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"Other" Expressions and Terms I'd Love to See Vanish From My Life

Updated on March 21, 2013

Notice the smug look on this man's face.

He's smug because he uses over-used phrases.
He's smug because he uses over-used phrases. | Source

Scenes of the people who use the "over-used" expressions

Girls who love to draw attention to themselves
Girls who love to draw attention to themselves | Source
Laid back cool guys
Laid back cool guys | Source
"Loner" male hipsters
"Loner" male hipsters | Source
male hipsters
male hipsters | Source
Girls who love being the center of attention
Girls who love being the center of attention | Source
Groups of cool teens
Groups of cool teens | Source
Socially awkward girls
Socially awkward girls | Source
Packs of teenage guys who try hard to be cool
Packs of teenage guys who try hard to be cool | Source
White female "rappers"
White female "rappers" | Source
Male dancers who are always at social parties
Male dancers who are always at social parties | Source

Writer's note: This hub is lovingly-dedicated to one of my wonderful followers: Catgypsy, who's recent hub that dealt with "her" list of expressions she wanted to see banished from society, inspired me to do my own list of over-used, nerve-grinding expressions and terms. Thank you, Catgypsy. I owe you big time. (Kenneth)

Catgypsy was dead-on with her recent hub about "expressions that she would love to see banished from our society." Not that Catgypsy is a violent girl. Nor is she a racist or bigot, she is a human being with human limits like all of us and her hub hit a nerve with me.

I just wanted to share "my" list of terms and expressions that "I" would love to see deleted, as if by a keystroke by someone's magic PC, then we might move on with our progressive society instead of having to say (and hear) those awful over-used terms such as . . .

"UHHH, YEAH" I've heard this from mostly kids of latter teen years to those of the mid-twenties. Smug people who have their lives together, supposedly, say this to people such as myself, who are judged by appearance to be of a lower level of society.

"SUPPP" just open your mouth and say, "what's up?" Are you that lazy as to just condense a simple, easy to say, two-word phrase like, "what's up," to an annoying, quickly-spoken excuse for the original question? Your answer is "yes?" Really? And you expect to make it in our world?

"HOOK UP" We are not boxcars on a freight train. When did we go from us "being with," or "sharing time" with someone for a night of hot passionate love to a derogatory term like "hook up?" Again, if I never hear this term again, that will be great by me.

"TATT'S" I see. You are too cool to say "tattoo?" Or just too lazy? Either way, I, and many more, have had it with such words. Not that this word is vulgar, it's just aggravating when spoken in public and on our airways (radio and television) each day and night until I am ready to scream. Get another term. A term that can describe a tattoo with some degree of respect such as "body art." That works.

"LIKE" This sickening term should have went at the top of my list. I swear that even when I was able to work and be in public, the word "like" was used so much it was "ran into the ground" by teenage so-called cool dudes and dudette wannabe's that I cringed each time I heard it. And I still do. Cringe, that is. There was this one time when I was waiting at my Walmart pharmacy for my prescription to be filled and this one poor teen guy who was struggling to be noticed (by a few teen girls who were also waiting), said the word "like" a total of 24 times in a time span of five minutes. I kid you not. And what was sad was the teen girls never gave him a second look.

"RIDE" Listen. You ride inside a car. Or on top of a horse. But stop referring to your car as your "ride." Car is well-sufficient for my use.

"TUNES" This is used by hipsters who love to be the center of attention anywhere they happen to be when all you see if them is a boggan and their earphones that run to their iPod's. They have done away with "songs," and think "tunes" is much-cooler. I don't think so. As long as I draw breath, I will continue to use "songs." So deal with it.

"BRO'S" a condensed form of "brothers." I don't see the cool that this short version projects. If you are my "brother," then that will suffice. Do not try to impress those around us by using "bro's" because you do not look cool. At all.

"SWING FOR THE FENCES" why not say, "Jim give it all you got"? Wouldn't that be synonymous with "swing for the fences?" And save time too.

"BIG MAN UPSTAIRS" Hey, His name is God. Sure, He is bigger than the universe, but He might love to hear "God" just one time out of your mouth that is apparently too ashamed to admit that God exists afraid that your so-called, non-believing friends will laugh at you.

"GIMME FIVE" Just slap your "bro's" hand in the air and get it over with. Why even say "gimme five"? We all know what that over-used term means.

And the final annoying, over-used expression is . . .

"ANY GUTTURAL SOUND" that so-called cool guys, both in sports and those who are craving to be a sports star, make when they do the chest bump. Be a man. Not an ape. Only apes grunt when they meet another ape. Last time I looked we were in society, not the Amazon jungle.

"Thanks again, Catgypsy, for the inspiration to this hub. And I was right. Your hub was better."

"Thanks too, to you, my friend, for taking time to just sit down, or stand-up on your subway car and read this on your way to, or from your job."

Sincerely, Kenneth

Girls who are "in" with society such as this girl . . .

just love to impress their friends with words like "cool" and "uhh, yeah."
just love to impress their friends with words like "cool" and "uhh, yeah." | Source


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, HappyMikeWritter,

      Thanks to you too for your positive words and input. I will remember your words, and vocalcoach's words in my future works.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, vocal coach,

      Thank you so very much for your sweet and uplifting words that made me smile.

      I pray that something really good happens to you today.

    • HappyMikeWritter profile image


      5 years ago

      Thank you for making the list. Me as not a native speaker always look for new things to learn :-) Found your hub raidly interesting. voted up

    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I hope this hub of yours gets passed around to the very ones who need it. This is magnificent and covers every term I hope to never hear again. When the term "like" was inserted between every word spoken I thought I would lose my mind. :)

      Your list is my list. Very good hub which I will happily share and voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. Big hugs to you my friend.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Dear picklesandrufus,

      You too, my dear friend and writer, are very highly-thought of by yours truly.

      I love your tender spirit that always cheers me up.


      I love you all.


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, lupine,

      Thanks so very much for your nice words on this hub. You are very appreciated.

      Come back and visit with me anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Gypsy Rose Lee,

      So shall we venture by cruise ship to Russia so we can pick up a new phrase or two?

      I would love to master that language. It's so strong.

      Thanks for your sweet comment.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, LastHeart,

      I am very humbled by your comment. No one has ever referred to me as a teacher. Thank you, but if it's okay with you, I would be more at ease at must being a student of life, people, and the written word.

      Thanks again!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you for your comment. And dear friend, you are absolutely right. A bro. is a brother in all aspects of the term. Able and willing to come to your aid in a split second.

      Thanks for opening my eyes.

      Us cool bro's are always in the market for knowledge.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Catgypsy,

      Thank you, dear friend, for the compliment and comment, but I love your hub more.

      That is just me being up-front with you.

      Hey, here is a hub idea for you: Write a hub about expressions that we do not use or hear anymore.

      Might be a challenge.

      Come back soon.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Angela,

      I love your comment. And you too, my dear friend and follower. I wish I could take you and all of my followers out to a steak dinner at the fanciest place in Texas.

      I'd do it in a heartbeat.

      Thanks again.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear shea duane,

      Where have you been? I've missed you girl. Thanks for dropping by and leaving me, "like," this, "ya know," comment.

      "Like," I like your, "like," comments.


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear LongTimeMother,

      Yes, they are this way in my area, but my pests roll their eyes as if I have asked them to move the earth.

      I guess I am way too human for my good.

      Maybe I should travel to Tibet and spend a year with those enlightened monks who live on top of those peaceful mountains.

      I would bet that these guys know how to use correct English.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Hi, friend. Thanks for the comment and vote, both I appreciate so much.

      "Duhh," is okay if used only by pretty ladies. That, I can live with.

      But to be honest. I would loathe being out to dinner with a pretty woman and every other respose to my compliments was "duhhh."

      I would suddenly have a massive headache and carry this doll home.

      Even paradise has a limit.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Wow, Pig Latin! You are the very first on HP to bring up this vintage system of communicating with friends in front of those teachers who were a bit overbearing.

      Thanks for the comment. And the great emorybay.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Kathleen,

      Thank you, my good friend, for your honest comment. In all sincerity, I wish I had your IQ of English-related terms. I really do. I confess. In every English class I had in school, I now regret not listening but just admiring the pretty girls who adorned our classes.

      My bad. Or maybe my good?

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ DDE,

      You are a warm and wonderful friend. And critic. Thank you for your objectivity in your comments.

      I have the BEST followers on HP!

    • picklesandrufus profile image


      5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I have to agree with you Kenneth. Loved your pictures too! Always enjoy your hubs.

    • lupine profile image


      5 years ago from Southern California (USA)

      Kenneth, again, a well thought out, realistic hub...same here, I find some of these over-used and annoying.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. I quite agree. There are people on our side of the world having grown up and influenced by Russian they speak a language the best I can explain as a horrible mix of Latvian and Russian so that when you hear them you have no idea what in the world their trying to say. Reminded me of the line I know you're trying to tell be something but I have no idea what it is.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Kenneth in your very personal style you are a great teacher. Inspiring article!

    • Natashalh profile image


      5 years ago from Hawaii

      Hey now, bro is a useful word. A bro is a certain kind of person. I don't like bro's because they're annoying, but calling someone a bro is used as a description. A bro likes wearing sandals, some sort of khaki or Easter egg color shorts, a polo with a popped collar, and a visor with a pre-frayed brim. He probably listens to Dave Mathew's Band and Phish and he loves playing beer pong with light beer. He's a bro!

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      5 years ago from the South

      Kenneth, I LOVE your list and agree with all of them. And yours was funny, of course, which made it so much more entertaining! Thanks for this came up with some real doozies!

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      Angela Blair 

      5 years ago from Central Texas

      Amen to every word you wrote, Kenneth. The true English language is going the way of the wild goose -- way away. The gutteral grunts and growls I hear today should come from an ape and not a human being. Best/Sis

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      shea duane 

      5 years ago from new jersey

      supp Ken, i hooked up with your hub. way cool. I'd giveya five, but dat aint poss. no diss... gotta love it. yo.

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      5 years ago from Australia

      lol. I don't know if teenagers do this in your part of the world, Kenneth, but it irks me over here when you ask a teen a question and they give you a sing-song kind of grunt that would probably say "I dunno" if they bothered to move their lips and tongue.

      Voted up. :)

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      5 years ago

      I still like "duh"...:)

      "Tatts" (or "tats") is not only overused--it's offensive to tattoo artists. Every one of those pros I've known has had a thing about that. It's like "sci fi", another nails-on-chalkboard sound to the science fiction purists.

      Voted Up and More.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      oday ouyay ememberray igpay atinlay? Then there was the mindless giggles of those try to hide they (we) just shared a joint.

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I agree with all of these. Not sure I could make a list that would fit into a hub. My biggest complaint is using words incorrectly, because if it goes on long enough, it becomes accepted use. Sorry, I still don't think you should split inventives or use myriad as a noun instead of an adjective, but I'm being out voted by the general public.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Cool you have approached this hub with such brilliance and I think it won't be that easy in getting rid of those expressions, also it is so true about these expressions. Voted up and interesting


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