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Words from 2011 that need to go away, now.

By Julie Gerstein from "The Frisky"... with commentary by my own self.



Redonkulous: The word is ridiculous. Redonkulous sounds like the name of a clown rapper. [I'd agree with that. Wasn't that the name of one of the ICP dudes?]

Nom nom nom: "That’s delicious!" Or, "I’m enjoying my food," or, "I very much like the taste of this dish" will do. [Sorry. "omnomnom" can sez it better, and with far more gusto. *urp*]

This: When referring to something someone else has already said or done. It’s the absolutely bare minimum in response and adds nothing to the conversation, so refrain from "This" this. [Never heard this used. What circles does Julie move in? I'm so far behind the times (and I don't watch TV) that I thought "That's what she said" was a recent phenomenon. Maybe "this" will appear on my radar in 2016.]

Woot: Can I get a woot woot? No, no you may not. [Julie is teh luz3r, I am teh h4xx0r. Get over it. w00t! And, for what it's worth, their shirts are teh r0xx0rz. Doesn't that sound so wrong coming from someone in the over-60 set? Suck it down, cupcake. I did it just to tweak you.]

The superfluous use of emoticons on any and all correspondence: Use your words, friends! [Julie must have had a lemon juice-vinegar smoothie for breakfast. Isn't that so much more expressive than saying "Aw gee, I was just kidding about that last remark. Especially when one has a huge repertoire of them available.]

Seriously: Seriously, I am so guilty of seriously overusing seriously. [When I was in college back in the 60's, "really" was the overused one. Relax, girl - these things come and go.]

Real talk: R. Kelly’s epic video for "Real Talk" came out in 2007, which is about the last time you could get through the day without someone prefacing something uncouth/nasty/mean by calling it "real talk." [This does not compile. Must be associated with something on TV or cable. I'm still grating my teeth over people "dialoging" instead of talking, or "talking to" an issue instead of talking about it.]

Mancession: First of all, the concept that the recession has somehow inordinately impacted men is patently untrue. Secondly, the use of made up words like "mancession" and "mansplaining" assumes that men are some special category that needs to be condescended to, and they’re not. [I agree that these words must go away... even though I've never heard them. They sound just as offensive as "bitchslap", although in a mean and condescending way, rather than a violent one.]

Amazeballs/amaze: The word is amazing. Putting balls at the end of it, or cutting the suffix off doesn’t count. And while we’re at it, not everything is amazing, so reserve it for when it really counts. [Yeah, this one is the abomination of desolation.]

"-mageddon": Snowmageddon. Tweetmageddon. Carmageddon. Armageddon signals the end of the world. We’re pretty sure that anything involving traffic in Los Angeles or communicating in 140 characters or less probably won’t impact whether the earth implodes. [I'd have to say that this entire post is irrelevantmageddon, except for the fact that I've had fun writing it.]

No bueno: Your knowledge of Spanish doesn’t extend beyond the drive-thru menu at Taco Bell, so stop telling me that things are "no bueno." [Tu hermana, cabronita. You better stop using words like "au point," "arpeggio" and "Schadenfreude," then. Look up the quote about the English language by James Nicoll, it's spot-on.]

Trending: This might be the most annoying gerund ever. [See above in re: "dialoging." It probably won't last long. Hopefully.]

"I got thrown under the bus"/"he/she threw me under the bus": You’d think after 20+ years of reality TV programming, people on reality TV would find a new way to say that they felt betrayed. [This phrase seems quite expressive. Not sure why Julie is objecting to it. I think I've only heard it used once in actual parlance, and it conveyed the speaker's feelings quite accurately.]

Belieber/Twihard/Gleek: No more specialty names for being obsessive fans of a TV show, movie or prepubescent pop star, okay? [Huh. I think the first one is about Justin, the others have no meaning for me. "Gleek" in my parlance - when I was about ten or so - referred to the ability to jettison saliva directly from the glands under the tongue. I was very good at it.]

Swag/Swagger: If you have it, you don’t talk about it. [Is this anything like "Bling"? I could see using it in WoW, or if you were a pirate. Arr.]

Winning: If you’re 'winning' then you’re probably losing. And if you’re losing, you should just keep your mouth shut. See also, the living example of Charlie Sheen. [Sheen has completely tainted this word for me, at least for the foreseeable future. What a dipweed.]


Ultimately, some phrases stick around forever, and some are like frost before the sun. Language is a powerful force that, like a river, determines its pwn (sic) course. "As well a man might pile dry leaves to stop Euroclydon." (Source unknown, modified.)


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oceansedge
Dec. 11th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
I think I have to add one of my own....

The abominable habit of adding 'nazi' to the end of any description of an extremist group or opinion. While I brook no patience with extremists of pretty much ANY form or ilk or cause, tossing nazi around on the end of any extreme opinion cheapens the word - and undermines the true HORROR of that the Nazi regime was.
ccdesan
Dec. 11th, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
I've heard this argument many times, and with all due respect, it just doesn't resonate with me. Nothing can cheapen the Holocaust because of the courage and tenacity of those who lived through it, and those who are determined to avoid another such horror. The Nazis, on the other hand, deserve to be pilloried, and associating their name with an equally ridiculous philosophy is an appropriate way of deprecating both at the same time. But that's just me. Despite the horror, the Nazis were beaten - yes, at the cost of about 50 million lives if you count all the casualties of World War II - but beaten they were, and have faded into pathetic irrelevance.
torakiyoshi
Dec. 11th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
This.
ccdesan
Dec. 11th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
LoL
torakiyoshi
Dec. 11th, 2011 05:20 am (UTC)
It should be pointed out though that "amaze" is a perfectly legitimate present form of the verb. As in, "I will amaze you with my cunning intellect."
kelloggs2066
Dec. 11th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
How about Lambmageddon?
r_caton
Dec. 12th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
FWIW a "Gleek" is geekish about the series "Glee"
Don't raise glee with mee.

Twihard sounds like a cross between Bruce Willis and Vampires... I see undead people? As though todays elegant bloodsuckers would run about in filthy sweat stained vests...
newwaytowrite
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
I know it is an old one
but it just won't go away...when things get "wise"ed. An example: weatherwise. What the hell is that?

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