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Perfect Storm of new overused words in '07

     

jsinger

5:09 pm on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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"CHICAGO (Reuters) - A "surge" of overused words and phrases formed a "perfect storm" of "post-9/11" cliches in 2007, according to a U.S. university's annual list of words and phrases that deserve to be banned"

My vote goes to "Back in the day." Heard it everywhere this past year.

"And finally, any self-respecting writer would groan at being labeled a "word smith" who engages in "word smithing," the list-makers said.

engine

5:16 pm on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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<cringe>
At the end of the day...
</cringe>

jsinger

5:19 pm on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Oh yeah, late '06/early '07 saw "major change" replaced everywhere with "sea change." Ugh!

Dabrowski

6:26 pm on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I find that "In the olden days" seems to be used for everything before about 10-15 years ago. I'm sure it's supposed to mean a lot older than that!

Western

6:40 pm on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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"tipping point"

Sorry Mr. Gladwell. Actually kind of a compliment I suppose.

King_Fisher

6:50 pm on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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" in a perfect world"...KF

jsinger

7:13 pm on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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"In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking,
But now, God knows,
Anything Goes.

Good authors too who once knew better words,
Now only use four letter words
Writing prose, Anything Goes."

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter 1934

lawman

7:20 pm on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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And finally, any self-respecting writer would groan at being labeled a "word smith"

I say "word smythe". Is that acceptable?

lawman

7:21 pm on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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"Begs the question."

Doubt the utterer even knows what it means.

AussieWebmaster

7:29 pm on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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web 2.0

Habtom

8:13 am on Jan 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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SEO

Engine, at the end of the day you will find out there is nothing wrong with 'at the end of the day' :)

engine

12:00 pm on Jan 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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>at the end of the day you will find out there is nothing wrong with 'at the end of the day'

Indeed, in the correct context, it is fine. ;)

More:-
"solutions"
With thanks to Private Eye

older, but still well overused:
"the cheque/check is in the post/mail"

jsinger

2:57 pm on Jan 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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My forecast for overused word of 2008, "Subprime:" poor quality, but not in any credit-rating sense.

"His website is subprime."

ronin

4:16 pm on Jan 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Agree completely with AussieWebmaster.

I have heard the phrase TwoPointOh uttered more times in the last six months by people who had not the vaguest clue and simply wanted to sound impressive than I would care to hear in a lifetime.

When it meant employing AJAX and encouraging website readers to contribute their own content it was nothing so new that it deserved its own description. Now that it means nothing more than buttons with false horizons and curved corners I want to throw the computer out the window and shout about how great the abacus is, if people would only stop for a second and think about it.

Please, please die in 2008.

Just.

Die.

LifeinAsia

4:59 pm on Jan 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have heard the phrase TwoPointOh uttered more times in the last six months by people...

My response to them would be, "You're only on version 2?! Puleeze- get an upgrade!" and walk off shaking my head.

HarryM

5:25 pm on Jan 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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My pet hate is "like" as used in the UK, presumably originally a synonym for "appeared to be" but now meaningless. "He was like angry", "She was like coming on", "I was like there at the time", etc. Used to be just a teenage thing but now I'm hearing it from adults.

King_Fisher

6:06 pm on Jan 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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" Be that what it may "

" That being said "

" In the long view " Talk about your tortured syntax!...KF

King_Fisher

7:25 pm on Jan 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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A favorite question used ad nauseum in WW post of questions/problems.

" Am I missing something here?"...KF

Dabrowski

1:53 pm on Jan 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This seems to be going in the direction of over-enthusiastic management.....

"Thinking outside the box"
"Touching base"
"Singing from the same hymn sheet"

That list is endless!

jimbeetle

3:39 pm on Jan 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm most tired of anything with "Google" and "penalty" in the same sentence.

shyflower

3:44 pm on Jan 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Here's the thing...
State-of-the-art
Cutting-edge
Problematic

lawman

3:46 pm on Jan 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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robust

digitalghost

3:58 pm on Jan 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I keep compiling lists like this, so I'd like to add a few to this one. ;)

Game plan
Going forward
Low-hanging fruit
Rightsizing
Value-added
Full and frank
Spinmeister
Infotainment
Empowerment
Negative coping mechanism

Tapolyai

4:10 pm on Jan 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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terror attack

I was always under the impression terrorists attack, which creates terror. So it should go back to be terrorist attack.

lawman

5:09 pm on Jan 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I've found that generally a person or entity is the opposite of his/its unsolicited declaration, so my antennae go up when I hear:

Money is no object.

I guarantee this check is good.

We're fair and balanced.

I'd never do (insert deed here) because I'm just not that way.

httpwebwitch

5:46 pm on Jan 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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for great examples, just listen to webmasterradio for a while.

"LOL". Dude, stop pronouncing it like a word, like "Lawl". it's not funny.

"turn it on its head"... when used as "approach the situation in a new way"

"social media"

"value-add", when used as a noun as in "the social media feature is a value-add for the user"

"user". to a programmer, the user is an abstract person who interacts with the interface. To everyone else, a "user" is a heroin addict. Keep the geek jargon out of your marketing prose, please

"building buzz"

"benchmark"

"going viral". reminds me of the phrase "going ballistic"

"repurposed" - aka "stolen"

"New Media". How new is it really? I was a "New Media Developer" in 1998. Now it's just online media, isn't it?

"ubiquity". A great word, but I heard it too often in 2007

LifeinAsia

5:56 pm on Jan 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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"going viral". reminds me of the phrase "going ballistic"

It makes me think people are infected with a virus and need to be quarantined! :)

lawman

7:46 am on Jan 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Don't drink the Kool Aid

mcneely

9:52 am on Jan 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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"integration"

"but I digress"

"back end"

"front end"

and

"out of the box"

Used to be, "back in the day", the only thing that came "out of the box" .... was your lunch.

King_Fisher

8:27 pm on Jan 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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" Preaching to the choir."...KF
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