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Newly-Discovered Words, Phrases That Make Me Sick

Updated on January 28, 2014

Dear followers

This is my dear friend, Catgypsy. She is a very talented writer I met during my time on HubPages. And glad of it. She has taught me a lot about cats, writing, and life. For these lessons which are priceless, I thank her for that.

I am dedicating this hub to her simply because last year she was talking to me (on the phone) and she began to talk about things people say and sometimes say too much. I was struck with lightning to see where she was going with her discussion.

Then one day I was writing a hub and after I had finished, I did some searching to see who all had written hubs so I could read them, and lo and behold, there it was. A masterpiece hub written by my friend, Catgypsy about (her) ideas of things people overuse in daily life. I loved it.

And now with several months passing, I want to honor her and our friendship with what I am calling "Newly-Discovered Words, Phrases That Make Me Sick."

I hate to be so graphic, but that's how I express my disgust at hearing the words and phrases listed below. If you have a weak stomach or squeamish, I suggest that you just stay put. These words and phrases, which I loathe, just might cheer you up.

People are different.

Sincerely, KENNETH

Call me


is just one of the many overused words and phrases that has attached themselves to people in 2014. I suppose, by carefully-listening to these people yak about their lives, loves, and failing grades in junior college, I can assume that this select group of people use these words and phrases as a safety net or duck blind to hide behind to mask their own shortcomings. If I had my way, and those social engineers who promote such short words and phrases would listen to me, I would delete forever, "call me," and replace it with, "Would you please give me a call?" This phrase is much-more sensitive and respectable.

COOL is another overused word the girl in the photo below is saying to her boyfriend who is suggesting that they do some canoeing this weekend in some national park and resort. Instead of saying, "Jim, that sounds fine. What time are you going to pick me up?" She simply shows her communication laziness by using "cool" too many times.

SWEEEEET I've heard this one word so much that I get instantly-nauseated when I hear it on television and public. So that explains why I do not venture out in pubic or stay on one channel too much on my television. My sanity, or what's left of it, is more important to me than this one stupid word spoken by teenagers and 20 something's who try so hard to be cool. And can't.

DIGITS is said by pseudo-cool teens and 20 something's instead of numbers. EXAMPLE: "I give the girl my digits," when "I gave Alice my number," which to me sounds more mature.

HOOKING-UP sounds like people who work for a major railroad as they "hook up" the boxcars on a train headed out of the train yard destined for Maine. Just say, "I plan on getting with Janice later tonight," when you are boasting to your friends of your sexual prowess. This sounds much more adult and less mechanical.

DA BOMB sadly, is making a comeback. I said sadly because I thought it had died. Please, young people, and those who want to be young again, use any positive, understandable adjective or phrase when describing a rap concert or demolition derby star and leave this "Da Bomb" in the grave.

FRONTIN' Okay. I admit it. I am not African American. I am not a superstar rapper or his or her handler. This word means putting up a fake front to deceive someone. Would it be less cool for the rapper or caucasian rapper to say, "Hey, you are telling a lie"? My suggestion is more aggressive and gets the liar's attention quicker.

TUNES has taken the place of songs. Not with me. I still use "songs" when I engage in conversations about music. The only instance I use "tunes," is when I discuss the iconic Warner Bros. cartoon legacy, "Looney Tunes."

YOU FEEL ME Actually no. I do not want to "feel" of you when you talk to me. I had much rather listen, process and understand. But somehow my choice of NOT using "feel me," is not heard by the masses of people when they talk face-to-face, mostly in angered tones, "you feel me?" I guess that means the person using this term has reached a certain enlightened level of coolness and power. No thanks. I'll stick to, "do you understand what I am saying?"

CHOW DOWN isn't used by African American rappers. At all. But white people, mostly those who come from a much-rigid background. EXAMPLE: "Ned, I'm starving. Let's hit Deny's and chow down!" Hey, I got an idea? Why not say, "Ned, I'm starving. Let's go to Deny's and have dinner." Oh, doesn't that sound much better? The other sounds like horses who have learned to talk about eating out.

F-I-N-E is used to replace, "I think you look fabulous, Karin." I really see no harm is using "fine," to compliment a girl's looks, but personally, I like to elaborate the point. "Karin, may I say that it is a sin for a girl to look as hot as you do tonight."

If this has helped, leave me a comment below. If this hasn't helped, please do not use profanities in my comment box.

I really appreciate it.

It's Be Honest Time

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    • lilmissmontana profile image

      Erin Nichols 

      4 years ago from Montana

      I must say, as one of the younger generation, I agree with the majority of these phrases. Yes, I am guilty on numerous counts, but some of these are ridiculous and should not be brought up in even casual conversation. Personally, I cannot stand when people say "you feel me". That one drives me crazy. You did an excellent job picking out overused terms and phrases. And now I will be paying closer attention to what my peers are saying. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thanks to you as usual for your comments. I think highly of you and your ideas and thoughts.

      Please visit with me anytime for I am always home.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      That is fine to have mixed emotions about this or any subject. I was simply stating how irritated I get in public when I hear a certain phrase being over-used intentionally by someone, a teen or twenty-something, who is deliberately trying to impress a girl or the line we are waiting in to see a movie.

      Just say your word or phrase once and move on.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, DzyMsLizzy,

      Nice to hear from you. Thanks for your comments on my hub, this one and all of the rest in the past.

      I am prone to agree with you. Each generation has its own supply of phrases. Some to be cool and some to be accepted by whatever group they are vying for.

      I just get annoyed at the over-usage. I guess people my age now (in my younger years) were equally-irritated when my friends and I would belt-out, "yeah, man," or simply, "man, do you dig it?"

      How foolish I have been.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest Catgypsy,

      My dear friend, you are so welcome for the dedication. You deserved it. I still believe that you need to be in HP's Weekly Nuggets for your talent in explaining things in a concise and interesting manner.

      I am glad that you are in my life.

      Love you.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you for your two comment slots. If I may, I want to condense my reply about both in this one box.

      Yes, tell me about it. The "you know," and "dude," gets my goat every tune I hear it. Ashton Cutcher, one of my least-favorite people pops to mind when I hear "dude."

      I too and guilty of using "cool," and "far out" back in the 60's, but with age comes silence.

      I do not know of any catch-phrases I use in my age bracket today.

      Oh yeah. "do whatttt?" I use when I hear something really senseless.

      Thanks for your kind words.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Newly-Discovered Words, Phrases That Make Me Sick interesting and informative learning about such stuff I to sometimes feel this way.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I have to admit to using both "cool" and "far out" at times, though the latter is usually used at the last moment to replace another "f" word in stressful or difficult

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      4 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      I have mixed emotions about the subject of this hub. Each generation has it's slang words that are bound to creep into the vocabulary of older generations. Most of us cringe when we hear Granny exclaim 'Far out! " when she gets excited, but it is okay, as I see it, the overuse of popular expression is woven in to the fabric of life..

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      Liz Elias 

      4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Well put. I agree, much of this trendy vernacular is over-used, and it gets at best, boring, at worst, nauseating, as you say.

      I believe one of my own pet peeves is the twisting of words to an opposite or slant-wise meaning, such as the current use of "sick" to mean "extremely nice, well-done or beautiful."

      With "cool," however, I have to admit my guilt. I grew up in 1950's- 1960's San Francisco; the height of the 'beatnik' craze and "bohemian cafe poets," as well as the later hippie trend, and I think that is where "cool" got it's start (e.g., "a bunch of cool cats"). Though I remained sheltered from actual contact by my parents, I nevertheless heard plenty of that slang in school.

      I'm not sure that's any worse than my mother's generation using "peachy," or "peachy-keen!"

      Voted up, interesting, funny and useful.

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      4 years ago from the South

      Kenneth, thank you for your kind words and dedicating the hub to me...I'm honored! I love your list and agree with all of them! Every generation has it's slang, but it seems nowadays it goes into every generation. You hear 50 year olds saying "Awwwwwweeesome!"

      Hope you've been staying warm, my friend!!!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Another interesting hub Kenneth. A term I can't stand is when someone repeated says, " know?" at the end of every sentence....or calls everyone, "dude". Voted up.


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