Words You Want to Banish in 2013

Last week, we discussed the Worst Words of 2012. We were originally inspired by past lists from Lake Superior State University in Michigan. Every year they compile words that were misused, overused, and abused, and this week they released their list for 2013, which included some choice words that we had overlooked:

Kick the can down the road
Double down
Job creators
Spoiler alert
Bucket List

These kinds of lists are designed to capture an ort of our collective unconscious: the words that have become so a part of our temporary lexicon that we – newscasters, television writers, sports announcers, bloggers – cannot help but use them. Many of our fans did not like the idea of censoring any word use or diction, but of course we’re not talking about removing words or actually censoring select words. (Read our discussion of when words are removed from other dictionaries here.)

Many of you also understood where the impetus of the list was coming from and suggested additional words to banish like:

Wrecking ball
Going forward
Skin in the game
Gift (as a verb)
Slippery slope
Game changer

What others would you include? And what less-used words would you suggest that people replace the banished terms with? Let us know.


  1. big_tacy -  July 29, 2016 - 1:37 pm

    Remove Next Generation. Sick of hearing it all the time.

  2. mold testing nj -  January 10, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on #. Regards

  3. Bob6431 -  December 3, 2013 - 8:38 am

    A man who is just married is flying to the Florida Keys for a business trip. His new bride is to accompany him the next day. When he gets there, he e-mails his wife to let her know he made it there safely. When he sends the e-mail, he mistypes the address. In Boston, a grieving widow, whose husband has recently passed away, receives the e-mail. She reads it, screams, and faints. Hearing her grandmother’s cry, the widow’s 18 year old granddaughter runs into the living room to see the computer on, with a message that reads, “Dear love, I just got here. Preparing for your arrival tomorrow. Can’t wait to see you. Love, Me. P.S. Sure is hot down here.”

  4. Gloria -  June 29, 2013 - 5:55 pm


    Commercials, books, movies…..

  5. Shirley Lindsey -  May 20, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    Here’s a phrase that turns my stomach: “I love me some________” Ugh! What on earth is that supposed to mean?

  6. Shirley Lindsey -  May 20, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    Stop misusing the word “throw” as it relates to food. “just throw it in the freezer”, “throw the onions in the pan” “throw together something for supper”, etc. So unappetizing.

  7. Suzanne -  March 23, 2013 - 5:24 pm

    Hearing “fashion forward” makes me scream although I’m not yet tired of “bat shit crazy” when applied to Rep. Michele Bachmann, the nut job from Minnesota.

  8. Cherry -  February 2, 2013 - 4:47 am

    About what I said before, who agrees with me?

  9. lady in retirement -  January 31, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    I don’t think using “skype” as a verb is too bad – we ‘google’ things and ‘telephone’ people. Both those words are nouns which have been used as verbs by extension. I dislike the word “fit” when it is used to mean good-looking (that happens in the UK – I don’t know about the USA). “He’s a fit lad”. To my mind “fit ” means healthy – as in when people join a ‘keep fit’ class.

  10. Lily -  January 31, 2013 - 9:43 am

    I know this is not a word, but a way of writing, or should I say typing: do not type in all capital letters! It seems like you’re yelling.

  11. Lily -  January 31, 2013 - 9:24 am

    Seriously, people, think about what you’re saying. I hate “literally,” when people aren’t being literal. Also, “could care less,” when you mean, “couldn’t care less”. Please stop being politically correct, too. Say what you mean, mean what you say.

  12. Doug -  January 29, 2013 - 6:35 am

    +1 to Catherine and everyone else for “literally”. Rather than banish it, people should be required to user the word “figuratively” just as often.

  13. Chakib -  January 19, 2013 - 2:44 pm

    Most favourite words are those which are often used smartly to enrich the meaning of phrases such as those used in the british fables of 60′S .

  14. John-Henry -  January 19, 2013 - 5:29 am

    Banish :
    Period of time
    Absolutely { as YES}
    Of course { as YES}

  15. Dennis -  January 18, 2013 - 6:17 pm

    “I get that” followed by “but”

    • Lisa Ridolfi -  November 13, 2014 - 11:57 am

      I know this was written in 2013, but every so often I search for “I get that” and came upon your comment. I am still surprised that “I get that” doesn’t appear more often on these lists of phrases to ban. To me it sounds so abrupt and dismissive. “I understand that…,” “Even though…” or a number of other phrases sound so much better and less adversarial.

  16. Grace -  January 17, 2013 - 10:26 am

    *stop complaining

  17. Grace -  January 17, 2013 - 10:26 am

    What if we just complaining about things we can’t change?

  18. Longdaysjourney -  January 17, 2013 - 10:08 am

    “interesting,” especially when you’ve had day-long stress with getting students not to use it and your spouse suddenly can’t stop saying, “Now, that’s interesting,” and answers, “Interesting,” for the question, “How was your day?”

  19. Maranda -  January 17, 2013 - 9:17 am

    How about via like in “Contact me via Email.”

  20. Someone Tall -  January 17, 2013 - 9:13 am

    I would recommend to remove the initiating phrase for a rebuttal “First of all…” when there is not a “Second of all…” to follow it up.

  21. BLH -  January 17, 2013 - 6:31 am

    Fatally wounded. Huh? Don’t you really mean dead? Killed?

  22. phyllis -  January 17, 2013 - 5:57 am

    arguably ” she is arguably the best cook in the family”
    he/she is arguably the best (fill in the blank)

    If you want to state your opinion, state it. I feel she is the….it just annoys me!

  23. zzdoc -  January 17, 2013 - 4:37 am

    “At the end of the day…”
    using “may” instead of “might”
    using “loan” instead of “lend” “Loan” is not a verb!

  24. ben -  January 16, 2013 - 10:40 pm

    Very with you Grant on the “reach out” term. It’s like people are aware of the ramble these words inspire and perpetuate it on purpose.

  25. ben -  January 16, 2013 - 10:38 pm

    Any political term

  26. ZTbhe -  January 16, 2013 - 5:47 pm

    or weblog :>

  27. ZTbhe -  January 16, 2013 - 5:47 pm

    the word with the most “E”‘s in it

  28. From WI -  January 16, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    In today’s digital society, the need for people to extend their “texting” from their electronic devices over to a face-to-face conversation is extremely annoying to me. How I hope that people start to realize that by verbalizing “lol” and “brb” make them sound ridiculous.

  29. Vixen -  January 16, 2013 - 3:52 pm

    Oh yes, and ironic. I hear people saying. “Please don’t be ironic with me.” When they mean sarcastic. That makes makes my brain shut down.

  30. Vixen -  January 16, 2013 - 3:47 pm

    Please banish, “No offense.” That phrase makes me cry when I hear it because normally people hate something more than they are letting on when they say it. Like, “You need to work on drawing your people! No offense.” When they are thinking “Oh my god. that kid can’t draw people.”

    • Mara -  August 4, 2016 - 12:28 am

      Brace yourself when you hear that phrase. That is the cue for the most offensive thing that you will ever hear.

  31. Cherry -  January 16, 2013 - 3:40 pm

    Ok, I think that words that everyone would agree on disposing of are the ones in magazines like the M magazine. Like: celeb,h-day(wtf?! It called Halloween you starstruck nitwits!),ad orbs,c’mon,ect. If you disagree, that is totally fine because it is your decision to agree with me or not. All I am asking is that you see my logic.

  32. Fred R -  January 16, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    “It goes without saying…” If it goes without saying, why are you saying it? :)

  33. Piku -  January 16, 2013 - 2:35 pm

    At the end of the day,
    know what I mean?

    And all those stupid nonsense buzzwords people use in business – less “blue sky thinking” or “actionable items” and no, I won’t do your bidding ‘ASAP’. There’s also no need to tell me “thanks in advance”.

  34. Crazy person -  January 16, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    @Allen Lee: I totally agree! Any time I talk to boys like “Why did you…”, they always answer, “Cuz I’m awesome like that.” Oh stop using the word awesome when you’re not really awesome!!!

  35. SomeoneSmart -  January 16, 2013 - 1:44 pm

    My least favorite word would have to be “again.” I hate hearing that word because it so often means I have to do a hard sports drill or workout another time.

  36. RamItOn -  January 16, 2013 - 11:18 am

    I hope I never hear or read the word “devoid” again. “Moving forward” and “on the ground” are my two most detested phrases. Overused to the point that the meaning is lost.

  37. Fred W -  January 16, 2013 - 10:57 am

    It’s early in the year, but apparently “gin up” will take the 2013 prize.

  38. Christal Bailey -  January 16, 2013 - 10:20 am

    Please do not use the phrase “meteoric rise” to describe someone’s quick ascent to fame. I don’t work at NASA, but I’m sure that meteors don’t rise.

  39. Don Randolph -  January 16, 2013 - 8:56 am

    If there was but one word I would banish, at least in its current usage, it would be “TRANSPARENT”. Transparent means you can see THROUGH it, it is NOT VISIBLE itself. The last thing we need is “transparency”, we need “opacity”. Show me what you are doing. Make yourself visible. Let me know you are there. I know this seems nit-picking, but to highjack the word and use it for the opposite of its intended meaning is deplorable.

  40. David Salusbury -  January 16, 2013 - 8:52 am

    I would like to put a hatchet in two tedious little English things:

    1. The word “absolutely”–which has, apparently, become the only way to say you agree with someone. Let’s try: “definitely” for a change, or even say “I agree completely / entirely…”

    2.The expression “at this moment in time”. How about saying “now” or an extravagant “right now”?

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  43. Katie M. -  January 16, 2013 - 8:45 am

    HEY! I STILL USE SOME OF THOSE WORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DON’T YOU DARE TO BANISH THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    – From an ANGRY Dictionary.com user

  44. B-Jizzle -  January 16, 2013 - 8:40 am

    Soooo . . . Not a single person mentioned banishing the phrase, “Hardcore!”
    People today are using it as a verb, noun, conjunction, adverb–basicall anything you can think of! Should I even mention the fact that they’re using it completely wrong? Lord have mercy; We need to start refining our grammar and linguistics before we lose all literacy!

    • Jowkz Onyoo -  September 17, 2015 - 6:53 am

      Your name is B-Jizzle. Just stop

  45. Kirk -  January 16, 2013 - 8:40 am

    “These ones” or “those ones”…..it is either these or one! Ones is NOT plural!

  46. Dee -  January 16, 2013 - 8:12 am

    Dynamics For example, “The current dynamics in the household…”

    Bling The slang term is over 15 years old and no longer hip and fresh. I do not beleive anyone under 25 uses bling any longer, however 40 and over use it. Do they know it is not “cool” any more?

    This list is very fun and I love to see other opinions on what grinds their gears. I bet that is a phrase that somebody abhors as well!!

  47. Mardack Sock -  January 16, 2013 - 8:06 am

    Hate loyalty spice rope and flex as words. They mash up my tangled spoxy nibbs.

  48. Arline McFarlane -  January 16, 2013 - 8:02 am

    Your “Spell Check” needs to be brought up to date and provide, a choice between the proper English spelling, or the American version.
    I suspect the Pilgrim Fathers, who were not too well educated are to blame. Colour is spelt with a “u”. Labour, also has a “u”. The list is endless, and these are just two very simple words.
    You then have the gall to alter the properly spelt English language word in Spell Check, to the American language version.
    It would be extremely beneficial if “Spell check” would give a choice of either UK English or US English, which is a contradiction in terms.
    Leave it up to the user, to decide which version they want. In other words; “Freedom of expression, in spelling.”

  49. Marilyn -  January 16, 2013 - 7:36 am

    PIN number. Redundant.
    ATM machine. Redundant.
    “Last four of your sosh” Please- is it too much to ask of your facial muscles to speak the words “social security number”???

  50. Marilyn -  January 16, 2013 - 7:31 am

    And for the sake of everyone living, PLEASE learn the difference between LOOSE and LOSE!!!!

  51. Marilyn -  January 16, 2013 - 7:30 am

    Please banish:
    “For free”. It is either “for nothing” or “free”.
    “Hopefully”. The correct term is “hopeful”, as in, “I’m hopeful it will snow”, not “hopefully it will snow”.
    “Not for nothing”. No explanation needed. If you say this, you will sound like an idiot.

  52. Peter -  January 16, 2013 - 7:20 am

    I don’t want to banish this word, but rather just see it used properly: “countless”, which means an infinite number. Far too many times these day I see it misused by people who just need to say “many”, but seem to feel “countless” is cooler or something. It gets to some ridiculous extremes — I recall reading something where a bowl of candy was tipped over and “countless M&M’s rolled on the floor”.

  53. Blythe -  January 16, 2013 - 6:40 am

    “Awesome” If I hear it one more time….arghhhhh!

  54. Kristin -  January 16, 2013 - 6:18 am

    “enthused” “opine” and the all-of-a-sudden widely (ab)used “zeitgeist.”

  55. V. Peeved -  January 16, 2013 - 5:52 am

    The word “So,” at the beginning of an answer, “so not” anywhere in a sentence, and don’t do as in “I don’t do mornings.”

  56. Lance -  January 16, 2013 - 4:35 am

    I call these types of words “buzzwords” (or phrases) as they are used by people who like to repeat what they hear to be a part of the group. As for irregardless, that just aren’t a reel wurd. “Like” is a filler, in the same way as “well” or “uh”. Amazingly, kids now even type it into their text while leaving out plenty of words or parts of words to save time (I’m like going 2 ur house now.”) The worst group of offenders for buzzwords is the business community, especially MBAs and entrepreneur wannabees.

    apocryphal (original meaning is “highly destructive”, but now used to mean “important”)

    aspirational (means related to something one might aspire to; used most often redundantly as “aspirational goals”)

    at the end of the day (means in summary — used for the same effect as “bottom line”)

    at this juncture (used to mean “now”)

    arguably (not related to a hotly debated topic, but more often simply “possibly” or “believed by some to be”)

    balls in the air (means possible changes)

    bankable (should mean “can be deposited with a bank”, but usually used to mean “valuable”)

    basically (like essentially, just overused)

    bifurcated (should mean “divided into exactly two parts”, but often used to mean “having more than one aspect–and as many as you wish”)

    boots on the ground (people who do the obvious work, such as a work force in a factory, or delivery staff)

    bottom line (should mean the difference between all costs and all revenue in a business, but often used figuratively to mean “in summary”)

    brand (should mean the trademark name of a physical item, but used to mean company name or popularity–”develop the brand”)

    cast a wide net (broad approach to anything– see “target” for converse)

    cognisant of (two dollar word for “know of”)

    compelling (incorrectly used to mean “interesting” — usually referring to a story)

    conditionality (means conditions–one of dozens of “-ality” new formations)

    continuum of accommodation : no idea what it means, but used often by common ‘taters– see http://tinyurl.com/av88sbj

    conventional wisdom (should mean “status quo belief”; typically used to mean any belief, suspicion, or presumption that is widely held)

    counter-intuitive (means against what you might expect)

    culture (has many traditional meanings; new meaning is “corporate environment”)

    demographic (should be an adjective, but as a buzzword, it is a noun: any age group or income group — They are the demographic we need to reach.”)

    disconnect (buzzword when used as a noun to mean failure, incomplete understanding, lack of continuity — truly buzzy since it has so many meanings)

    DNA (used to mean many things, such as “inclination”, “preference”, or “commitment” — “Travel is in my DNA.”)

    down to a science (very old buzz-phrase. to have some process “down to a science” means to have some process “well-under control” or “well-learned”)

    downside (used to mean disadvantage or negative aspect)

    driving (original meaning is “cause to go” as in driving sheep or driving a car. New meaning is “producing an increase in” as “The company’s report is driving profits.”)

    dry powder (original meaning would be dry gun powder– odd, since wet gun powder is useless. New slang meaning is cash or assets easy to liquidate “We should keep some dry powder for acquisitions.”)

    dynamic (as a noun) should be an adjective meaning “active”. As a noun, it means “strategy” or “plan”.

    ecosystem (original meaning is an area in nature that has a particular group of plants and animals; used now to mean “system” or “work arrangement” or simply a company)

    engage (should mean make a reasonably permanent connection, but as a buzzword, to communicate with or to elicit a response from someone; most often used to describe advertising: “Our advertising engages our customers.”)

    engaging (meaning “interesting” — usually referring to a personality)

    epiphany: originally, the Catholic church’s festival to remember the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles (some sects consider that to be the birth of Jesus, others consider it to be the visit by the scholars from the East (the magi); now, any revelation, or any awareness of something important.

    essentially (should mean “vitally”, but often used to mean “mostly”)

    flagship (should mean “single leader at the very top”, but used to mean “important” or “noteworthy”, as in “one of our flagship stores”)

    from a _____ perspective…” (means “concerning _____”, as in “From a profit perspective”)

    game changer / game changing (several meanings, such as a change in direction of a business or technology; an advantage; a new concept; anything new)

    going forward (in the future. Example of unnecessary use: “Being overweight in some sectors may not be the best strategy going forward,” as if one can have a strategy for going backward. “What will Google do going forward?” as if one could do something going backward.)

    graphic (used to mean “shocking” and applied to an image or video; real meaning is “of or related to writing”)

    groundbreaking (should mean “activity related to initiating the construction of a new building”. Used to mean “significant”)

    grow (used as a transitive verb meaning “to cause to expand” and typically applied to a business: “He wants to grow his paper route.”)

    iconic (should mean “of or like a religious symbol”, or like a figure to be adored, but typically used to mean “popular” or “well-known”)

    imperative (should mean commanding, but used to mean important)

    in flux (should mean in motion, but used to mean in an uncertain condition)

    in retrospect (used for anything in the past — “In retrospect, he was a good college student.”)

    in terms of ____ (means “regarding _____”)

    infinitely (should mean continuing forever, but used to mean actually: “infinitely solvable”)

    iteration [used to mean versions (noun) — real meaning is repeat (verb) the execution of the same set of instructions a given number of times or until a specified result is obtained: “The solution is obtained by iteration”)

    juncture (used to mean “now”, “moment” or “stage of progress”– real meaning is junction or connection)

    known quantity (used to mean anyone or anything that is well-understood, well-known, or important: “He is a known quantity” — real meaning is literal: any amount of something that is known)

    level playing field (as oddly as “level playing field for getting a loan”)

    long story short (A lazy way to say “a long story made short”. It means, here is my summary.)

    mano a mano (Spanish for “hand to hand” and is thus a pretentious way of saying “hand to hand” — five syllables instead of three–often used incorrectly to mean “face to face”)

    mantra (used to mean simply motto)

    metrics (for statistics–nothing at all about the metric system)

    monetize = Who knows? Maybe capitalize, maybe liquidate.

    nuances (should mean small details, but used to mean any important things)

    on any level (from any point of view; no matter how it is considered)

    opus (means “work”, but is often misused in place of “magnum opus” meaning “great work”)

    orders of magnitude = a lot, as in “That’s two or three orders of magnitude more than before.”

    organic / organically (used to mean natural / naturally “We can grow our business organically.”)

    over the course of (overused; should be just “for” as in “over the course of the last few years”)

    over-arching (used to mean “very important”)

    personify (should mean made to be like a person, but used to mean “represent” as in “a flagship store that personifies the brand”)

    perspective (as in “from a profit perspective…”) means “concerning”

    pop (used to mean appear exciting or eye-cathing, as in “His presentation really popped.”

    premised on (based on)

    prescient (means “know before”, but is sometimes attributed to a letter or statement rather than a person, and thus may mean “revealing”)

    qualitative (as a noun)

    quantitative (as a noun)

    raise the bar (increase quality, but often miss-used, such as “I wanted to raise the bar on the options available” said by Jessica Heron of stelladot.com. She means “increase the number”, not raise the bar, and thus a blatant grasp for a buzzword.)

    ramp (verb– start or increase “We will ramp a new factory” or “Production is ramping”)

    ramping up (began as slang for “introducing as a new area of business”, but now may also be used to mean “increasing”, as in “profits are ramping up”)

    range (used to mean “narrow range” as “Markets are trading in a range.”)

    red flag (any cause for caution — should be yellow flag used in auto racing to mean “be cautious”. Red flag means “stop everything now”.)

    repurpose (not yet–and I hope never will be–in any reputable dictionary) used to mean used in some new fashion

    resonate with (attract or elicit appreciation “Let’s see what resonates with our customers.”)

    retrospect (used for anything in the past — “In retrospect, he was a good college student.”)

    sea change (should mean a monumental change, but used for any significant change, thus gross hyperbole)

    self-fulfilling prophesy (used to mean “something bad will happen”)

    seminal (means seed-like or having possibilities; typically used incorrectly to mean “significant”)

    sort of (should mean “somewhat”; typically used as a filler: “Dell is sort of offering a new product” — Cory Johnson, Bloomberg TV)

    street smart (originally meant “learned from living on the streets”; now used for anything learned outside school)

    surreal (original meaning is exaggerated realism; typically used incorrectly to mean “surprising” or “interesting”)

    take (something) to the next level = any improvement or increase

    take-away (used to mean “important point that should be noticed in a longer discourse”; original meaning is food order packaged to take out of a restaurant)

    target (focus on a narrow view or narrow range– see “cast a wide net” for converse)

    terms, as “in terms of ____” (means “regarding _____”)

    through the roof (should mean “raised beyond expectations”, but typically hyperbole for “considerable” or “noteworthy”, as in “brand recognition was through the roof”)

    tipping point (seems to mean “threshold” or “beginning of a period of rapid change”)

    über (German meaning is “over” or “above”; used by Americans to mean ultra, superlative, or just “cool”; from Bloomberg TV: “…the über movie chain” about iMax)

    up the ante (should mean requires more money to enter a game, but used for anything that is more)

    upshot (seems to mean “result”, but is used only in the phrase “the upshot of” something)

    watershed (original meaning: 1 an area of high land that divides rain run-off into two or more directions of flow. 2 an event that marks a change of course for a person or entity; nowadays used as a buzzword for “important”)

    wheelhouse (used to mean “sphere of expertise”)

    win-win (just overused for any situation that isn’t harmful to the main parties involved)

  57. Davoo -  January 16, 2013 - 2:27 am

    People using ‘get’ instead of ‘have’:

    eg. ‘Can I get a cheese sandwich please?’

    What’s wrong with ‘have’?

  58. Toro -  January 16, 2013 - 1:16 am

    MYSELF – I would be accepting of the many uses & abuses that are listed, if people would simply use ‘me, myself, and I’ properly. In other words, let’s get back to proper use of the basic language before you try to ‘church it up’ with overused and needless exclamation….’just sayin’!

  59. Rachel -  January 15, 2013 - 10:24 pm

    “Awesome” i think it is so overused. Awesome applies to the fact that it is supposed to leave you in awe. Instead people should say “amazing” or “good”.

  60. jacob -  January 15, 2013 - 8:39 pm

    I think the misuse of words that just don’t sound correct should be banished. Such as using the word text as texted i.e. She texted me. The word was never meant to used with a suffix (-ed) in past tense. It sounds better if she text me. If not mistaken the word text is a noun and only a noun.

  61. Lindsay -  January 15, 2013 - 7:30 pm

    If I hear “leverage” one more time, I might explode. As in, “We need to ensure that we leverage these projects most effectively as we enter the post-transition, transformation phases of our deployments.”

    I also hate but find myself using “implementing” or “implementation” instead of “using” or “use of”. HotWord should put together a list of meaningless and insincere terms used in business to not convey any real information.

  62. Sara -  January 15, 2013 - 7:01 pm

    What a fascinating list of words and phrases we have developed! There are folks who have written to disagree with the word “banishing” as a desired result of what we will do with these words. Do they think we will expect everyone to take a pencil and scratch these words from our dictionaries, and thus our vocabularies? I hope not, as this is a GAME! I don’t intend to “banish” anything, but I wouldn’t mind hearing some of them less frequently! It gives each of us the opportunity to look at words and phrases that make us uncomfortable, and to compare them.

    While I distinctly prefer the proper use of grammar and language, I don’t perceive the intent of this thread to be in any sense condescending, patronizing, or even socially exclusive. Rather, I am reviewing the comments to seek our commonalities, as well as our differences. I like to hear and speak “proper” English.

    Having said all that, which sounds somewhat pompous even to me, let me mention some of the words and phrases that bother me the most. I think these have already been mentioned: irregardless, go figure, no worries, whatever, and toxic, as well as extensive use of profanity. I don’t recall seeing these on this list so far (which only means I don’t remember, not that they aren’t actually already on the list!):

    . ‘nother, such as a whole ‘nother something or other
    . I personally (whoever else would the “I” refer to, if not that person)
    . Truthfully (um, would you otherwise be saying something that isn’t truthful?)

    Hmmm . . . what do you think of these words and phrases?

  63. Natalie -  January 15, 2013 - 6:41 pm

    I think that another overly used phrase is “I know, Right?!”

  64. louise -  January 15, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    There are so many words spoken these days that are over used or used
    incorrectly. Hearing “invite” instead of “invitation” makes me shudder,
    and phrases such as “he didn’t do nothing” – which suggests he did do
    something – instead of saying “he did nothing”.

  65. That Guy -  January 15, 2013 - 5:12 pm

    “Passion/passionate”? Really? I personally haven’t seen these used out of context, nor the word “conversation”. However, here’s my personal list:

    oh my god/omg

    I know, “oh my god” might sound like a bit much, but isn’t it really just as overused as “omg”? At any rate, let’s just put a permanent end to all the words above (except literally and basically, which are acceptable only within proper context) and restore about 10% of faith in humanity.

  66. max waters -  January 15, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Please tell me someone has already said banish “in terms of”!! Please tell me every normal human wishes talking heads and dolts with a microphone will start using the ONE appropriate term.

  67. Lisa -  January 15, 2013 - 2:16 pm

    While several of the words or phrases being commented upon do cause me to grit my teeth or roll my eyes when I hear them, I also realize the following:
    1. Language is constantly flowing and changing. If someone from a few hundred years ago were to hear any one of us speak, they would likely have difficulty understanding much of what we are saying. (And I’m not just talking about technical words, or our LOL’s and OMG’s – even the phrasing of simple sentences is quite different.) Watch an old movie or read a book from the 30′s or 40′s – tell me that the speech doesn’t sound stilted or strange. Language changes. Always has, always will.
    2. There have always been “popular” or faddish terms that come and go. Many say they are sick of hearing “awesome” – and once upon a time others were sick of hearing “groovy” and “rad” and “right on!” and even “cool” (which has held on for a very long time). What is so different about this? These, too, will fade – eventually. Maybe not soon enough for many of us, but hey…
    3. While the television media folk are probably the biggest culprits for bringing in new – often ridiculous or irritating – terms, the emergence of the internet has been very instrumental in repeating and hence, keeping many of these words and phrases afloat. But because of these two things (television and the internet) I think it is possible we are currently undergoing the fastest language evolution than at any other point in history.
    4. Children/young people come up with their own “language” so to speak; once again, they always have and they always will. They don’t want to sound like their parents or they want to distance themselves from being “boring,” so they bring in new phrases, gestures, ways of speaking. Because of number 3 above, it is now broadcast to the entire world almost immediately and, well… it “goes viral.” (Yeah, that one irritates me also.)

    A few years ago, I thought I was going to have to strangle myself if I heard one more Southern California newscaster discuss “Stormwatch 20__”. After a few years of it (during the appropriate season), the term seems to have disappeared for which I am very grateful.

    Actually, for the most part I get amused when I listen to – or read – some of the words or phrases that become popular. I even use some of them. Why? Because they can be visual, colorful, expressive, funny, ridiculous even – and we certainly all could use a dose of humor. I read one of the earlier comments where someone reported a conversation between her daughter and a friend that was barely intelligible. I thought it was very funny. In fact, I shamefacedly admit I fell in love with “Inorite” (which perhaps should be “Inorite?” as it is always said as a question). Conversate? That’s painfully cringe-worthy – but it will not surprise me if it shows up in the dictionary sometime in the next few years.

    Whaddayah gonna do – gotta go with the flow, you know? (And the appropriate response – Inorite?) lol, hahaha, omg that’s hilarious, so I am rofl. :)

  68. Dave -  January 15, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    Utilize is way too often, over… uh…utilized!

  69. Dave -  January 15, 2013 - 10:38 am

    “albeit” and “unbeknowst”

  70. Glenda -  January 15, 2013 - 9:48 am

    We can lose” “. . . at this point in time.” Redundant and obvious. Why not say “now” and be done with it?

  71. Kirk Kuykendall -  January 15, 2013 - 9:42 am

    For me, the absolute head-and-shoulders winner of the most overused, abused word of the past decade is: DEVASTATED. I have heard that word used for every minor misfortune, trivial disapointment, and everyday setback that I cringe every time I hear it . . . just before I tune out its source. All the other entries have been minor annoyances in comparison to the way that word ‘just devastates’ me!

  72. Mark -  January 15, 2013 - 6:13 am

    “Deja vu all over again.” It was amusing when Yogi Berra said it, but now everyone says “deja vu all over again” without any awareness.

  73. Lainey W -  January 15, 2013 - 5:56 am

    Why invent a horrible word when ‘colleague’ already exists and means so much more than a person that you work with.

    “I’m good” in reply to the question “how are you?”
    You may well be good but that is not for you to say. You may be ‘well’, you may be ‘fine’ you may even be ‘a little under the weather’. What you are not is good!

    Adding the suffix ‘-ful’ to words randomly because you couldn’t be bothered using existing words.
    E.g. flavourful – what’s wrong with flavoursome.

    I may well be coming back here to vent. :-)

  74. arbuckley -  January 15, 2013 - 5:36 am

    I love words. Yes, some usages are annoying. But banishing words? Lake Superior State University seems to have assigned itself divine status… Looks like ivory tower elitism that is obsolete.

  75. Fred W -  January 15, 2013 - 3:33 am

    I submit the frequent “begs the question” when used incorrectly to mean “begs that a question be asked” rather than “uses circular reasoning” to avoid answering at all

  76. jenell -  January 14, 2013 - 11:13 pm

    I’m all for some of the dumb words people use these days to never be heard again but, everyone seems to be targeting the use of words that the Y Generation are using. I’m sure anyone that is older than 25 hates all of the “YOLO” and “LOL” but I noticed the use of “TV”. Is this not an abbreviation that would have once been snubbed as slang that is now a fixture in everyday speech and writing.
    I think we will see most of the most annoying ones drop off to where they belong and any that stick will be carried forward by the people that keep using and therefore teaching the younger generations. If you don’t like the word or phrase, don’t use it or condone it and it will slide away.

  77. Power Girl Couture -  January 14, 2013 - 10:39 pm


    These words simply NEED TO DISAPPEAR! Please, please find seats for them at the “embarrassingly over used table” , along with their distant cousin “LOL”.

  78. Geturlife -  January 14, 2013 - 9:34 pm

    I’d like to resurrect the phrase my mother used when I was a child “Go fly a kite”! In reply to someone who ticked her off.

  79. Kareem -  January 14, 2013 - 8:51 pm

    I have been thinking for a while and I have noticed many of these people are saying words that should be banned, but have you ever thought about reusing these words again. Like in the sentence ”The thing is….,” maybe you are trying to entertain your child and making play any game of some sort that will exercise his or her brain. Long story short words will be useful in any matter so why think of banning them?

  80. Fredrick -  January 14, 2013 - 8:31 pm

    The most silly pair of words – ‘you know’
    No I don’t that is why I am listening to what you have to say.

  81. KO -  January 14, 2013 - 8:31 pm

    Words should not be banished (although I’ve heard arguments that “should” should be banished as it is far too bossy and doesn’t reflect a suggestion or alck of foresight, as in “I should have known better”). All these overused and/or integrated words “should” be given their day in the sun……after all, slang and jargon reflect dialectical and commercial and generational nuances, acronyms are the result of the electronic revolution, euphemisms have always been incorporated into mainstream. I like the idea of the Word Police but I always thought that was a Mom. Perhaps, instead of incorporating these words into the mainstream dictionary, there should be splinter-group dictionaries to address the non sequiturs. I am more offended by the lapse among professional journalists, writers and teachers who are in a position to reinforce solid grammar and proper usage than I am by the pop cultural abuses. For instance, in the 20′s “tight” meant “loose” (as in alcohol). Then tight actually meant tight. And somewhere it became righteous. But tight is still tight if you’re tightening a bolt. My pet peeve of all time: using “who” as an object and never even addressing “whom.”

  82. Brendan Simpson -  January 14, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    I think YOLO and Fiscal Cliff need to be banished. Seriously.

  83. Deb -  January 14, 2013 - 7:32 pm

    Bear with me…
    Bear with…
    Moveable feast…

  84. Shari -  January 14, 2013 - 6:23 pm

    every single fruit and vegetable now is a “superfood” what happened to something just being plain nutritious. I think the term has gone through a literary gangbang over the past year or two.

  85. C -  January 14, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    The expression “y’all” always evokes negative thoughts in my generally peaceful mind.

  86. Joe -  January 14, 2013 - 5:35 pm

    Will “awesome” EVER die? It’s been YEARS!!
    I could stick hot needles in my eyes every time I hear some dolt with his hat on backwards utter it.

  87. Random Girl 1 claire -  January 14, 2013 - 5:16 pm

    All I have to say is that, in everyday life, I think these words are ok, but I would be slightly annoyed to see some of these in a book I was reading.
    Oh… And please, if your going to “banish” words, can you PLEASE banish SWAG??? It makes me feel embarrassed that I’m the same ae as those people!

  88. husker -  January 14, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    literally. it gets on my nerves when someone says: “i would literally die if i eat this!” no you wont. you just dont want to eat it. really annoying and misused


  89. Nunya -  January 14, 2013 - 4:38 pm

    Swagg is really annoying

    also, when people say like between every word when they talk

  90. Alan -  January 14, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    Let’s get rid of forte. ( meaning one’s strong point, Because almost everybody pronounces it wrong. Forte pronounced for tay means loud. Forte meaning strong point is pronounced fort.)

  91. heyheyhey -  January 14, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    i think that “like” should be banished. not as in the verb, but when people say “like” after every two words……an example:

    “I just wanted to say, like, that I had my project ready on time, but, like, my printer stopped working, so, like, I wasn’t able to, like, have it with me, like, right now.”

    OMG it gets on my nerves……..sometimes I say it, but when it’s overused my someone i get annoyed!!!

  92. Stella -  January 14, 2013 - 3:41 pm

    and Thanks

  93. ccc -  January 14, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    I don’t think anyone else has mentioned this infuriating tag-on (mainly by sportscasters I think):pitching-wise; running-wise; salary-wise;ad nauseum. Such useage suggests lazy thinking and even a lack of education language-wise.

  94. DeeMulaah -  January 14, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    Its impossible to banish a word. Its impossible because people will say what ever they want to. You can’t stop a person from saying what they want to say and this also goes against freedom of speech.

  95. Stan -  January 14, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    How about – “heads up” as in, “just a heads up, the boss will be in today.” I think this may have some origin in the military; a former colleague of mine from the Marines used it all the freakin’ time! Also “per” as in “per my email, I’ll need that report by the end of the day.” It makes me want to go postal.

  96. John F -  January 14, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    Baby bump.

  97. Bearie -  January 14, 2013 - 11:44 am

    If you do not like a certain word, then abstain from using it yourself. We all want to learn about new words, but one pet peeve as a blogger has been those who have to proclaim how they are better editors than the rest of us. I am sorry my writing skills and word usage is not on the level with those individuals, but I simply write about topics that interest me, and I like to share my interests with words and videos. So ultimately if you write or read online there will always be words you detest, but I think part of being a happy person is just focusing on yourself. If someone uses a word you hate, honestly, there is no need to constantly complain about it.

  98. Piquel Juavez -  January 14, 2013 - 10:46 am

    Time to banish, “Fair Share!”

    … especially if it ever shows up in the same sentence as “balanced approach.”

  99. Maranda -  January 14, 2013 - 9:50 am

    Whatchamacallit … Yes. I think it is time for this word to go. Nobody understands what the word stands for!

  100. Confusing Lissie -  January 14, 2013 - 9:42 am

    Epic…… when it is used to describe anything other than epic poetry or a literacy work deserving of being called epic.
    For example when people ‘say he/ she is epic’ or ‘that was epic’ it makes me shudder..
    And the phrase Epic Fail is unbearable…. please stop using it x

  101. Brianna -  January 14, 2013 - 9:10 am

    Do people realize how much they use the word like? Like they’re talking and I don’t know like they just say it like that. There are appropriate times to use the word ‘like’, but most people, even adults, don’t notice how often they use it.

  102. Jack -  January 14, 2013 - 9:03 am

    I was hoping to see by now that at least one person out there is as tired as I am of hearing “incredible” and “unbelievable” used in our culture so incredibly erroneously and unbelievably often. Someone?

  103. Anne Wiggins -  January 14, 2013 - 8:15 am

    How tired I am of “baby bump” !

  104. jacob -  January 14, 2013 - 6:53 am

    you guys are stupid why get rid/banish words/phrases we use everyday, imbecils, we use these words and phrases everyday, and just because YOU are bothered by them then tell your friends that you don’t like them, no one can banish words/phrases just because someone dosen’t like them. Get a life people and think of more smarter things to banish.

  105. Mimi -  January 14, 2013 - 6:46 am

    I would like to see the words “no problem” removed from normal conversation. When someone waits on me in a store or a restaurant, I wish they would just say “your welcome”. I find “no problem” way too colloquial (sp?).
    Or maybe I am just old and crabby …

  106. Chaz DeSimone -  January 14, 2013 - 12:44 am

    “No problem.”

    Usually by a moron clerk at a retail store, after I say “thanks anyway.” Know why? Because the reason I had to ask the dumbshit something in the first place was because there WAS a problem, and he most likely did not solve it for me.

  107. Michael -  January 13, 2013 - 7:24 pm

    I think the words SWAG and YOLO should be banished. Way too overused

  108. Anshuman -  January 13, 2013 - 6:21 pm

    1. Ecosystem

    2. Template

    3. “Needless to say” ( and then going on to SAY IT !)…

    4. “like” (sprinkled anywhere in a sentence, used a pause, to think of the right expression !)

    5. Paradigm shift

    6. Awesome (used so awfully frequently that almost every thing / place / person / event / experience is awesome these days)…

    7. Most of the words & phrases used by lawyers.

    Cheers !
    Anshuman Vora, Mumbai.

  109. Wordsmith -  January 13, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    I would like to permanently replace: “Have your cake and eat it, too” with “Eat your cake and have it, too.” Anyone can have a cake and then eat it; the real trick (and luxury) lies in eating the cake and then still having it. Amazing how many arbiters of words let this one go uncorrected!

  110. Anonymous -  January 13, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    Eliminate the word “friend” the way we use it on Facebook. “Friend” is a noun, not a verb. I want to be good “friends” with someone, not just “friend” whoever I can to expand the list on my Facebook.

  111. lala -  January 13, 2013 - 4:08 pm


  112. Elizabeth -  January 13, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    I’d like to see a halt to the twisting of the preposition “around.” I do not see why the whimpy phrases “conversations around” and “issues around” have replaced “conversations about” and “issues with.” Have we all lost the confidence to state firmly what we want to discuss or object to? (Please refer to Churchill’s comment on sentences that end with prepositions if you are bothered by my doing same above.)

  113. Stephen -  January 13, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    Google as verb.

    “Google” is a search engine corporation which makes it a noun and not a verb as the example below:

    “I going to google it to find if Google is a noun or verb.”

  114. mia m. -  January 13, 2013 - 12:13 pm


  115. Terry -  January 13, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Please banish ‘lowering, lowered’ we already have a real word for this, reducing.

  116. Kaleun -  January 13, 2013 - 7:59 am

    “Really?” (with accompanying raised eyebrow, to indicate disdain).

    As a laconic dismissal of something patently absurd, it can be devastating. However, “really?” has been overused to the point that it loses its wryness and becomes nothing more than a refusal to address the merits of the objectionable thing that has been said or done.

    It’s the 2012 equivalent of “what*ever*…” (in essence, an admission that one is too narcissistic, inarticulate, or inconsiderate to formulate a coherent rebuttal).

  117. Me -  January 13, 2013 - 6:51 am

    IF words were to be banished, I would say:
    “affect” or “effect”. They are mixed up way too often. Just make one of them a verb and a noun.
    “awesome” needs to go too. You can’t use it in its original sense without it seeming like you just mean “cool.” The meaning has completely changed.
    HOWEVER, I don’t think words should be banished. Let them fall out of use naturally. Just because the meaning has changed doesn’t mean the word should be abandoned. The definition should be changed to fit the usage of the word.

  118. lady in retirement -  January 13, 2013 - 6:21 am

    Some of the words cited are not so bad; it is their overuse and inappropriate usage that is at fault. “Swag” is not any worse than “loot” (when used as a noun – and in the Australian song “Waltzing Matilda” there is a “jolly swagman”). I agree with the person who doesn’t like “high five” – I even hate it as a gesture. In the UK “I have got” is the usual way of saying the word nowadays whether one lives in grand house or a hovel – in fact the only people I have heard using ‘gotten’ in the UK are visiting Americans (and somebody I knew who had grown up in Belize – I think in that country American English prevails). Though compounds of ‘get’ e.g. ‘forget’ do use the compound version – “I have forgotten to do my homework”. Because of the “haunted fishtank” Americanisms are becoming quite common in British English – I haven’t visited the USA so don’t know the reverse situation. When I was younger if you were ill enough you “went into hospital” or if you were unfortunate to have your house broken into your house “was burgled”. Now people get “hospitalised” or “burglarised”. Those verbs jar on my ears though to a younger person they probably sound normal.

  119. Gayle Weber -  January 13, 2013 - 5:47 am

    Thank you, Richard Daniels. I cringe every time I hear it.

  120. charioteer -  January 13, 2013 - 5:30 am


  121. Verdant -  January 13, 2013 - 4:32 am

    The following drives me up a wall: The car “needs fixed”. No! It needs “to be” fixed! Is this unique to the Portland, OR realm of consciousness? The laundry “needs washed”. I have needs and would like to wash them?

  122. Joel -  January 13, 2013 - 2:06 am

    Banish words from my already meager vocabulary? I think not. Unfortunately, language proficiency is not an intrinsic quality I possess, ergo I must do my best to extend far beyond my current vernacular, and strive to speak more like the Queen or “the Architect” from the movie “the Matrix.”

  123. Kirsten -  January 12, 2013 - 9:34 pm

    Legit should be sent to the underworld.

  124. Wendie Tobin -  January 12, 2013 - 7:38 pm

    I’d like to vote for a lifetime ban on use of the word “bandwidth” in the context of available time on the calendar (e.g. “Do you have the bandwidth to handle this project?”).

  125. Wendie Tobin -  January 12, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    I’m all set with “wheelhouse.”

  126. be. -  January 12, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    sorry, wrote that wrong. I like delicious as other than an adjective. other than for food. I love the connotation of a “delicious story” for example.

    oh, hate “want to come with” as if that is the proper way to end a sentence. I know it seems to be colloquial, but still. I am a yankee living in the south. Some things just bother me language-wise here.

    another odd one I like. using the suffix -ish where it doesn’t belong. “It was para-normal-ish”. “It was freeish.” I love those. seriously. lol.

  127. Tom -  January 12, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    Please banish the use of “impact” as a verb, along with the ridiculous mispronunciation of the plural of “process.” That plural is “processes” and not “processees.”

  128. S. O. Rooney -  January 12, 2013 - 5:43 pm

    I feel that a lot of these suggestions are anal retentive, “for sure.” But really, it is all in fun (isn’t it?). There is nothing wrong with venting a little. (Even if you are being anal retentive.) And I agree wholeheartedly with many of the nominees. One phrase I have not seen here though, a little dated, but that has always made my skin crawl, is

    “growing a business”

    OMG, I hate that phrase. Plants grow, people and animals grow. Businesses do not grow! Repugnant.

    But the one thing that bothers me more than anything else is people that don’t proofread their posts and emails. I am the first to admit that my grammar isn’t perfect, and my intention is not to hold anyone else to perfection. But for God’s sake, most people know how to spell “the,” “believe,” “going,” etc. They just don’t care enough about what they’re saying to say it without looking completely illiterate. These people are destroying civilization as we know it (or what little we have left)!

  129. Marie -  January 12, 2013 - 4:37 pm


  130. Joe -  January 12, 2013 - 3:21 pm


  131. Chakib -  January 12, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    I advocate the view of laura , we cannot step over any word even if we don’t use it every now and them , for the sole reason is that we cannot expect the moment when we need to use a given word .Over the past few years ,i had to fall back many times to most obsolete words ,such as “keep your blood cool “meaning to listen to my view diligently .

  132. C.J.Striker -  January 12, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    How can we banish such words? More such words are created almost everyday. Saying the same thing in a different in order to impress, especially management jargon. What about teenagers and their kind of language?

  133. Walt Disney -  January 12, 2013 - 11:45 am

    i belive that these words have a place in this world and its place is in our vocabularys. and yes i am the real Walt Disney

  134. Formidability -  January 12, 2013 - 11:35 am

    ‘Tie-out’ should go, as in “you need to tie-out with Jane to make sure we’ve agreed on this year’s numbers.” Aargh.

  135. Ricardito -  January 12, 2013 - 11:05 am

    “importantly” when you mean “important”

    He set three world records, but more importantly, he did it all in one day.

  136. Juamster -  January 12, 2013 - 9:24 am

    uber, epic

  137. Big B. -  January 12, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Surreal…everybody seems to be having surreal events in their lives these days….”I saw the guy being chased by the police….it was so surreal, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!” Is what I saw on the news today. The word is used far to frequently diminishing the definition, plus if everything is “surreal” then there is no reality.

  138. Kevinem -  January 12, 2013 - 9:00 am

    People use the word “help” where it’s completely unnecessary, eg. “Melatonin helps promote sleep,” or “Turning down your thermostat can help lower your heating bill.”

    Something either promotes sleep or does not promote sleep; it does not help some mysterious, unnamed other factor it *its* promotion of sleep. Turning down your thermostat *will* lower your heating bill. (The above is also an example of the overuse of conditional words, like “may,” “can,” etc.)

    Look for this when writing: Is the word following “help” a noun? If not, you can probably scrap the “help.” Following this rule may help reduce the length of your sentences. ;)

  139. Vanessa -  January 12, 2013 - 8:59 am

    I wish that people would stop using ‘eclectic’ to mean ‘eccentric.’ That is not its definition! ‘Eclectic’ means ‘drawing on a number of cultural sources’: eclectic architecture incorporates elements of various architectural styles.

  140. okaji -  January 12, 2013 - 8:08 am

    I don’t know if I’m the only one enjoying this thread but the humor in this discussion is first class. I kept lolling (oops!) about people jumping off the cliff if they heard a particular word more time, those wondering how people laugh with their a** (in lmao) and those saying, “strangle it at birth!” and prescribing behavioral change techniques for eradicating obnoxious words…

    This is such a healthy discussion and I’ve learnt so much, not being a native speaker of English. I’ve had to go through the manuscript of my current book to look for instances of these overused, abused or misused words… I don’t want anyone committing suicide on account of my language.

    Thanks all!

  141. Lisa -  January 12, 2013 - 6:42 am

    just saying what?

  142. zaylie -  January 12, 2013 - 5:16 am

    I would like to banish the word salute.It always makes me flippin crazy!!!!

  143. zaylie -  January 12, 2013 - 5:10 am

    “all swear words”

  144. warjna -  January 11, 2013 - 9:04 pm

    Could we PLEASE get rid of NOTATE? This is one bit of CorpSpeak that just drives me crazy. Notate specifically refers to the marks of musical notation. Can’t we please just use the proper words and note it or make a note of it?
    And don’t get me started on “also too”…

  145. Diana -  January 11, 2013 - 4:28 pm


    Please make that phrase punishable by walking backwards or something. I don’t know, but it’s a truly ugly, gruesome phrase. It makes me nauseous.

    PRICEY!! Please make it go away. It’s not really even a word, and it adds nothing new to a REAL word — “expensive”.

  146. Teto -  January 11, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    irregardless–———Regardless of anything you have heard………….. IRREGARDLESS is not a word.

  147. Kyle -  January 11, 2013 - 2:05 pm

    Okay, come on folks. We can say whatever we want to say. It doesn’t matter if you like it or not. We have the right to free speech for a reason. Who cares if you don’t like the quote-on-quote “Dreaded” internet language known as leetspeak?

  148. Me -  January 11, 2013 - 12:16 pm

    Definatly eliminate swag other then a plant

  149. Deb -  January 11, 2013 - 11:26 am

    The phrase – “whole entire” because out is the most obviously redundant phrase ever

    The word “year” as in, “This is my 5th year anniversary.” The prefix “ann” means year; hence, is completely unnecessary.

  150. Pat -  January 11, 2013 - 10:59 am

    Folks, I am empathic toward your need to evoke sympathy but it ain’t a word.

  151. m -  January 11, 2013 - 10:48 am

    i think sexy should be banished, its a disgusting word. anything related to it should be banned too. also, snog it is slimy and pig-like cant we just use kiss?

    There’s hot too. can’t people just say pretty or beautiful. cute is used in the same way and that is just as annoying.

    absolutely, totally and oh my god or omg too! They are annoying and american, american people are annoying because they use these silly words


  152. Richard -  January 11, 2013 - 10:04 am

    Just saying…

  153. Avery Wuntz Smart -  January 11, 2013 - 9:52 am

    I vote for the trendy and pretentious “verboten” and its cousin, “strictly verboten”. Too rich for my blood. Enough already.

  154. Donald -  January 11, 2013 - 8:36 am

    G-6, tonight, dance, Rihanna (in any context that implies she might be musically inclined). Furthermore, to speak the sentence: “I heard Rihanna singin’ G-6 and it made me want to dance,” should be punishable by at least two weeks of library or nap time.

  155. Rosemary C. -  January 11, 2013 - 8:24 am

    “Going forward”: It’s just filler. The future tense does the job.

    “The thing is”: WHAT thing?

    I find the phrases above annoying, but I’m sure they’ll go out of fashion at some point.

  156. D Oden -  January 11, 2013 - 7:57 am

    I love this, I came to this because of my dislike for ‘efforting’! I wish I could ‘like’ all the ones I don’t like. (ha ha another one I’m sure people hate)

    I’d say banish the verbing of nouns period! And I saw one to add, the nouning of the verb ‘ask’

    Perhaps, rather than creating new ways to use ordinary words, we should seek to regain some of our lost vocabulary and learn to use it correctly… that being said (sorry had to) great section, loved reading the choices

  157. Kay -  January 11, 2013 - 7:49 am

    Don’t you people proof read your comments? Bannish typ-o’S!

  158. Lynne Scott -  January 11, 2013 - 7:43 am

    @Macca: To the American ear, to say ” It has got cold” sounds incorrect and frankly, low Brittish English. When one declines the word, “gotten” is the proper usage. On another matter, I agree with someone above who talked about “where you at?” I remember seeing a rapper ( Heavy D? RIP) on a cell phone commercial yelling that over and over. I am an African American mom and school teacher. Rappers – some of whom are educated, know better and do not speak that way around their children- influence scores of adolescents and even young adults, to misuse our language.

  159. Lynne Scott -  January 11, 2013 - 7:19 am

    Every generation has their catch phrases and favorite words. Live and let live – that”s one. It doesn’t really bother me PER SE. That’s another one that gets overused. The other day we heard a girl say ” We should TOTALLY go over to the bar! ( Emphasis hers). My husband and I laughed just a little. We thought it was cute. Then there is the shortened form ” TOATS” haha. As a teacher, the word that really bothers me is CONVERSATE. There is no such word. The other thing that chafes a bit is when you say ” I’m going to the ATM machine”. That is like saying Automated Teller Machine machine. Geesh, I totally hope I don’t sound like sort old fartish. Like I mean…see what I’m saying?

  160. Susan -  January 11, 2013 - 7:18 am

    I must say to all of your comments on word abuse, no one has said anything about the misuse of profanity in every day language! I would like to see all the swear words removed from common every day language! How about replacing profanity with some of the cute little words that bother so many.of you! I think silly use of, what’s up!, Hey you, what ever and so on and so on ….. These words are much easier on the ears than profanity is! So why not banish profanity!, instead of silly words that are not really harmful to the English language!

  161. Lynne Scott -  January 11, 2013 - 7:09 am

    If I played a drinking game whenever I heard “sort of” on the Cycle on MSNBC,
    (which I really enjoy) I would be drunk by the end of the show. Young people use that now instead of saying “Like”

  162. L.L. Logophile -  January 11, 2013 - 6:43 am

    I’ve heard a quite a few people mention, “at the end of the day”. That is the time of reflection, is it not? You can’t banish deep words like that, besides they would have to rewrite Le Miserables!

  163. Susan -  January 11, 2013 - 6:42 am

    One word that should be banished forever is f–k! This has become so common in everyday
    Language, I am sick of hearing the use of this so called word!!!

  164. Jerry -  January 11, 2013 - 6:23 am

    If I hear “fiscal cliff” again, I’ll jump from a precipice.

  165. CK -  January 11, 2013 - 4:09 am

    class warfare

  166. Don Grant -  January 10, 2013 - 10:22 pm

    Since when did ‘ask’ become a noun? as in ‘it was a big ask’ which I suppose means ‘it was a big task’. Stop butchering the Queen’s English, sports commentators, you are the biggest culprits!

  167. Ooha -  January 10, 2013 - 8:43 pm

    why not banish the word “the”

  168. Kathy -  January 10, 2013 - 8:05 pm

    Could we please get TV chefs to stop saying “bake this off”? Off what? I’ve never understood it and they all seem to say it.

  169. BarbWyre -  January 10, 2013 - 7:29 pm

    I’m tired of the misuse of SO, as in “Many comments have been posted here by people who SO need a sense of humor.” Or, “You are SO not going to do that.”

    Relax for a moment. No one is actually suggesting words be completely banned or censored. Irregardless (har!) we need to banish the overuse or misuse of certain words or phrases. Guru is a fine word when used to describe an actual guru. But a “cupcake guru”? Asinine.

    Baby bump. It is the physical manifestation of a fetus inside a uterus. Not a baby bump.

    Party as a verb. Or most nouns used as verbs.

    It is what it is.


    Long story short.

    Women get pregnant. Couples expect the birth of their child, but only the woman is pregnant. Men do not get pregnant.

    Get on the same page.

    Touch base.

    Cool. I admit I overuse this, and I’m trying to stop. Anyone using “kewl” needs to be sent to prison.

    Road trip!

    Game changer. Superfood.

    Disaster. The Titanic was a disaster. Katrina was a disaster. A missed field goal is not a disaster.

    Diva. Scary skinny. Beach body.


    Rockin’ it.

    At the end of the day I think some of you need to lighten up and brush up on your reading comprehension skills.

    Wait. It is the end of the day. After this I will put on my pajamas and go to sleep.

  170. Max -  January 10, 2013 - 6:23 pm

    Please obliterate/extinguish the word “Obviously” and the phrase “To tell you the truth”!

    Its even on TV “Obviously”, every where!
    Thanks Max

  171. eric -  January 10, 2013 - 6:07 pm

    what about YOLO?

  172. Monica -  January 10, 2013 - 5:14 pm

    I don’t get the point of banishing words. If you don’t like them, don’t use them. If you don’t like hearing people use them correct them or ignore them. If they get peeved about it, don’t worry.

    Why would you ban a word for it being annoying. I dislike the acronym YOLO, but I manage to live with it. It’s a word. It won’t end your life.

    Also, if you’re near your friends, do you talk formally or informally. Obviously, you don’t talk to your friends the same way you would talk to a President or a college professor. Some of these words are used informally. If you have seen them in the middle of something formal, just ignore it or correct it.

  173. Saul Wentz -  January 10, 2013 - 5:14 pm

    If someone ever says ‘YOLO’ to you remind them that they only die once as well.

  174. Anonymous -  January 10, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    ‘Awesome,’ ‘ironic,’ and ‘epic’ are my suggestions. Good list – ‘superfood’ is especially getting on my nerves…

  175. Erin H. -  January 10, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    To improve this website, dont banish any words. People need words. Also, banishing words is so STUPID. So please don’t banish any words, Imean just think of the children of this world. How will they know what words that are banished here mean? A standard dictionary doesn’t have all of the world’s words.

  176. Esme -  January 10, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    I think people overuse epic.

  177. bob -  January 10, 2013 - 2:26 pm

    You really need to banish “legit” and “legitly”. everyone uses them totally wrong.

  178. unknown -  January 10, 2013 - 1:51 pm


  179. diane -  January 10, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    no way !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  180. austinhayes -  January 10, 2013 - 1:46 pm

    yolo is annoying, banish it who even cares about it, i know that i dont

  181. Norm -  January 10, 2013 - 10:55 am

    The following words are threadbare, to say the least;

    support, system and community.

    I play a game while listening to news broacasts, in which I keep
    score of the aforementioned words. This is an attempt to determine
    which of the three is the winner of the week. Invariably, the winner
    will change, but the three participants of the contest never seem to.

  182. shelly s. -  January 10, 2013 - 9:32 am


  183. jrilett -  January 10, 2013 - 9:24 am

    Please banish the phrase “in space” when discussing football action that took place away from the majority of players, what used to be called the open field. We have never seen football plays or players in space.

  184. Arielle -  January 10, 2013 - 9:11 am

    If something is called an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO), it has been identified. Therefore it is no longer unidentified, and the title UFO is no longer correct. When it loses its title, it becomes unidentified, making it a UFO and thus restarting the cycle.

  185. Bernadette -  January 10, 2013 - 8:46 am

    Please stop using the word “uber” and I hate the word conversate. Uber is just a ridiculous word, sounds German, and reminds me of WWll. Use the word super or ultra instead. Means the same thing. Conversate isn’t a word. Just because a lot of people use it doesn’t make it a word. Oh and another word people are always misusing is drugged instead of the word dragged which is always the past tense of drag. Clearly dragged and drugged have two different meanings.

    The uneducated should not have an influence on what are acceptable words. If they don’t stop using these words the next time I conversate I’m going to get uber pissed off and have them drugged across the parking lot so I can give them a major beat down. Oh, and I almost forgot, I’ll do it irregardless of whether or not they think they need the beat down. Regardless of what I may think I know these words aren’t going away any time soon or at least not soon enough!

    Wow, that felt good! I get so frustrated with people using the wrong words. Thank you for letting me vent.

  186. Mary -  January 10, 2013 - 8:36 am

    YOLO. I can’t stand seeing it, and people constantly using the term…

  187. lis -  January 10, 2013 - 7:57 am

    if I hear “thought leadership” one more time, I may become physically ill.

  188. Karen -  January 10, 2013 - 7:13 am

    “TON” when used to refer to a large quantity, rather than 2000 pounds.

  189. Mary -  January 10, 2013 - 6:37 am

    Graceless: impactful and liaze
    Overused: trending

  190. Rigamarole -  January 10, 2013 - 6:21 am

    I can’t stand it when people say “Tarjay” instead of “Target” as a place to shop! This is not funny!

  191. TomP -  January 10, 2013 - 4:54 am

    It’s not so much that many of these words should be banished – although there are a fair few that should – but that people and the media use the same hackneyed words and phrases far too much instead of using something original. On top of that, people then begin to use them in ways that are completely incorrect without realising it.

  192. Patch -  January 10, 2013 - 3:46 am

    Words and expressions I really hate: ‘at the end of the day’ and ‘spoiler alert’. And of course ‘It’s Unique. Very Unique’. Arggh

  193. clone -  January 10, 2013 - 1:43 am

    I want vougals to be banished!

  194. Victor -  January 10, 2013 - 1:28 am

    I would like to eradicate the ‘caps lock’ key, as I believe its misuse far exceeds that of any single word.

    As far as the words go, however, it seems silly to banish or remove words due to large-scale misuse. I reserve my usage of words like ‘awesome’, ‘amazing’, and ‘epic’ for when I am truly in awe or amazed. I also know the meaning of ‘irony’ and rarely use the word, but why should I be disallowed its use?

    And I’ve had my share of experiences involving loud, idiotic, rambunctious teenage boys, but they’re swaggering about all over this country and what they want is your reaction. I say let them swagger, just keep your distance. Free speech and all…
    YOLO on the other hand is something I’d like to never hear, because A: I dislike useless acronyms, and B: If you only live once(and you are expressedly aware of it), you should think a lot more about what you’re doing, and what you COULD be doing instead.

    My view of this entire discussion is this: don’t change the language, change the people using it. (or, rather, misusing it)

  195. Njuki Mate -  January 9, 2013 - 11:57 pm

    get a life – Is used when someone has no meaningful counter-argument to offer.

    issues – “I have issues with issue”. Can we now go back to problem.

  196. Jack the Ferret -  January 9, 2013 - 9:06 pm

    My Top 5:

    1. tasker
    2. “I’ve been tasked with …” (or “I’ve been tasked to …”)
    3. “I’m just saying” or “just sayin’”
    4. The phrase “… I’m like …”
    5. Whatever! (“And so then I’m like, whatever!”)

  197. Chime Gochan -  January 9, 2013 - 8:12 pm

    Correction with my comment, “As far as I know, Facebook is a verb.” What I mean to say is, “Facebook is a noun.”

  198. Chime Gochan -  January 9, 2013 - 8:04 pm

    Another set of overused and misused words related to technology.

    *tweeted — Are you a bird? Why not say, “I posted a tweet.”
    *Facebooking — Uhm, really? Is this a verb? As far as I know, Facebook is a verb. Why not say, “I logged on to Facebook.”
    *LMAO — The first time I read this, I thought it is a new spelling for pig feed, which is “lamaw /la-maw/ in the Cebuano dialect. This, again, is another term usage that has no sense to me. If you use your a** to laugh, what will protect you should you slip on the floor?

    Where did all the stupid word usage come from? Maybe it comes from netizens who are drowning themselves laughing all over nonsense memes and pictures over 9gag. Stop being mesmerized with nonsense websites, people. Read encyclopedias and dictionaries to get the correct word usage.

  199. Chime Gochan -  January 9, 2013 - 7:58 pm

    These are the words and phrases I wish would disappear from mainstream usage:

    *epic fail — Huh? What does that mean? As far as I know, epic is like a saga of greatness to the positive level. How can a failure be a saga of greatness?
    *that awkward moment when — Again, another huh? Do you have to say it? Why not say the “awkward moment” spiel in another way? (Exampe, “That awkard moment when Neville Longbottom becomes hot” should be stated, rather, as “It seems that Neville Longbottom looks hotter than all the other Harry Potter guys.”)
    *LOL – this, I hate the most. If a person laughs, you often hear “hahahaha,” not “lolololol.” Sometimes, I think people who invented these neologisms do not have common sense at all.
    *bucket list — It is a list, but where is the bucket? Is this list supposed to be like a pail where you put all the things you find along the beach? Why is it called a bucket list? Why not make it a list instead?
    *”Gift” as a verb is simply grammatically incorrect. I am sure that my Speech teacher will forever ban you from her class should you say this. There is this verb called “give,” people!

    Using technology as a verb, like “Skyping,” “texting,” or “IM-ing,” I had tried “texting,” but not the two. It may seem idiotic to use these verbs, but I guess it cannot be helped. On the other hand, I think using the right verb instead of the technology nouns should be used, such as:
    *I sent her a text message.
    *We communicated through Skype.
    *I sent them an IM.

  200. DanP -  January 9, 2013 - 6:31 pm

    While the worst of these words and expressions annoy me more than I can possibly describe, I have finally realized that I am not personally in charge of the evolution of the language.

    Note to self: Get a grip.

  201. Rion Neeuq -  January 9, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    I meant ‘Most Bestest.’ sorry!

  202. Rion Neeuq -  January 9, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    Most bestes, irregardless, bootleg and ratchet

  203. Anmol -  January 9, 2013 - 2:16 pm

    I, like others, don’t feel these words should be banished. There is a reason why these words are overused. It’s because these words emphasize the differences from one person to another. BTW, banishing these words is like banishing alcohol from the Us (black market all over again).

  204. Joseph -  January 9, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    “An all-new episode” of a TV show.
    As opposed to an episode that is half-new and half-rerun??

  205. malaya -  January 9, 2013 - 1:36 pm

    Rob, what would you suggest replacing the verb “skype” with???

  206. SteveJ -  January 9, 2013 - 12:15 pm

    “Comingled”. I’ve been unsuccessfully searching for someone who can explain how that is different from “mingled” for quite some time.

  207. Lynda Harrison -  January 9, 2013 - 10:38 am

    Stop saying “double check” if you don’t mean it. It’s fine if you really are going to check twice but otherwise, just say “check.”

  208. Kristin -  January 9, 2013 - 10:04 am

    How about banishing for eternity the expression “my bad”. Where the heck did it come from anyway? I absolutely hate it!

  209. The original John -  January 9, 2013 - 9:50 am

    Narcissistic, mainly as a condition or diagnossis. The Pro football Quarterback and President are defined as narcissistic, please.

  210. John Johnson -  January 9, 2013 - 9:40 am

    @mary mazz

    I ever do agree so.

    It’s compounded by the fact that it’s used to justify acts that would be wiser if you do not only live once.

  211. Brie -  January 9, 2013 - 9:31 am


    This word has been overused, and most often incorrectly. “This house is VERY unique.” “He has the MOST unique idea” etc.

    The significance for which it stands has been lost in its misuse and overuse.

  212. scott -  January 9, 2013 - 8:38 am

    If you have to tell me that you are Just saying something then it is not impoortant enough to say of its own volition.
    Therefore you are telling someone else how important you think you are by saying it.
    Part of free speech is allowing the listener to decide how important it is, you trying to emphasize this only proves your idiocy.

    Run that up your flagpole and see who salutes!

  213. Thomas -  January 9, 2013 - 8:12 am

    “End of the Day” was an overused phrase in 2012 and will likely continue. This phrase spread among broadcasters and commentators like swine flu. Among the general population, the phrase “It is what it is,” literally, has to be the most meaningless phrase ever.

    “I crashed my car, but at the end of the day it will be repaired”

    “It is what it is”

    “Thank you. That insight greatly assisted my situation”

  214. toot -  January 9, 2013 - 7:36 am

    just sayin’

    Kill it. Drive a stake through its heart. Anyone using it to sum up their spiel should have their tongue nailed to the floor.

  215. Cassie -  January 9, 2013 - 6:56 am

    We should totally get rid of the “Like” word that comes up so often in our vocabulary. notice how many times your friend says the word “like” in your conversation; its terrible!!!

  216. Lex -  January 9, 2013 - 6:20 am

    Oh please, please, please -”METEORIC RISE”.

    There is no such thing. Meteors fall they do not rise. For years this has been going on. Please end it. Please.

  217. bludella -  January 9, 2013 - 6:07 am

    Please stop using the word “big-box”. Some words on the banish list are used either incorrectly or in a manner that reduces some phenomenon to the degree that assumes eveyone knows all the politics around the use of a hot topic term. I don’t think I like hot topic either…

  218. Becky Mazur -  January 9, 2013 - 5:46 am

    I’d like to see people stop using the phrase, “Nuff said”. If it really is enough said, why add this trite phrase? If not, who are you to declare the discussion over?

  219. Dorothy Finn -  January 9, 2013 - 5:34 am

    What does “not really”, “pretty much”, “basically”, “like”, “yes and no” — these words should be banished — they are use to create vagueness and avoid the truth.

  220. Deborah -  January 9, 2013 - 4:29 am

    To make a long story short

  221. Nuwan -  January 9, 2013 - 4:16 am

    When this world has so many issues that we should centre our concern, such as poverty, hunger, AIDS etc these people discuss stupid stuff as banishing certain words. What a crazy direction are we heading towards. Americans and Europeans end in obesity while Africans die of malnutrition. These freaks do on word banishing etc. I’m utterly disappointed seeing these.

    Differentiate intelligence and wisdom.

  222. Jason -  January 9, 2013 - 4:10 am

    I personally hate it when people misuse jealous when they actually mean envious.
    And then there are terms like “smart phone” which sound technical and specific but have no actual definition.
    Ban their use!

  223. HI -  January 9, 2013 - 4:05 am

    ill banish “NO”

  224. Jeremy -  January 9, 2013 - 3:34 am

    Words or phrases that should have been strangled at birth are:
    At the end of the day – a lead-in used by English soccer commentators which precedes a mundae, banal conclusion

    Contraversy when pronounced “controfosy” vs Contra-versy. Just a matter of sound and style.

    “very unique” often heard on US TV

    The verb to total in the sense of wrecking a motor car

  225. Ian Harwood -  January 9, 2013 - 3:34 am

    Robust – used for absolutely anything and everything that is good or should appear so
    Toxic – used for absolutely anything and everything that is bad; rarely used wrt poisonous substances

    Also, all the annoying words used by TV chefs/cooks in the UK:

    Kick – used pretty much all the time when there is chilli involved
    Whizz/Blitz – used whenever a food processor is involved.

  226. Lola -  January 9, 2013 - 2:23 am

    ” no worries ” drives me nuts!! But I find that I like the Lil Wayne song No Worries. And go figure is annoying. Swag is the most overused word ever!!

  227. Saul Wentz -  January 8, 2013 - 11:29 pm

    I too have started to notice trends and patterns in the way people use language in general. But, never forget to look at both the detailed mechanics and the grand scheme of a system from every angle comprehensible to your reasoning. My professor once said “use the language”, to place this in context he was speaking of the language associated with electrodynamics. The ‘language of a trade’ is used to merely express ideas in a concise manner without say, running out of a time slot allotted by the timing of a T.V. program. So certain catch phrases are used to avoid confusion ( a speaker must always ask the rhetorical question “what is my probable audience?” before they try to convey an idea/event/whatever). My approach to this is similar to Scyphi’s, look for the reason behind the event before attempting to analyze it, often with a judgmental slant (I’m not casting dispersions on any one of you by that, I realize the judgmental component is a natural agency that contributes to a human’s overall appreciation of something). With all of this in mind, I still agree that some words/phrases are overused and, with the same frequency, misused. However, a speaker must always consider what lingo is popular at the moment and, again, who they are probably talking to and how they have come to gather information. After all, it is completely the speaker’s responsibility to accurately and precisely convey the message to his/her audience. Anyways that’s my soap box and I realize that my grammar could use some work (and I probably used some of the words that should be banished, haha) but my message should be clear: catch phrases, coined words/phrases, and vernacular have a function in not only today’s society but throughout the history of language. If anything, think of it as a way of compressing ideas into more useable and less cumbersome terms for the sake of communication. As Moore’s Law dictates: every 18 months (about), the processing capability of computers doubles, some think that we should evolve our language in a similar fashion to keep pace with this phenomenon. I know I’ve rambled on and explored some tangents and I will spare you to consider me further.

  228. Mandi -  January 8, 2013 - 10:58 pm

    Let’s please banish “epic”. Everything is so “epic” now that nothing really is anymore. Who’s with me?

  229. Wrabbit -  January 8, 2013 - 6:23 pm

    This is… this is just insipid. BANNING words because they’re overused? If we were to ban all words that people think are overused, then we’d eventually have to find new ways to communicate entirely, as everyone finds certain words to be overused at one point or another.

    I also notice that most of the words on the list are used by the “right wing media” to criticize certain individuals on the “left”; the top three especially. And really, you want to ban conversation? CONVERSATION? I… you… it… you’ve dumbfounded me with that one. How is conversation overused? What do you we suggest we replace it with, bubbagibbet? Hoojy woojy?

    This is stupid. This is more than stupid. This is brainless, dazed, deficient, dense, dim, doltish, dopey, dumb, foolish, half-baked, half-witted, idiotic, ill-advised, imbecilic, inane, irrelevant, laughable, ludicrous, meaningless, mindless, moronic, naive, nonsensical, obtuse, out to lunch, pointless, senseless, shortsighted, simpleminded, thick-headed, trivial, unintelligent, unthinking, and witless. Yes, I did just copypasta from the thesaurus, what of it? You want to ban that too?

    Instead of coming up with ways to control others through what they say or trying to get a feeling of smug superiority through a more “distinguished” vocabulary, why not point people to the thesaurus so they can expand their vocabulary? Why not calmly inform them when they misuse a word and suggest a suitable replacement? Banning overused words? That’s just… puerile.

  230. Roy E. Perry -  January 8, 2013 - 6:21 pm

    Please get rid of “LOL.”

  231. Morgan -  January 8, 2013 - 6:20 pm

    YOLO, too, thanks Mary Mazz, whoever you are.

    It disgusts me. Of course you only live once!

    YOLO (ugh) means You Only Live Once

  232. Morgan -  January 8, 2013 - 6:18 pm




    I mean,…




    These are all super-used words, as in even I have used at least three of them every day of my life.

  233. Janus -  January 8, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    bah, you can’t banish a word or phrase. What does that even mean? People will still use it and personally I think the fact we keep inventing new ones proves how versatile the English language is.

  234. the watcher -  January 8, 2013 - 4:22 pm


  235. Anynomous -  January 8, 2013 - 4:21 pm

    sorry other anynomous for being a copy cat… i got the idea from a friend

  236. Anynomous -  January 8, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    OUT WITH LIKE! i hate it when people say , ” Like did you hear what happened to Mikey, He like totally got hurt!”

    This is just an example. Sorry all u mickeys out there that got hurt.


  237. ? -  January 8, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    I agree with anynomous

  238. Anynomous -  January 8, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    I think the word like should be banished. I hate it how people are always
    saying, “did you like hear what happened to mikey like to weeks ago?”
    Its is really annoying.

    This was only an example. Sorry all you mickeys out there that something happened to.


  239. Lianna -  January 8, 2013 - 4:05 pm

    I think only certain words should be banished a fourth of them are just ridiculous another fourth i have never heard of another fourth are incorrect and another fourth should be left alone words that should b banished are a swaggamuffin which was used on a tv show my younger cousin watches on disney the term is stupid and people have no idea what it means!

  240. Sara -  January 8, 2013 - 3:40 pm

    ‘um’ – seriously.

  241. Daniel B -  January 8, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Seriously people, this is very simple. “Itch” is not a verb. The word you are looking for is SCRATCH.

  242. Aquila -  January 8, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Perhaps we should not banish these, but instead promote their lesser use. Like putting, “Overused” next to each in the dictionary.

    “innumerable” in a numerable situation is usually simply hyperbole.
    That was fun to write.

  243. Elizabeth -  January 8, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    I would really like to see the words “epic” and “awesome” banished. They are overused waaay too much.

  244. john -  January 8, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    Having said that….
    What an asinine waste of blabber!

  245. Person Person -  January 8, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    We shouldn’t be focussing on these words until words such as “lol” “yolo” “omg” etc. are banned from popular use. I know this is mainly focused on the media, but it is sheer torture hearing those words used. Both Oxford dictionary and Dictionary.com recognize lol as its own word. Oxford dictionary also recognized omg not as an abbreviation but as its own word as well. This is sad.

  246. Chella Eastman -  January 8, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    Fads happen. Styles come and go. This applies to words as well as other fashions of the times. I’m no “thumper” (no doubt a term many of the devout among you would banish if you could) but the only instance I can think of in which any long lasting damage was done from mere word trendiness is the King James edition of the Bible.

    While the King James version is admittedly a far finer and more cultured piece of literature, more befitting the eyes of the “noble” classes for whom it was commissioned, this stunning piece of literature bore little resemblance to the original Greek, Aramaic or other translations over time. Add the confusion of the whole Paradise Lost thing, the regrettable Council of Nicaea and their destruction of entire books they found distasteful (and too female friendly) and we now have most of the world confusing Mary Magdalene, Yeshua bin Joseph’s* most cherished of all disciples, with a prostitute!

    *Yeshua bin Joseph is the name the man/deity Christians call “Jesus” was born with. Another translation…

  247. BillyGoat -  January 8, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    No words should be banned, but here are a few I would like to hear less frequently & only in their proper context:
    1) Alibi (used as a final point): “Before we close this meeting, I have an alibi; we will be meeting with BlabCo about a new product.”
    2) Redic (truncated version of rediculous): “Traffic was redic today.”
    3) Literally pronunced “Lit-rah-lee” (ick).

  248. Joy Holman -  January 8, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    narly, and whatchamacallit

  249. SAM -  January 8, 2013 - 12:48 pm


  250. Buck -  January 8, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    @Kyle Hoffman: Drawing a Line in the Sand
    This phrase is EXACTLY what it means. It was in use long before Bush used it. It means that the line can move, and is not permanent. It has been used to indicate a wavering quality to the one drawing it. “Draw the line” without the sand indicates that crossing said line will have consequences, while the sand version indicates the intended limit is movable.

  251. Carlene -  January 8, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    I also agree with a previous poster about the overuse of the word, “literally”
    when a statement is instead meant to be figurative. For instance, a news
    reporter once said, “green cars are ‘literally’ flying off the lot…”
    What??? … :)

  252. Carlene -  January 8, 2013 - 12:17 pm

    I’d like to suggest eliminating the phrase “road to hoe”
    and replacing it with the proper phrase “row to hoe”.
    As in “that is/was a tough row to hoe” which is
    farming term…

  253. Mark -  January 8, 2013 - 11:58 am


    As in “It is now being recognized as a watershed moment in American history. Water-whuh? Where did this term come from all of a sudden and why is everyone and their mother using it in every news article I read. Is this quasi- (Like that word too?) geological term really the best word we can come up with?

  254. Bre -  January 8, 2013 - 11:42 am

    I like the word awesome. Because its awesome. You can’t banish a trend but you can change it. If you don’t want people to use certain words than find other words. Its not that hard. Even make up a word. And say it, say it, say it. Post it, blog it whatever it takes to spread the word(Haha).

  255. Louise -  January 8, 2013 - 10:57 am

    No one has mentioned “GRAB”. The waitress says “I’ll grab that salad for you.”
    I’ll grab a nap.
    We can grab a seat near the front.
    What ever happened to get or take. I hate the word grab. It sounds so agressive and rude.

  256. John -  January 8, 2013 - 10:09 am

    “by the end of the day” is a little better, indicating something concluded. Whereas “at the end of the day” is more like a point in time.

  257. Katharine -  January 8, 2013 - 9:56 am

    “Politically Correct” makes me furious. In the 80′s, I participated in research on the use of language in the perpetuation of gender stereotypes. To say that using gender neutral words is “Politically Correct” shifts the focus to what is trendy in order to avoid making a frivolous faux pas. The expression mocks the essential lesson that language and word choice influence how we think about entire segments of the population.

  258. bramz -  January 8, 2013 - 9:44 am

    “not unless” and “irregardless”
    I want these words to banish because they’re double negatives.

  259. Bill -  January 8, 2013 - 9:35 am

    “Sooner rather than later.” What is wrong with the simple word? Soon.

  260. Eazy-Breezy -  January 8, 2013 - 9:18 am

    I think the most used word of all has got to be amazing. Nowadays, we use amazing for so many things, that we forget what it ACTUALLY means. Here are a few examples:

    Wasn’t that an amazing play.

    Romney’s wife amazed that crowd with her thoughts on the race.

    Amazingly, the man is still underwater.

    And so many more ways, that it makes my head hurt. Amazing, is supposed to really spectacular. Half the ways it is used by newscasters and many people, have absolutely nothing to do with hat it is supposed to. Besides that, who wants to here the same word thirty-eight times in one report! There are a lot of other words that could be put in besides amazing and I really wish people would just use them!!!!

  261. nate -  January 8, 2013 - 9:06 am

    these words are fine. their just normal. i really dont see whats wrong wih them. but word the should have been banished is,
    greased (as a term for somthing)
    cold as ice
    cool story bro(phrase)

    and i could keep the list going an going and going. these are the words that need to be banished. not the others

  262. MsRe -  January 8, 2013 - 8:41 am

    @svenjamin: We can ban “enthused”, just like we can ban any other word or phrase we dislike, but according to the dictionary, it IS a word (ref definition below). Now, can we ban all condescending phrases? I am tired of people posting misinformation, then calling those with different results or opinions “stupid”. :)

    [en-thooz] Show IPA verb, en·thused, en·thus·ing.

    verb (used without object)
    to be or become enthusiastic; show enthusiasm: All the neighbors enthused over the new baby.

    verb (used with object)
    to cause to become enthusiastic.


    1820–30, Americanism; back formation from enthusiasm

    Related forms
    qua·si-en·thused, adjective.

    un·en·thused, adjective.

    Usage note
    The verb enthuse is a 19th-century back formation from the noun enthusiasm. Originally an Americanism, enthuse is now standard and well established in the speech and all but the most formal writing of educated persons, in both Britain and the United States. It is used as a transitive verb meaning “to cause to become enthusiastic” ( The liveliness of the dance enthused the audience ) and as an intransitive verb meaning “to show enthusiasm” ( She enthused warmly over his performance ).

  263. K -  January 8, 2013 - 8:29 am

    I don’t know if this one counts, but “yolo” is one of the dumbest not-words that I’ve heard in 2012.

  264. Rob Robinson -  January 8, 2013 - 8:18 am

    Every time that I hear the phrase “if you will” I feel like my head is going to explode. Second is the word “hilarious”. Please make it stop!

  265. rrkumaris007 -  January 8, 2013 - 8:13 am

    Epic is used by people with no vocabulary whatsoever to describe anything from a sunset to a pizza.

  266. Mark -  January 8, 2013 - 8:07 am

    Anytime I hear any sort of idiom -3 words in length or more- in casual conversation, it irritates the crap out of me. It’s painfully obvious the person lacks any originality, and has to resort to overused phrases to say what they mean. “Read a dictionary, buddy,” I want to say. Here’s a quick list…

    It is what it is, drinking the kool aid, at the end of the day, double down on, the boiler plate, touching bases with, kick the can down the road, tipping the scales.
    (and please, if anyone has a real word to express “getting on the same page”, please let me know, I have abused the phrase when flustered and I’d like to cut that from my vocabulary, if it’s even worth calling it that)

  267. Larry Thompson -  January 8, 2013 - 7:28 am

    Get rid of the universal misuse of the reflexive pronoun “myself”. This one comes directly from talking (air)heads trying to sound erudite. God forbid they should ever use the proper objective pronoun “me”! They are pretenders and idiots.

  268. Joel -  January 8, 2013 - 6:18 am

    I don’t think we need to banish words, they do not of themselves cause the problem. The people using the words are the problem. To turn a phrase …. words don’t insult, frustrate, annoy, or slander people, people who use them do. So what we need is more “Word Police”. Someone to monitor people using words and immediately correct and reprimand them for wrong usage, over-usage, and incorrect pronunciation. Of course there are going to be the repeat offenders who blatantly misuse words; they need to go to “Word Prison” where they will not be allowed to use words. (Sign Language only). The first place to start is on all the TV news and punditry as they seem to be the most influential. Next will be the Internet and print columnists. I think after a few examples have been made the rest of the population will straighten up and use words correctly. Of course this is a “ludicrous” idea ………. arrrggghhh! There’s a word that is overused!!

  269. James -  January 8, 2013 - 5:12 am

    Someone should pass a law banning the term ‘fiscal cliff’. The metaphor to describe the effects of sequestration has be overused to the point of triteness. Of course, outlawing ‘fiscal cliff’ assumes that Congress can get its ‘act’ together to create an act.

  270. Marianne -  January 8, 2013 - 5:09 am

    I would like to banish the word “good” used as an adverb, as in the perennial response to “how are you?”, with “good”. It is just plain wrong! You should reply that you are well, or fine, but not with an adjective!

  271. Marie -  January 8, 2013 - 3:04 am

    One day, a few years ago, someone used the word ‘narrative’ instead of ‘story’. And it came to pass that every media person from the humblest to the highest started to use it too. Please let’s banish ‘narrative’ to its rightful place along with ‘journey’. As in everyone being on life’s journey instead of living in the present.

    Watch out for ‘redacted’ which has sprung from nowhere and will soon start spreading like the norovirus.

    Rant over!

  272. anne -  January 7, 2013 - 11:32 pm

    Also, when people begin by saying,”To be perfectly honest…”What were they planning to be?What were they saying before that? All lies to that point, so now have decided to be truthful?

  273. anne -  January 7, 2013 - 11:27 pm

    Hate the use of “agreeance” instead of “agreement” but mostly sick to death of “grow” used as “I’m growing my business”.AAARGH! You can grow your hair or nails but not your business! “My business is growing in leaps and bounds” makes sense.

  274. Joseph -  January 7, 2013 - 8:46 pm

    your seriously going to banish these words? who the hell even cares other than english teachers and professors. get a life.

  275. Kermit -  January 7, 2013 - 8:00 pm

    I, for one, rather enjoy the warm embrace of a “cliche.” And I refuse to live out my life in fear of linguistic landmines laid down by semi-literates. Context is everything. And I don’t think there is one hated expression mentioned here that could not be used effectively in some way or another. Having said that, I hate the word “dude.”

  276. John @ Lower Hutt -  January 7, 2013 - 7:51 pm

    mass exodus
    very unique

  277. Tam Cao -  January 7, 2013 - 7:42 pm

    I probably want to banish the word “yolo”.

  278. Mark -  January 7, 2013 - 7:37 pm

    I am sick of politicians and sloganeers suffixing their advice with “it’s that simple”. When you hear that phrase, you just know that somebody has oversimplified a complex issue!

  279. Thomas -  January 7, 2013 - 5:42 pm

    Why am I the only one pushing the boat out?

  280. Thomas -  January 7, 2013 - 5:40 pm

    Why do so many people start their response to a question with “Yeah no”?

    eg “Yeah no, I did receive her invite.”

  281. Thomas -  January 7, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Pushing the envelope.

  282. Pete Humphreys -  January 7, 2013 - 5:35 pm

    “man up”

  283. katherine -  January 7, 2013 - 5:09 pm

    what happens we banish all the words in English language

  284. Thomas -  January 7, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Seriously though, I don’t understand how the verb ‘to invite’ came into popular usage as a noun . . . “Did you get my invite?”

    What is wrong with, “Did you get my invitation?”

  285. Thomas -  January 7, 2013 - 4:31 pm

    Sorry, but I just don’t get it.

    Why do people want to banish words? Because it annoys them?

    That is just, like . . . OTT innit?

  286. Isaac Mulciber -  January 7, 2013 - 3:33 pm

    Smidgen always bothers me. (move it out just a SMIDGEN more)

  287. native iowan -  January 7, 2013 - 3:24 pm

    Using the word ‘do/did’ in a sentence, especially in a response to a question: “I do like that show.” “I did grow up in a small town.” This drives me crazy!!

  288. Ivy -  January 7, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    I don’t care if it isn’t really in the dictionary; use all means needed to demolish and utterly destroy the word “swag”. It is awful. Particularly when you’re a middle school student.


  289. BB GRL -  January 7, 2013 - 2:25 pm

    Slang terms are short lived and im sure you can think back to some of the slang terms and phrases that some of you said in high school. How about “hows you hangin’? so think back. nobody says that now. LAY OFF!!! and some of those are just texting terms. YOLO…OMG…ROTFLMFAO…used to shorten texts

  290. Cupcake Queen -  January 7, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    I also believe that “crap” should be marked as blasphemy. We say it too often and it influences younger ones to say it. A lot of my friends are forbidden to say it and I believe we all should keep from saying it.

  291. Cupcake Queen -  January 7, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    I think the word “retarded” is for one thing overused (“OMG, you’re retarded”), and misused. (“That’s retarded!”) The definition “retarded” relates to an individual who is mentally ill, so the reference is also disrespectful to those in that condition. Please eradicate it as a profane term.

  292. Peej -  January 7, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    If what you are saying is true (or, if you believe it is) then to add “truly” to the word’s or idea’s description is a blatant redundancy.

  293. Leave It -  January 7, 2013 - 12:35 pm

    I’ve been on my own personal conquest to try to banish “try and” when someone means try to, and please, please, please do not ever use “as to” again…unless there are no other options.

    “Sort of incredible” or “sort of amazing” is awkward, and when “you know” is included (beginning, middle, or end of phrase), it sounds ridiculous.

  294. °F451 -  January 7, 2013 - 11:23 am


  295. °F451 -  January 7, 2013 - 11:22 am

    simply because there are no new works, just new words defining it.

  296. Converse420 -  January 7, 2013 - 10:54 am

    I suggest that if we banish the words Christian, Muslim, politics and finance from our language, the world would be a better place!

  297. Louis Medcalf, FCSI, CCS -  January 7, 2013 - 10:45 am

    Hopefully. Always wrong at the beginning of a sentence, rarely used correctly as verb modifier.

  298. CHUCK NORRIS -  January 7, 2013 - 10:37 am


  299. Niklas Ren -  January 7, 2013 - 9:46 am

    This is the most (and only) horrifying article I’ve ever read on dictionary.com very counteractive to the great incentive of vocabulary expansion ‘to banish words’, you should be ashamed of yourselves, dictionary.
    Wrecking ball – It’s a useful word – even when used as slang

    Kick the can down the road – Who is this annoying?

    Double down – I’ll give you that one, use half as a verb instead.

    Job creators – To create/generate jobs is naturally a much used expression these days, why the opposition to the use of it?

    Passion/passionate – A lot of people have passion/are passionate (for/) about many things. Perhaps a bit overused, this is still an important word in the English language.

    Spoiler alert – This expression is a nice courtesy to those of us who read reviews about things we have yet to enjoy.

    Bucket List – Overused? Perhaps a bit, but it’s a nice and simple expression.

    Superfood – This term annoys me slightly, but only slightly.

    Guru – I’ve seen some cases of uses where ‘authority’ would be a better word, but e.g. in ‘wellness Guru’ it’s clearly used to reflect the way spirituality and physical wellbeing is merged by these Asian inspired health advisors these days; you can object to the culture but the term makes sense.
    Going forward – I’m getting tired of this one too but its banishment won’t expand anyone’s vocabulary.

    Debunking, Channeling and Skin in the game – Why would you banish these?

    Gift (as a verb) – It takes some getting used to but language has to develop, and this surely makes sense grammatically.

    Conversation – Excuse me, what?

    Slippery slope – This is an important term in logical arguments ‘slippery slope’-arguments is a very explicit term that fits well in many situation and it works as a great expression if everyone involved knows what you mean by it, as in arguments about legalizing euthanasia: ‘Going down that road might be a slippery slope’. It also reflects the way we have started to think in diagrams.

    Game changer – Another term that can be easily used to express a rather complex concept effectively, because ‘game’ is an effective metaphor for anything involving rules of any kind.

    In these comments I see much better suggestions,
    Irregardless is for example the worst expression popularized in a long time.

  300. Ryan -  January 7, 2013 - 9:25 am

    Epic and tardy. Hate em both.

  301. CharlesD -  January 7, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Rather than “banish” a word, let us just reconsider its use.

    I suggest reconsidering VACAY. This shortening of the word vacation denotes a continuation of laziness in language, probably begun by sportscasters.

    Since I have introduced sportscasters, allow me to submit a second term for reconsideration, particularly by sportscasters. I suggest replacing WITHIN (when used to specify a difference in competing team scores IDENTICAL TO the quantity following the word WITHIN. For example, when a losing team reaches a score of 50-to-40, a sportscaster will say the team with the lower score “is WITHIN ten.” In fact, that team would need a score of 9.99 or fewer points to reach a point “WITHIN ten.” They have, in fact, reached a point IDENTICAL TO ten points. Many sportscasters have solved the need to economize (and speed up) the play-by-play or commentary by saying such-and-such a team is “down ten” or “up ten.” We have no need to change the definition or convention of our words to speak more quickly (as required during live sports broadcasts).

  302. Denisse Delgado -  January 7, 2013 - 9:10 am

    Let this be known that words such as swag, yolo, awesome and epic need to just go. They are words that I am surronded by many people of my generation. As a young person I never take these terms seriously. (pherhaps “awesome” and “epic”in my younger years but that is a word that I now see i have not only outgrown but am now becoming annoyed of). I however admit to have using those two words but have come to let my vocabulary has widen . That said, I believe its time for others to allow their’s as well.

  303. Bob -  January 7, 2013 - 8:59 am

    Many of those so called WORDS are PHRASES. I’m sure many of us can agree that they are overused, but please call them what they are.

  304. SueD -  January 7, 2013 - 8:58 am

    Kick start should be removed from political jargon. It only belongs in a motorcycle shop.

  305. ed -  January 7, 2013 - 8:56 am

    Issue instead of problem. I’ve learned issue as a dispute that requires a debate for resolution. Problem doesn’t require a debate. If your car is not running correctly it doesn’t have issues, it has problems. Or better still, it’s broken.

  306. Macca -  January 7, 2013 - 8:54 am

    ‘gotten’. Is this acceptable in the US? It has started to creep into British English and just seems so unnecessary! The word ‘got’ is just fine!

    ‘It has gotten cold’. No! ‘It has got cold’ is sufficient.

  307. Greg Taylor -  January 7, 2013 - 8:54 am

    “Journey”. No experience is too trivial these days not to be called a journey. I suggest replacing it with a word or phrase more specific to the particular context, or a metaphor that describes a different experience than a geographic translocation.

  308. James Winegardner -  January 7, 2013 - 8:08 am

    I would also ban “fiscal cliff” and responsible government.

  309. Me -  January 7, 2013 - 7:59 am

    “pregnant” as in expecting a child; “Bob and Jane are pregnant.”

    Pregnancy is a physical condition. I’m fairly certain Bob won’t be on the delivery table….

  310. Olivia -  January 7, 2013 - 7:29 am

    What about cra-cra? I go to middle school and every time my friends say cra-cra instead of just saying crazy I ask them how hard it is to take half a second longer and say the whole word. Being a sixth grader and thinking back on how my friends talk now… the next generation is in trouble! Most people are going to blame one of three categories:video games, their friends, or texting. I personally blame Hannah Montana and the WHOLE disney channel operation.

  311. Mike -  January 7, 2013 - 6:27 am

    BASICALLY !!! Please help me banish this word for at least the next 10 years. Then it can be brought back as an historical footnote of ridiculous words of the past.

  312. Wordie -  January 7, 2013 - 6:08 am

    Trend (as a verb);

    Stop the madness!

  313. Kathryn -  January 7, 2013 - 5:54 am

    Banish “community”! We do not live in vauge, non-descript communities. I live in a neighborhood of a city of a county of a state of a region of a country. I am a member of a family, certain ethnic groups and a religion. All of which have specific names and characteristics that make them unique and precious. The current use of “community” is meant to blur the huge importance of our individuality.

  314. Smartarse -  January 7, 2013 - 5:37 am

    “Normalcy” is a complete bastardisation of the English language. The word is “normality.”

    …and yes, I did mean to use a “s”, not a “z”, because that’s English, not American!

    …and yes, I did mean to use “a” instead of “an” because “s” is not a vowel!

  315. Zaynab -  January 7, 2013 - 5:20 am

    I also think ‘legit’ is sooooo dumb. People use it when it’s real meaning is really no where near what legit means. Totally got to go. Better choices out there, people!

  316. Aden -  January 7, 2013 - 3:42 am


    The most loaded, misused term in the world at the moment.

  317. Joseph -  January 7, 2013 - 3:39 am

    For me “banish” doesn’t mean “eradicate”. The word “Jesus” should not be used along with some four-letter words. It should be banished from everyday use, and be only mentioned in solemn circumstances. The same should apply to “My god” as well.

  318. gleam -  January 7, 2013 - 3:22 am

    Here in Singapore, advertisers in the media are fond of (or just too plain lazy to use the correct word) using the word “spend” as a noun, e.g. “minimum spend of $100.” This misuse was pointed out by a reader in the leading English newspaper in Singapore a few months before Christmas but obviously was not read by the culprits. So please : SPEND is NOT a noun.

  319. Adam -  January 7, 2013 - 2:50 am

    My word as a suggestion to eradicate it “Fiscal Cliff” is driving me crazy.

  320. Kurt -  January 6, 2013 - 11:28 pm

    “24/7” and “that said” should be banished to purgatory. Argh!

  321. Marianne S. -  January 6, 2013 - 10:20 pm

    I don’t think that any words should be banished… I think words are AWESOME (By the way, Jane, I use this word EVERY day)

    I do think, that we need to spend MORE time educating ourselves and our children as to the PROPER diction and perhaps even spend time reading the dictonary, learning new words and giving ourselves MORE to say, vs less.

    That said, what frustrates me is when people post/talk in texting form… Instead of saying “that’s funny, or how amusing” they say “LOL” Really? I’m so tired of seeing these sentances with 3 letter words, NONE of which have vowels!!

  322. Raoul -  January 6, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    Another vote for doing away with “awesome”

  323. garrett -  January 6, 2013 - 5:40 pm

    yolo is the best word, and its an abrevation NOT A WORD its a saying

  324. John Park -  January 6, 2013 - 5:12 pm

    Going forward — what’s wrong with “in future”?
    Impact (as in “it will impact overseas trade”) — what’s wrong with “affect”? Answer: Nothing–it’s just that illiterates don’t know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
    As — used when “because” would give a clearer meaning. But of course “because” is hard to spell . . .
    Superannuants — there’s no such word, but a lot of illiterates think there is!

  325. Adam -  January 6, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    Does anyone other than me still use the word shall?
    eg. “I shall look into it”

  326. anonymous -  January 6, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    If people keep banishing words, the English language won’t be the same.These guys should reconsider.

  327. Mike -  January 6, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    “snowmageddon” must go. Also consider restricting geographic metaphors for fiscal/financial crises: “fiscal cliff” being the current irritant. “Stakeholders” could be quietly strangled.

  328. angie -  January 6, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    Inorite (I know right also written ikr)

    This is the conversation I overheard my daughter have with a friend…
    “Do yano Aid yeah?”
    “I had a convo with him today”
    “yeah, it was epic, he said he’s going up town with some random peeps and di i wanna go too”
    “OMG, how cool is that, thats way cool”

    Wanted to correct her but to be honest I hadn’t a clue where to start!

  329. Nate -  January 6, 2013 - 2:37 pm

    The word “random.” It’s used a lot among teens.

  330. Mikeztarp -  January 6, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    I think the phrase “to go viral” should be reserved for things that deserve it. Right now, any Youtube video above a million hits is said to have “gone viral”, and the phrase is loosing its meaning.

  331. Lulu -  January 6, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    ironic should be banished. It is misused too much.

  332. Lulu -  January 6, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    Ugh! What would you do if the word “the” was banished? Life would be so hard!

  333. sara McCracken -  January 6, 2013 - 11:15 am

    “at” as in where are you at? …..what is wrong with” where are you”
    “literally” is overused and abused…. like” awesome” so their previous power as words is diminished.
    “Momentarily ” used as “in a moment “rather than” for a moment.”
    When the pilot announced that the plane would take off “momentarily”,
    he was confirming my worst fears!
    “Gift” as a verb
    “ask” as a noun
    most phrases where a word will do just as well ” key learnings” instead of “lessons” I don’t want to banish the words but rather make us think about how we are using and abusing them. The English language can be very beautiful but some of the recent changes seem to celebrate ignorance rather than anything else.

  334. Maddy -  January 6, 2013 - 11:04 am

    “like” and “um”!!!!!! Those words are so irritating!!!

  335. c_hristy -  January 6, 2013 - 10:10 am

    This whole thread is depressing. I can’t believe people get upset over descriptors that clearly express an idea. Eliminating new technology-driven terms makes no sense, and it’s surprising to see people are so upset over the induction of their use. Eliminating inappropriately used words like “personable” and derivation errors like “conversate” makes sense.

  336. Eddie Bryan -  January 6, 2013 - 8:34 am

    Happen to follow a Sadguru so I would hate to see guru go except that it is misused to mean any authority on anything instead of as a holy person like a priest, nun or rabbi.

    Since any word seems up for dismissal you can take hedge fund manager with you. Gee, I didn’t know it was two words until the spell checker fixed me.

  337. janet greenow -  January 6, 2013 - 7:36 am

    Basically is the most annoying and is everywhere. Every English speaker knows the word and generally uses it as though it were obligatory in every sentence. It’s easy to use as it’s meaningless and can be bunged at the beginning, middle or end of a sentence driving the rest of us crackers. Some people use it so much they reduce the pronunciation to “base”

  338. Scribbles -  January 6, 2013 - 7:20 am

    Iconic – aaaaaaaagh!

    Pay down – what’s wrong with ‘pay’ or ‘pay off’?

    Signpost when used as a verb, eg: ‘the job centre staff signposted me to where I could get help with c.v. writing’.

  339. Leann -  January 6, 2013 - 6:33 am

    Oops; what I meant to ask: Should I put the exclamation point inside the quotation mark in the word “build”…?

  340. Leann -  January 6, 2013 - 6:31 am

    I even saw a woman’s LinkedIn profile with the word “architect” used as a verb in place of the word “build”! (Or should I put the parentheses mark inside the quotation?)

  341. Gavin -  January 6, 2013 - 5:04 am

    ‘Deconstruct’ is incorrect. If you spend any time studying Derrida’s work, you will know that deconstruction is a flaw in the system, a flaw always already in the system. Using ‘deconstruct’as a verb implies a person doing something to the system system of text. They are ‘analysing’ or ‘dissecting’. The quicker people realise this, the easier the great man’s theory will be to comprehend.

  342. Maura -  January 6, 2013 - 3:50 am

    I suggest we stop using the too-cute moms and dads and start talking about parents, mothers and fathers.

  343. Forock -  January 6, 2013 - 2:58 am

    People who say “long story short”;
    they’re not making it short.

  344. KennyT -  January 6, 2013 - 12:42 am

    CZAR – Republican-ese for any of Obama’s cabinet appointees.

  345. Tom -  January 5, 2013 - 8:43 pm

    “reach out,” “reached out,” in place of “contacted,” “phoned,” “spoke to.” And I “go ahead and” agree with Bruce, 3 posts above. I also agree with Marcia on the word “done” as in “I’m done with this project.” I remember if my dad heard one of us (7) kids saying something like, he’d say “Then get out of the oven.” “Done” means finished cooking. I also agree with Kribab’s” “irregardless,” which is the same as using a double negative.

    Many of the others I disagree with. “iconic” is a beautiful word.

  346. Lola -  January 5, 2013 - 8:33 pm

    the word CUTE

    i cannot fathom why teenage girls in particular excessively use this vague word to describe everything they see

  347. Erin dobj -  January 5, 2013 - 8:19 pm

    This is great. You don’t realize how many of us are so self important as to lecture a website on censorship and constitutional rights rather than join the fun.
    Ok, since so many are taking this way beyond what it is I will explain: the GAME is to draw attention to a word or phrase that has gone beyond popular use to the realm where it is nearly meaningless and trite.
    So, the word passion is not trite. To declare that your silly hobby of collecting thunder cups (look it up) is “your life’s passion” is trite.
    Guru is a word that means something in certain cases and usually is not trite. To declare that your mechanic is a “car guru!” is trite.
    To rally against government censorship is wise. To rally against a fun exercise and call it censorship is beyond trite.
    (And don’t pretend you’re wise enough to argue that it’s more.). It is what it is! Ha!!

  348. David -  January 5, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    IRONY. It seems that anything that has to do with anything is apparently irony now. I thought i knew how to use irony, but now after irony being related to everything and anything, I am completely lost. It’s bad enough being confused, but it’s worse to think you are wrong when others are wrong, or when others say that you are wrong, when they are wrong. Just please….stop…

  349. William Trent -  January 5, 2013 - 7:37 pm

    Hey, look at you…(when seeing someone after some time).
    In all sincerity.
    I rest my case.

    Using verbs instead of an adjective to describe a noun. (Carry bag/case).

    We all abuse our language without meaning to because we are the ‘plebs’ as that awful little man call the policeman, but when politicians use them who are supposed to be our leaders, it is unforgivable.

  350. Michael -  January 5, 2013 - 7:31 pm

    “My bad” when meant as “my mistake – my apologies”. I thought it had mercifully fallen from favour, but I still hear it used. It has the virtue of being succinct, but that’s all.

    And “action” when used as a verb eg “we need to action this”. My response is usually “there is no noun which cannot be verbed”, but the joke usually falls on deaf ears.

  351. William Trent -  January 5, 2013 - 7:24 pm

    Know what I mean?
    The thing is…
    In real terms…
    Lessons have been learned…
    Let’s put it in perspective…

    Most of these hackneyed terms and words are used constantly by government speakers, who think that we think, that they sound intelligent.

  352. mtcy -  January 5, 2013 - 6:17 pm

    Let’s make this a wake-up call to those who need to clean up their act linguistically, rather than using this as an excuse for censorship.

  353. Meee -  January 5, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    I think the real problem is the over usage of the words. And some of the people on here putting up all the ” politically incorrect.” and “oliberated” , the only reason we o rother people use words that do not need to be used is because nobody knows what all those serios words are, i beleive only sientists use those words. I’m sorry if i have offended anybody, but, for goodness sakes, lets be honest. These words most likley will not be banished, so stop all your whinning.

    Thank you very much.

  354. Ana -  January 5, 2013 - 4:13 pm

    “the awkward moment when…” should be banished its all over my wall on facebook and twitter, ppl say it too often :/

  355. Pandemo -  January 5, 2013 - 4:00 pm

    Oh, reading more of the above, I came across another usage thing:
    “to try and use” when “to try to use” is what is really meant.

  356. Pandemo -  January 5, 2013 - 3:57 pm

    return back

    If you are returning, the “back” is already included.

  357. Alan Church -  January 5, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    All of a sudden.(suddenly)and safe haven (heven).

  358. bholland -  January 5, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    I see the problem, not so much as overuse, but mis-use. I am particularly offended by the use of nouns as verbs (“I will Skype you later today.” as sent in by Rob above) or verbs as nouns (“Did you get my invite?” – one of my favorites to hate). Most of the words I’ve seen listed are legitimate – just improperly used.

  359. Erica -  January 5, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    I think the word “like” is overused. Why should it come up 5 times in a sentence of 10 words?

  360. dd -  January 5, 2013 - 10:50 am

    When did “ABSOLUTELY” become a synonym for “Yes”?

  361. charlie -  January 5, 2013 - 10:36 am

    “These ones” “Which one, these?” “No, these ones.” Is it just me or is there someone else out there that just want to strangle these people? Or should I say, “these ones.”

    ” What the heck, sit up and fly right…ayh”

  362. yes -  January 5, 2013 - 10:31 am

    Good lord stop the use/ misuse of all of these before intelligent society collapses:

    LOL (as an actual word.)
    “Shut up!” (Not in the proper sense, but as an aghast exclamation.)

  363. Cate -  January 5, 2013 - 10:03 am

    Beginning every sentence or response to questions with “So”. Words that have completely lost all meaning include; awesome, amazing, that said (and all of its forms), LOL, ballistic, race card and politically incorrect. Who are the politically correct police?

  364. EB -  January 5, 2013 - 9:56 am

    If I could banish a word, it would be the slang term, “legit.” It’s supposed to be short for “legitimately” or “legitimate” but COME ON, just say “legitimately” or “legitimate.” I hear all kinds of people saying things like:

    “I legit want to see that movie” or “he legit doesn’t get it.”

    Not only are you using the word WRONG, but you also just sound ridiculous!

  365. Ron Cronin -  January 5, 2013 - 9:43 am


  366. Ann-Louise Truschel -  January 5, 2013 - 9:00 am

    “Impact” as a verb. “… impact the system.” Impact is a NOUN!

  367. Molly -  January 5, 2013 - 8:39 am

    “Myself” when “I” or “me” works just fine!!

  368. Dicky -  January 5, 2013 - 8:24 am

    Doable and Threepeat

  369. rayfeathers -  January 5, 2013 - 7:44 am

    you know what i’m saying?

  370. Mumzie -  January 5, 2013 - 7:44 am

    Will awesome ever, ever disappear? Perhaps a behavior change strategy would work. Go ahead and say it 100 times a day, but then the next day only 99, next day 98 – you get the idea. Then, when down to one time a day, feel free to shout it in the shower or when alone in the car or whisper it in a crowd! Whadda think? Ohhh nooo, it is NOT an awesome idea!! Arrrgggh! xxxo

  371. DJ -  January 5, 2013 - 7:39 am

    i would (not “banish”, but…) try and urge as many users as possible to try and avoid terms such as *it’s user, *its a phrase, and *it’s history!

  372. Katharine -  January 5, 2013 - 7:03 am

    Although I think it my just be taking off mainstream, ill speak for all those that participate in the urban sect and say that “ratchet” should definitely be banished in 2013.

  373. moe -  January 5, 2013 - 5:25 am

    “Whatever” is meaningless, overused and abused and should be permanently banned for use.

  374. Lora -  January 5, 2013 - 4:56 am

    “Ground”, when referring to the surface one stand on inside a building.

  375. Aditya Prasanna Bhattachrya -  January 5, 2013 - 12:48 am

    I would be ever grateful if you could see to it that the word ‘holistic’ is banished once and for all. The persons judging debates always tell the speakers to have a “holistic approach” when they themselves are restricted to destructively criticizing us.

  376. Phyllis K -  January 4, 2013 - 11:09 pm

    Redundancies like “the end result.”
    Very common misuse of “fewer” and “less,” as in “Express line–10 items or less.”
    Old, but you still hear it–”my bad”–sounds idiotic.
    Flagrant misuse of nominative case–”If it weren’t for John and I, . . . ”
    Misuse of adverbs–”I felt so badly about . . . “

  377. Drew -  January 4, 2013 - 3:49 pm

    I think we are all forgetting the phrase “Like a Boss!”

  378. Kathe -  January 4, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    People who use between when they mean among make me nuts, as do those who say less when they should say to say fewer.

  379. Dan -  January 4, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    Viral (as an adverb)

  380. Cyberquill -  January 4, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Instead of a bucket list I’ll have a pail roll.

  381. Allen -  January 4, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    1. Moving forward
    2. Throw someone under the bus
    3. Using peoples’ names as plural – like the Michael Jordans of this world

  382. Jane Shelton -  January 4, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    Awesome MUST be obliterated and forced back into its cavernous, grand, infinite space until something or someone surfaces that can actually live up to its definition!

  383. Mary Mazz -  January 4, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    YOLO is the worst thing in the history of the whole universe. Personally, I believe in past lives so it’s not even true!

  384. Bruce -  January 4, 2013 - 1:20 pm

    Go ahead and…sort of/kind of…you know

    I could go ahead and kind of name some phrases that sort of drive me crazy. I could go ahead and sort of list them, you know, but kind of already have.

  385. Codie -  January 4, 2013 - 12:55 pm

    Ok. Banning conversation is stupid. I could understand convo though. And gift as a verb i think that is cool. Slippery slope is too. Debunking is a good word. Channeling and going forward are both good words. Wrecking ball is another. Bucket list is a really good word and movie. That’d be a really stupid word to ban. And passion and passionate. That is the most stupid one of all. Lots of people have passion and get passionate. How could you possibly ban those two words? Seriously. And i don’t see anything wrong with superfood. And even though i am not of the religion, Guru is a real person, so therefore i don’t see anything wrong with that word either.

  386. momlaser -  January 4, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    I think the work “authentic” is overused. Generally when I hear it, “authentic” is being said by someone who is trying to sell something and the speaker has had way too much plastic surgery to be using it.

  387. Scyphi -  January 4, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    Actually, none of these words should be banished, because the only problem most people have with a number of them is that they’re overused, and the solution to that isn’t to get rid of them, but to teach people to be more diverse and to try and use a wider variety of words. Banishing words won’t solve that problem, because then it’ll only pave the way for other, replacement, words (or phrases) to be overused and then the loop continues.

    Then there’s the smaller, background, matter that some of these words are slang words, and I’ve noticed that most people that dislike slang words in ways such as this are language purists (or the words are hurtful or discriminatory in some way, but none of these that I saw fit that) and in such instances, they’re being too narrow-minded to see the potential of slang words, which kind of “spice up” and diversify a language in a whole number of ways, and help a language to continue to evolve, develop, and be creative like it ought to. Personally, I think that English, or any language for that matter, would actually be quite boring without slang words, even if we don’t necessarily like them or don’t agree with their usage.

    Also, some of these words seem annoying and overused because they are still new enough that there aren’t many other ways to describe it. For example, and this is directed to Chris Hadden’s comment, “going viral,” while it is indeed overused, it’s overused because I know of no other term that sums up the meaning any better than that. Even Chris’s suggested alternatives, while not at all bad, are notably longer and clunkier than “going viral.” So if you think it’s overused, a better option would be to come up with a just-as-effective alternative for people to use, and try and urge as many people as you can to use it.

    And of course, I will grant there are exceptions to all of this, but even then they still fall into a fairly similar ballpark. Someone’s taken a disliking to a word, and believe that the only way to fix it is to take it out on said word and get rid of it, but I would argue that such petty actions would only limit our languages and sorely prohibit them of their freedom to change and evolve, which a language has just as much right to do as any human being, and, historically, can’t really be prevented anyway. English is the supreme example of this (research it’s history to see what I’m talking about).

    But in short, banishing these words will gain you all nothing.

    Just my two bits.

  388. Brian -  January 4, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    “pieces parts” has to go, particularly when accompanied with a visual by it’s user.

    “pieces parts” in of itself is bad enough….ok, toss “in of itself” as well…

    When horrible words or terms are enhanced with physical nuance, it becomes doubly disturbing.

    A former collegue would use the term “pieces parts” to describe when a project was almost complete, but needed more substance..When he used the term, he would raise both arms in the air and twist his hands on imaginary knobs to illustrate the act of fixing, or tuning.

    “What we have so far is really good, but it needs a little tweaking…We have the pieces parts in place (knob turning) and with a couple of minor tweaks, I think we’ll really have something..”

    How nice it would be if the people who use these words and phrases could go away too…

  389. minnie -  January 4, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    And the entire comments section here looks to me like a bunch of hipsters who think they’re on a much higher level intellectually and linguistically than everyone else, when you all probably misuse words every now and then too. Myself included.

  390. Erik Boesen -  January 4, 2013 - 11:59 am

    also it’s all good” and “life is good”.

  391. Erik Boesen -  January 4, 2013 - 11:57 am

    “rad” as in anything that isnt REALLY, EXTREMELY great
    “awesome”, same as above.

  392. minnie -  January 4, 2013 - 11:57 am

    I don’t think it’s fair to banish any word simply because of misuse. If we’re going to banish anything, however, I wish silly teenage girls would stop using “like” and “um” in between every other word when they speak. It’s disgusting. I also think “literally” and “epic” are horribly misused. For example, “This shirt is literally the greatest gift I will ever receive; it’s so epic.”

  393. Lisa B -  January 4, 2013 - 11:14 am

    I cringe every time I hear a newscaster say, “Take a listen,” regardless of whether they are cutting to a video or audio sequence. There are offenders in all of the major television and cable network programs. Take a listen? Please!

  394. Marcia -  January 4, 2013 - 11:07 am

    “done” as in “They are done with the project”, or “When you are done with your papers,….”. Don’t know why that grates on my nerves. I’d replace it with “finished”.
    “last nerve” as in “You are standing on my last nerve.” I use it all the time.
    Starting every sentence with “So” or making a sentence of it, as in “So. The properties of psychosis are…blah, blah, yada, yada”.
    Blah, blah, yada, yada.

    And, the very worst word of all time is “AWESOME!”

  395. Lynn -  January 4, 2013 - 10:53 am

    I’d love to banish the phrase, “It is what it is.” Might as well tell someone to shut up and stop whining.

    But “spoiler alert?” Why? When I’m reading a book or movie review I depend on that warning to prevent me from reading something that gives away a major plot line or, worse, the ending. It infuriates me when I’m on Amazon, for example, reading a book review trying to decide if I should get the book and someone just blurts out the ending without giving me a warning. What are we supposed to use instead? On a mystery review, should you write, “Stop reading if you don’t want to know who the murderer is?” “Spoiler alert” is short and to the point, it grabs my attention and I stop reading. Oh well. I guess it is what it is.

  396. Ian B Fernander -  January 4, 2013 - 10:26 am

    “somewhat like”

    to be replaced by:


  397. Arlene -  January 4, 2013 - 9:58 am

    at the end of the day
    the bottom line

    these are the most annoying ones that should be included in the list

  398. Kathleen Mc Kenna-Cooper -  January 4, 2013 - 9:39 am

    I have ALWAYS loathed the word “tweak”, as in “We will need to tweak this report.

  399. Pierce Brennan -  January 4, 2013 - 9:03 am

    it is what it is
    eponymous (used incorrectly, which it usually is)
    jealous (for envious)

  400. svenjamin -  January 4, 2013 - 8:52 am

    ENTHUSED is not a word. Anyone who uses it should be corrected, ridiculed and warned of a strict punishment if he/she utters the word again.

  401. yodar -  January 4, 2013 - 8:10 am

    Banish “ask” as a noun, as used in business all the time. “That’s an ask from the Communication department.”

    Banish “key learnings”. When did the word “lessons” ever fail us?

  402. LKH -  January 4, 2013 - 7:47 am

    I suibmit the word Issues.

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  405. Kyle Hoffman -  January 4, 2013 - 7:05 am

    The phrase I am thoroughly sick of is “draw(ing) a line in the sand.” It’s fine to draw the line somewhere, but “in the sand” has become a permanent part of the phrase for far too many people — in daily conversation and in public discourse. As far as I can recall, the sandy bit came into wide (if not original) use when the first Pres. Bush drew a metaphoric line in the desert of Kuwait when that country was invaded by Iraq 20+ years ago. Since then, people have been drawing lines in the sands of budget negotiations, gun control, union negotiations, student discipline, and spousal misbehavior — situations where no sand, metaphoric or real, is involved. And if we think about the literal act of drawing lines in the sand, we have to recognize that such lines are by definition very impermanent — they are washed away by wind or tide. So if you want to take a firm stand on an issue, shifting sand is not the place to do it. Draw the imaginary line someplace that makes metaphoric sense.

  406. S. Jones -  January 4, 2013 - 6:04 am

    Evidence when used as a verb

  407. Carry -  January 4, 2013 - 5:45 am


  408. Barbara Belyeu-Allen -  January 4, 2013 - 5:38 am

    high five
    down low

  409. Keith -  January 4, 2013 - 5:36 am

    At the end of the day.

    Its a phrase, I know, but it has to GO!!!

  410. C. Fisher -  January 4, 2013 - 4:36 am

    That being said…

  411. Shrapnel -  January 4, 2013 - 3:15 am

    Oh, and you mustn’t forget “swag”.

  412. Shrapnel -  January 4, 2013 - 2:00 am

    I loathe the words “left-wing” or “right-wing”, as they are words designed to separate and alienate people. We are all human, we all occupy this Earth and we all need to work together. Using these words is allowing excuses for behaviour and supporting ignorance against certain “ideals”. If someone has a valid point, their ideologies are irrelevant.

    My two cents, I added.

  413. Catherine -  January 3, 2013 - 11:31 pm

    “Literally” or “basically”. People use both for emphasis and, in worst cases, as replacements for “uh” and “um”. So you get conversations that sound like this: “So the new episode of soap opera XYZ is basically about a guy who is literally a pop idol in disguise! And he is basically just a regular guy with a super cool alter-ego.” I’d suggest people either use “essentially” and the like or not use the words at all.

  414. Donnie -  January 3, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    at the end of the day

    drinking the cool-aid

    it is what it is

  415. rayfeathers -  January 3, 2013 - 6:40 pm

    under the radar

  416. Mimi -  January 3, 2013 - 6:02 pm

    Replace “gone missing” with “disappeared.” Another silly attempt to make American English sound “better” by adopting silly British usage. Use “epicenter” where it belongs, in science; otherwise, “center” is appropriate. More syllables don’t make for more intelligent vocabulary.

  417. KRIBABE -  January 3, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    politcally correct – I mentioned it earlier but did not say why I want it banned…The American Constitution states we have the right to free speech…which includes being politically INCORRECT!

  418. KRIBABE -  January 3, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    irregardless–I HATTTTTE that word, like fingernails on a chalkborad to me…It is a double negative and always the people that use it think they are talking so intellectually!!! The dictionary says people may use it for emphasis…It does not sound emphatic to me but just plain STUPID!!

  419. KRIBABE -  January 3, 2013 - 4:57 pm

    politically correct

  420. Waldo -  January 3, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    narly and radical , i cant stand those words

  421. copytalker -  January 3, 2013 - 4:18 pm

    I’d banish banish, then next year we couldn’t ______ anything.

  422. Allan Lee -  January 3, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    I would have to add “iconic”, which is perhaps the most over used word of the year (after awesome).

  423. bab -  January 3, 2013 - 3:49 pm


  424. Ray -  January 3, 2013 - 2:55 pm


    Game Changer is necessary to my youtube science/education article on the Mars Zoo (30 images from NASA showing everything from sand flea hatchlings, to fish and eels, mammals, dinosaurs biggies, and humans)–as in “This is a paradigm shift for NASA missioning, a game changer for astrobiology…”. (There’s a bit of necessary ‘resizing’ pun, in that word…)

    Also, eliminating ‘debunking’ is a case of trying to control thoughts about what is necessarily necessary–there’s more to come and it(‘)s worse(r)…

    Is an Ort Cloud anything related to the Oort Cloud…?

  425. Andrew -  January 3, 2013 - 2:41 pm

    If you’re not advocating censorship, Hot Word, then what exactly do you mean by “banish”? The words on your list are not up for removal from the dictionary because they are obsolete. The exact opposite, actually: they are words and phrases coming into more common usage because they reflect current social phenomena. They are indeed useful.

    But if by “banish” you mean “stop using these words because they are annoying”, you’re still essentially judging other people negatively on pure opinion. It’s funny, actually, that this seems to have been begun by a university at Lake Superior, because creating a list like this is definitely an act of (imagined) linguistic superiority.

    Fortunately, “Words to Banish” lists do two things right: they bring a bunch of popular vernacular into one place and define them for anyone who doesn’t know what they mean (much like… a dictionary!), and they are, when written well, pretty funny.

  426. Rob -  January 3, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    I would also like to banish “Skype” as a verb, as in “I will Skype you later today.”

  427. Chris Hadden -  January 3, 2013 - 2:12 pm

    Banish (please!!) the expression “Gone viral”. It’s so nauseatingly trite and just generally overused. Replace it with “Being viewed frequently”. Maybe even, “Receiving a lot of hits.”

    Get rid of, “Have a good one!” Go back to, “Have a good day.”

  428. Michael Hall -  January 3, 2013 - 1:09 pm

    We must erradicate “efforting” by whatever means necessary. It is wrong and broken in so many, many ways. Please help.

  429. Richard Daniels -  January 3, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    If every there was a hackneyed expression it was ” at the end of the day”. Please stop its use.

  430. laura -  January 3, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    i think these words should not be banished. the people who suggested to banish them in the first place must not have realized how many times they use the words.

  431. Grant -  January 3, 2013 - 11:53 am

    granular (‘need to look at the specifics on the granular level’)
    foot print (of anything other than a foot or architectural plans)
    reach out (OK, I’ll reach out to Susie and see if she needs anything)
    innumerable (when actually, it’s something that could be counted)


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