Words and Phrases that Should Die in 2014

January 7, 2014, 0 Comments

Early in 2013, I posted “Words and Phrases that Should Die in 2013.” Let’s just say that I did not get all that I had hoped. So, here is my list for 2014. It does include a few that I’ll repeat from last year’s post. Please, please help me out.

Selfie – By some, this was named the word of the year. By others, it was labeled the most annoying word of the year. However you label it, let’s just move on.

Whatever – It was on my list last year and continues to annoy me to no end. It is not the word itself but the way it is used. As I said last year… This word and all of its derivations (especially “whateves”) has become a one word statement for “I do not care about what you just said, what you think, or the consequences of my actions.” It is second only to the grunt as the laziest of any response in the history of the human race.

Just sayin’ – Placed at the end of an unending amount of statements, Facebook posts, blog posts, and tweets, it is a phrase that is like a “get out of jail free” card. It is just a way to say, “You’re an idiot.”

Hashtag – Come on people. Hashtag is a symbol, not something you actually say out loud. Unless it is associated with the brilliance of the Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake comedy video.

Amazeballs – I’m not even sure where to start with this one. Used by kids and teenagers, I’d just like to stem the tide before I start hearing grown-ups use the word. The only exception is if you can say it (and other such terms with the gravitas of Malcolm McDowell or James Earl Jones.

{Insert product} on steroids – Before “on steroids,” everything was “extreme.” Whatever you think is great and wonderful, then just say it is great and wonderful. Your steak is not so good that it is on steroids and neither is your marketing plan, production process, or anything else in your life.

Totes – Used instead of saying “totally,” it is a great word for teenage girls. So, unless you are one, please just stop. Unless, of course, you are James Earl Jones and I will refer you to the video above.

Swag/Swagger/Swaggerific – Any and all derivations of this word need to simply go away. First, if you are over the age of 18, you should be mature enough to not have to explain yourself. Second, if you have whatever swag is or you are swaggerific, then everyone is going to know it any way.

Hack – The Internet is overrun with posts about how to “hack” everything. OK, we get it. You found a clever way to hang up stuff, fix stuff, and do other stuff.

Literally/Mute Point/Unique/Verbage – If you don’t know the true definition or proper spelling for a word or phrase, then please just stop using it.

Intellectually/Morally bankrupt – I simply wish we did not have so many examples, occurrences, and reasons to use these phrases.

Guru; specifically when referring to yourself – If you are prepared to refer to someone else as a “guru” about their work, then that is a high compliment. However, to include the word “guru” in your own  resume’, page, or Twitter bio is ridiculous.

Offline – I have heard this phrase more and more around our offices. Perhaps you’ve heard someone say, “Yes, let’s talk offline.” What does that even mean? Have we been talking digitally over the Internet and but later we are not? Just say, “Let’s talk when no one else is around because I really don’t have an answer right now.” After all, it is what you really mean.

And… for the word that absolutely must die in 2014…

Twerking – I refuse to give any definition here. Just stop talking about it. Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, just stop it.

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