They are really not just words, but many are phrases (which are of course, words that are strung together) and they are as follows:
• perfect storm • Webinar • waterboarding • organic • wordsmith/wordsmithing • author/authored • post 9/11 • surge • give back • ‘blank’ is the new ‘blank’ • Black Friday • back in the day • sweet • decimate • emotional • pop • It is what it is • under the bus
I am happy to say I have never (or rarely) used these in my regular conversations. I mean, who uses ‘sweet’, when not meaning ‘too much sugar’ – unless you’re a 16-22 year old boy?
I absolutely loathe people who use the phrase, ‘it is what it is’. A former peer of mine would say it dozens of times per day. Literally. It drove me up the frickin’ wall. Another co-worker never noticed it until I pointed it out. She still curses me as now that is all she ever hears.
As Jon pointed out earlier this year, ‘webinar’ is a newer word which I guess would probably be his top pick to be banished.
The others I don’t care that much about nor do I find so annoying. There are others I can think of:
• synergy • ramp up • reach out• kudos
Yes – those are so much more worse than nails on a chalkboard to me – and worse than the ones that are on this year’s list.
What words/phrases would you choose?
Song by: the Bee Gees