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Words That Should Be Banished
overused, misused, and hackneyed terms
lawman




msg:4248153
 10:47 pm on Jan 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

A follow-up from THIS [webmasterworld.com] thread.

This story might be epic, and could even go viral, but not if Lake Superior State University has anything to do with it. Just sayin.'

The small college in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, released on Friday its annual list of "banished words" -- terms so overused, misused and hackneyed they deserve to be sent to a permanent linguistic trash can in the year ahead.


[news.yahoo.com...]

 

Mark_A




msg:4249346
 12:29 pm on Jan 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

Our word to be banished would have to be WIDGET!

piatkow




msg:4249415
 4:48 pm on Jan 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

along with example.com?

Mark_A




msg:4249419
 4:53 pm on Jan 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

What would we replace them with?

rocknbil




msg:4249435
 5:14 pm on Jan 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

I don't know why but "cloud computing" has always annoyed me. Call it what it is: "putting your data in the hands of a third party that may or may not be hacked at some time in the future."

Cliche annoyances come and go. Groovy, gnarly, tubular, right on (with an "up-talk" at the end - in fact, up-talking in general,) and lately "niiiiiice" accompanied by an all knowing groov-ular nod is getting a bit old. :-)

john_k




msg:4249663
 3:38 am on Jan 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

Cliche annoyances come and go. Groovy, gnarly, tubular, right on...


"Groovy" went? No Way.

jsinger




msg:4249674
 4:37 am on Jan 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

As a fan of old movies (I mean, films) I've really tried to find out what killed off "swell" suddenly around 1947. Overused in the early 40's and extinct by 1950.

I thought swell had come into use around 1930, but I spotted "swell" on a silent movie title card from the early 20s.

--

I'm giving up on trying to save the word "Problem." It's now been completely replaced by "Issue."

Final straw was hearing an airline pilot on TV a few months ago refer to an engine fire at 30,000 feet as "an issue."

---
"Groovy" went? No Way.

Way

incrediBILL




msg:4249679
 4:50 am on Jan 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

Word to be banished "RACIST" - people use it to describe anything said disparaging about anything and anybody from religion to obesity.

Funny thing is, there's only one human race left on the planet, homo sapiens. So unless you're out saying disparaging things about Neanderthals, you're not being racist :)

What we call a "race" is technically a subspecies of the race known as homo sapiens.

It's an emotionally supercharged word always used incorrectly, therefore it needs to be banished.

While you're at it, banish "whatever" too.

sleepy_eye




msg:4256492
 1:04 am on Jan 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

"You know what I'm sayin'" -That phrase should be banned. When people say that, I'm thinking, no, I dun no what u sayin' . Example: I was in my car, you know what I'm sayin', and this other car was like, you know what I'm sayin', backing out and dam you know what I'm sayin'....

Lapizuli




msg:4256520
 2:27 am on Jan 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

@sleepy_eye, in the play Noises Off, there's a great character for whom "you-know-what-I-mean" IS a word. In the movie version, there's a classic scene where John Ritter (in that role) builds up a great defense, finalizing his point with "It all just seems kind of - you-know-what-I-mean!" Hilarious.

Old_Honky




msg:4256651
 4:35 pm on Jan 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

I hate the misuse of the word "So". For an example people who start a post as follows:

"So, I built my site with dreamweaver..." It sounds so moronic.

Matthew1980




msg:4257230
 11:32 am on Jan 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hello,

Maybe it's just me, but the abbreviation of application to 'app' is really starting to grate on me, just because of a little plastic box. Grr! Talk properly!

Cheers,
MRb

MonkeyFace




msg:4265279
 6:30 pm on Feb 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

Please include Web 2.0

J_RaD




msg:4265753
 5:49 pm on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

"epic"

"fail"

"app"

jecasc




msg:4265800
 7:25 pm on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)


"epic"
"fail"
"app"


And I was just programming an epic fail app for the iphone. Bummer.

Matthew1980




msg:4265842
 8:42 pm on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi all,

May not be something that needs banishing (yet) but after this last few weeks, If I hear "pre-productionization" once more, and "consolidation", I shall throw something out the window at the quality chaps car - we are going through a management restructuring...

Cheers,
MRb

dibbern2




msg:4266919
 5:32 pm on Feb 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

"GO" , as in "So, I go...." meaning "I said". And then he goes, "what the ---" and so I go,"!2@%&!" and then etc, etc,etc.

Old Honky, note the "So" I threw in there. You're right, it sounds stupid.

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