh for the love of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the word is "supposedly", and in the same vein is "nucular."
8. On the same page. I don't want to be on the same page as you are. I want my own page--full-size full-color, glossy stock with little stars and perforations and a scent-strip on it. I understand what you're saying, just get me off your page.
9. Bromance. Just say some guy is your friend and you hang out together. if you want to add on that you have a bit of a crush on him, by all means, offer that information up too. But don't callit a bromance. And similarly, there's no need to combine celebrities' names when they start a relationship, ala "Brangelina" or "Bennifer".
10.Try-sexual. Yeah, yeah. So you're sexually ambiguous and promiscuous at the moment. We don't need a word for it. The older more offensive words to describe that situation, perfectly good words. Try those instead.
11. Starbuckian (or variations on that theme) Heard mostly in advertising and marketing meetings. A product should never be made into a adjective.
12. Yummy (Yummo) You are not 5-years-old or the host of a cooking show. (well maybe you are, maybe you're both) but still, please avoid at all costs.
13. Teabaggers. It has a particularly kinky sexual meaning, if only they knew.
14. Dellionaire. Frequently used around Austin and other Dell hives. So they worked at Dell as a secretary ages ago and now they've bought a third home on the coast of France. Then got lucky. No catchy label is needed for them.
15. I'm not feelin' it. An ad-speak term that the client will use when being presented with a campaign or concept that he or she doesn't like. Constructive criticism would take too much effort plus he or she feels like playing God and rejecting everything just for kicks.
16. What's-his-face. You know his name, use it. Don't put him down becuase you'd like to pretend you've forgotten. Or if you have forgotten, pay more attention next time.
Sorry to sound like a curmudgeon (another good word), but we need to make these words and phrases obsolete.