The Words You Want to Banish in 2012

banished words of 2012, swag, sustainable, random, nightmare, trollLast week, we discussed the suggested list of Banished Words for 2012, a list of words developed by a former journalist at Lake Superior State University in Michigan of words that were misused, overused, and abused in 2011 that should not be used in 2012.

This list is 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 of discussion of when words are removed from the dictionary here.)

Many of you also understood where the impetus of the list was coming from and suggested words to add. The most popular addition by far was the word “epic.” As Preston pointed out, the word “epic” originally referred to epic poems, from the Greek word epikos meaning “word or story.” Epic was on the banished word list for last year 2011, but the word obviously wasn’t banished well enough as frustration with it continues.

Many other proposed additions have been banished in past years, including: like (1997), LOL (2004), random (2008), brand (2004) and not so much (2009). One word “basically” has appeared on lists three separate years in 1984, 1986, and 1993.

Some of our favorite suggestions for additions are:
Ask (as a noun)
Not gonna lie
At this point in time
That’s what she said
Channel your inner _______
I know, right?
Trend (verb)
All options are on the table
Bucket list
No worries
No problem

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

Analysis refutes hepatitis B vaccine, RA link.(Infectious Diseases)(rheumatoid arthritis)

Family Practice News July 1, 2007 | Tucker, Miriam E.

BALTIMORE — The hepatitis B vaccine does not appear to be associated with an increased risk for rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Roger P. Baxter and his associates reported at a vaccine research conference sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Both acute and chronic arthropathies have been reported in adults vaccinated with the tetanus-diphtheria (Td), hepatitis B (HepB), and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccines. However, most of the evidence to support or refute a causal relationship between the Td or HepB vaccine and chronic arthritis has come from isolated case reports, uncontrolled observational studies, or studies that lacked sufficient statistical power, said Dr. Baxter, associate director of the Vaccine Study Center at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif., and his associates.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A case-control analysis designed to overcome the shortcomings of the previous studies included a cohort of continuous enrollees in Northern California Kaiser Permanente’s health plan from Jan. 1, 1995, through Dec. 31, 1999, who were aged 15-59 years during Jan. 1, 1997-Dec. 31, 1999. Individuals who had made clinic visits for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other inflammatory conditions prior to their follow-up start date were excluded. see here hepatitis b vaccine

A total of 416 incident cases of RA were identified (based on definitive diagnosis at the time or subsequent assessment by a rheumatologist), and each was matched with three controls based on age and the number of clinic visits made during the year prior to the onset date. Rates of hepatitis B vaccination among the RA patients were compared with those of controls, with adjustment for sex, age, and exact number of clinic visits. Similar comparisons were made for the tetanus and influenza vaccines.

No statistically significant risk of RA was found for any of the three vaccines. Only 1% of RA patients versus 0.6% of controls had been exposed to the hepatitis B vaccine within 1-90 days of onset of RA symptoms; for an adjusted odds ratio of 1.48.

Within 1-180 days, the percentages were 1.9% with RA versus 0.9% of controls, giving a still insignificant odds ratio of 2.01. Within I year, 2.4% of RA cases and 1.6% of controls had been exposed to the vaccine, again insignificant at 1.42.

In all, only 10 of the 416 RA patients had received the HepB vaccine within 1 year of symptom onset, suggesting that “If there is an association, these data would imply that hepatitis B vaccine would only contribute to a small minority of cases,” Dr. Baxter and his associates said in their poster.

Results for the other two vaccines were also not significant, with adjusted odds ratios of 0.77-1.06 for tetanus and 0.66-1.11 for influenza.

Health care utilization was higher among those with RA, which was a slight confounder in this study despite the attempt to control for number of visits: Even after adjustment, there was still a significant residual effect for number of visits, with an odds ratio of 1.15. this web site hepatitis b vaccine

“Basically, people who get vaccines of all kinds are different from those who don’t, and underlying differences may confound the relationship with things like RA. We try to control for these factors by matching and analyses, but still we think there are differences…. People who have RA are more likely to be higher utilizers and also more likely to have gotten vaccines than people who don’t utilize the system as much,” Dr. Baxter said in a follow-up interview.

However, he added, although the difference in utilization was statistically significant, it probably wasn’t that different clinically. “We thought initially this was an important confounder. But in the end we found that although they were different, in reality we could adjust for the vast majority of the difference.” BY MIRIAM E. TUCKER Senior Writer Tucker, Miriam E.


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  3. Michael -  May 5, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    The American people are the worst destroyers of the proper use of the English language .So many improper venaculars spoken in this country.

  4. Mike -  January 31, 2013 - 11:38 am

    The Number One overused word in the world is the word, “Basicially”. I cannot stand hearing it over and over and over everyday.You know, you know what i mean, you know.People here do not know the proper English language very well.
    It is like ending the sentence with a preposition.( I.E. “where are you AT? instead of “where are you?) I was an English Major in school.

  5. danny -  December 31, 2012 - 8:45 am

    “We have to leave it there,” as in CNN, lazy journalism.

  6. Donald Jackson -  December 17, 2012 - 9:52 am

    “Fiscal Cliff” and “Horrific”.

  7. Azle Beckner -  December 16, 2012 - 12:57 pm

    “Zen” is being misused frequently. It originates in Japan from the Chinese for meditation,”Chan” a school of Buddism. It is used by everyone to mean limitless.

  8. GRANT -  November 14, 2012 - 7:04 am

    pet word peeves / phrases:
    I “NEED” you to do this~~~ (should be I WANT or WOULD LIKE, etc.)
    Nu~CU~lar instead of NU~CLE~AR.
    RE~LA~TOR instead of RE~AL~TOR
    Back in “the day”~~WHAT day??
    “MY BAD”??? What the hell does that mean?? My bad knee? Memory? “My error” or My mistake don’t sound so IGNORANT!!
    Such~and~such SUCKS!!?? Only if it has lips or a vacuum tube attached~~
    Saints preserve our English language from going straight to hell courtesy of ignoramus infestations and TEXTLISH!!!

  9. EA Robinson -  October 31, 2012 - 3:23 am

    Ban “basically”.

    The current office mate uses the word at least 43 times a day.
    We count now… making hash marks on our cell walls, I mean our cubbies walls. Please ban it. Make it illegal to use. Please.

  10. mary bullard -  September 21, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    the words that should be banished are Awesome,not everything is awesome, and the word issues used instead of the word problem or concern

  11. JimboNJ -  August 28, 2012 - 9:54 am

    Temblor. Blaze. Bruin. Three of THE most annoying words used by the news media, especially the print media. Who talks like that?

  12. Paintbox -  July 16, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    YOLO, that means ‘you only live once’… Seems to be used very often now a days.

  13. ira -  June 13, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    Haha I’m really amused by the fact that “like” was banished in my birth year… It ended up being a word that I use and abuse so often that even I am getting annoyed by myself.

  14. erk -  June 8, 2012 - 2:47 pm


  15. Stella -  May 30, 2012 - 2:54 am

    Keep the word troll!

  16. mary torres :)2gud4u:) -  May 24, 2012 - 9:19 pm

    heyyy how are yall donig latly?

  17. Lucarleigho -  May 11, 2012 - 2:42 pm

    @ i’m a troll
    Right on, Troll! You are clearly picking up what im putting down.

  18. Lizzy -  May 7, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    just saying

  19. Looney -  April 1, 2012 - 10:27 am

    @ Brangelia: “No offense, but reading these comments literally made me lol. I basically agree with, like, some of them. And it’s a pretty legit article at the end of the day. But “bucket list”? Seriously? Random much? It’s not an EPIC fail, per se, but it is a fail. Just sayin’. I mean, I typically wouldn’t say that “bucket list” has really impacted my life, or whatever. It just is what it is, no worries.
    Moving forward, I don’t think “swag” should be banned either, you know? But I could be wrong about that one, and if so, my bad. The ironical part is that I’m technically wrong about literally everything that I ever say. Story of my life. Good times, good times. Moist.”

    I literally just peed myself from laughing so hard. You are awesome…

  20. Steve -  March 9, 2012 - 3:57 am

    “Going forward” has to be THE most overused, completely useless, expression, and it seems everyone’s all doing it.
    One of the worst offenders is BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, presenters, correspondents and politicians alike.
    They should just listen to themselves.
    (Oh, that’s it. They don’t because they love the sound of their own voices too much!)

  21. LitlCommentator -  March 7, 2012 - 2:49 am

    What about…..


  22. Tonya -  March 5, 2012 - 1:52 pm

    I know, right?
    Dat (instead of “that”) Dese, Dem…you get the idea. Seriously.

  23. Sariah -  March 5, 2012 - 11:22 am

    Armpit. I think the word should be completely erased from the dictionary as well as conversation in general.

  24. swag -  March 3, 2012 - 3:39 pm

    also i think its very annoying when people type weird or say thing like “goin ta get mahh herrr done wiff mahh momma” TALK RIGHT!! >( its not word that need to be banned but spelled right and spoken right

  25. swag -  March 3, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    i recently started saying swag a lot (only when i think people got swag) :P
    Anyway, i think its funny that “that’s what she said” was on the list. My friends and i got in trouble for saying it in class, so we came up with something new that surprisingly the teachers didnt mind. We now say “tis’ what she spoke” (we came up with it while studying shakespere) i personally dont really find words annoying other than when people say “thats retarded” or “thats gay” or any use of the word “fag”

  26. Samantha -  March 2, 2012 - 7:15 am

    I would chose
    YOLO (you only live once)
    cool story bro

  27. Seamus Pook -  February 16, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    I HATE ginormous. Luckily my son hates stupid words,too, and he is only 8.However, it speaks for my parenting that his favorite word is “fugly.” How horrid is that?

  28. fgadeth -  February 15, 2012 - 10:36 pm

    lol gtg

  29. Zero -  February 10, 2012 - 4:37 pm

    Words that are annoying(to me, anyway):
    “Meep.” That’s not even a word!
    “Derp.” Same as above.
    “Like.” Like,you need to like, shut up.
    “Annoying” (when used in the wrong context, it gets ANNOYING)
    “Bruh.” Not a word, people!
    “Dude.” Even though I use it almost everyday, it’s incorrect to call a girl “dude”, which basically means “male”.

  30. emma -  February 1, 2012 - 1:50 pm

    also la la land

  31. emma -  February 1, 2012 - 1:48 pm

    no offense, but …

  32. CantBelieveImSayingThis! -  January 25, 2012 - 6:26 am

    Wow The Words That i Need To Banish From My vocab Is bad Words……

  33. VL -  January 25, 2012 - 4:06 am

    Aggressive (esp. as used in a business context).

  34. Whovian -  January 24, 2012 - 1:10 pm

    We should banish gay as a way of describing something we don’t like or retarded being used like that. It really irritates a lot of people. It’s so rude. Also, get rid of combining names of couples. I’m someone who loves romance, and that just ruins it! At least it is not being used as much now, but it irritates me! Brangeleina or whatever?! WHAT?! WHY!? And yes, I do understand what it is. Yes, no offense should be banned. Try not to say something offensive! If you really can’t hold it in, don’t say, “no offense,” everyone says that, it doesn’t sound like you mean it.

  35. Lucarleigho -  January 23, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    do any of you simple minded xenophobes have any idea what a meme is? if you dont, look it up. (its not a word according to dictionary.com. dont bother with looking it up here.)
    i cant believe you people are still at this. maybe instead of banishing words, we should learn to accept the diversity of multiple words and changing definitions. it has already been said that the english language is an evolving language that has already gone through many changes. this is just another phase. dont hate the player, hate the haters! because haters gonna hate TROLL! XD

  36. Julia Jepps -  January 23, 2012 - 3:47 am

    Top of my list to be sent into a black hole:

    1) Awesome
    2) Random
    3) At this moment in time….
    4) Folk (instead of people)
    5) At the end of the day
    6) Basically
    7) You guys (used by TV presenters a lot!)
    8) Issues (as in “He’s got issues”)

  37. Judy Burke -  January 22, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    I’m sick of:
    “MY BAD”
    That is just a few…:)

  38. :) -  January 21, 2012 - 10:56 am

    “No offense” should be banned. People say that and then say something offensive anyway.
    Also, “go green” makes me so annoyed.

  39. Luhan -  January 20, 2012 - 8:07 am

    I am tired of hearing ” A WIN-WIN SITUATION” and ” MOVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL”

  40. Cara -  January 19, 2012 - 6:35 pm

    Woah, these are suggestions for removal? I am pretty sure “All options are on the table” is not in the dictionary to be banished from. No word should ever be banished. Language evolution is crucial.

  41. Cara -  January 19, 2012 - 6:28 pm

    A lot of these suggestions are embarrassing! Like? Nightmare? Actually? Could someone please answer me this- Why do people make suggestions for phrases? Is it not enough to understand each word, and use your brain to figure the meaning? I am sometimes ashamed to state I am a human, like these weirdos that suggest “no problem.”

  42. OLH064 -  January 19, 2012 - 1:45 pm

    Bandwidth would be replaced with bitrate, but why hipster? They’re people, too.

  43. Monster -  January 19, 2012 - 9:05 am

    Having bandwidth on the list tells us that the people responsible for the list don’t really understand what it means.

    The only alternatives would be describe how big the tubes or dump-trucks are.

  44. That guy -  January 19, 2012 - 6:23 am

    We should probably just ban all words. All of them. Every single one. We could just use ASL (American Sign Language). That would be cool. No one would be…….uhm……angered by that, ya know? I think that’d be pretty legit. Irregardless, BAN THEM ALL!!!! No more speech!!

    All hail Big Brother!!!!

  45. SDARTIST -  January 18, 2012 - 7:58 pm

    Peeps in my spanish class keep saying “dup” then pulling their hand away and saying “shame”.
    So annoying!! But sometimes funny!:)

  46. name -  January 18, 2012 - 5:10 pm


  47. John -  January 18, 2012 - 11:44 am

    “it is what it is”
    I heard Bill Belichick say this years ago, I know he was not the first but everyone now says it and it has gone from “that does not make any sense” to “that is very annoying and your name is not Bill Belichick!”

  48. John -  January 18, 2012 - 11:40 am

    the phrase “it is what its is” uttered by anyone who this planet besides Bill Belichick

  49. Jeanna -  January 17, 2012 - 11:20 am

    @alex- Query: How many people do you know, or have commented on this blog, that claim to be English majors? I personally have only seen a few comments where the writer stated that he or she is an English major.
    And to so many of the rest of you (notice I did not say all or most of you, as the group I am speaking to now is neither all nor most, but a great deal of the rest of the group)- If you do not like the way certain words are being used, feel free to speak up about it. If you do not like how some people seem uptight about not liking certain words, go ahead and talk. But please, be civil about it. We or you are not idiots, we or you are not morons, we or you do not need to be described with derogatory remarks, for having and sharing opinions.
    (Note: when I say “we or you,” I mean either we, I am including myself in your group, or you, I am not a part of your group, depending on your take on the subject.)

  50. Black Aria -  January 17, 2012 - 6:28 am

    Man-cave, soooo derogatory!!

  51. John -  January 16, 2012 - 12:42 pm


    this word is used way too much by boring types in Corporate America

    as soon as I hear this word I daydream about having some “robust” coffee to keep me awake as this person drones on…

  52. John -  January 16, 2012 - 12:39 pm

    the word “robust” being used by boring Corpoate America empty suits

  53. Clark -  January 16, 2012 - 8:38 am

    “Alls”, as in alls that I want, or alls that I need, etc. I suppose that since the word all suggests more than one item, some people just assume that it must be pluralized… duh.

    Equally annoying to me is the misuse of the word “acrosst” or “acrossed”, instead of the proper word “across”. C’mon people, where the hell are you getting the ‘t’ or the “ed” from?

  54. Don Kowitt -  January 16, 2012 - 3:46 am

    “In this economy”, re-gift, “Your Mom”, “Your face”

  55. Timothy Freegard -  January 16, 2012 - 12:02 am

    “Thank You” is alright “Thank You so much.” is not.
    Thank you so much usually comes accross as disingenouos;
    over the top; syrupy; sweetly ridiculous.
    Few sound genuine when they say
    this–the ones who mean it and there
    are not that many. STOP IT!!! And it is
    pervasive; it is everywhere, meaning that it is not
    genuine, people are merely parroting each other.

  56. Grammar Nazi -  January 15, 2012 - 11:42 pm

    There are a lot of words in the English language that we have abused. “Fail” must go. “Epic” must go. “Really” needs to go. “I mean” and “you know” should probably be cut.
    However, “LMFAO” should never have been allowed in. The band is awful, and the acronym is just not true. “Sexy and I Know It” has to be the most mind-numbing piece of crap my ears have had forced into them in the form of sound waves, and I’ve sen the obesity statistics – we’re not laughing anything off.

  57. Amelia Rickard -  January 15, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    I submit “omnom,” or the alternate “om-nom,” used as substitution for the word “eat.”

  58. wrath -  January 15, 2012 - 7:12 pm

    The slang words people often use and more likely they consider it as the real word.

  59. Ivan -  January 15, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    N homo

  60. HanTheBan36 -  January 15, 2012 - 6:55 pm

    The person who wrote this artice has a HUGE sense of humor. =)

  61. herdzcatz -  January 15, 2012 - 6:37 pm

    GOING GREEN! It’s “catchy cliche”-ishness and “look at me–I’m trendy” implication is just offensive.

  62. Niin J -  January 15, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot “No offense” and “irregardless”. “Irregardless” is just a stupid word. It’s regardless! The negative element “-ir” does not need to be there because of the “-less”. I hate it when people use that word! The “No offense” thing also pisses me off. People always use it before saying something extremely offensive, and the fact that someone adds that before saying something mean is stupid. It does not change the fact that it is rude and it will hurt someone’s feelings. One other word I hate is “You know?” –No, I don’t know. Please explain people!

  63. Verne T. Kelling -  January 15, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    An currently overused phrase, by copycats, is “kick the can down the road”; politicians are guilty ones saying it.

  64. cintagli -  January 15, 2012 - 5:48 pm

    Carbon Footprint
    (who gets this anyway…all those calculations…boring!)

  65. Ray -  January 15, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    I’d rather have words more definitively defined, to expand the language: e.g.

    1. flammable (can ignite: to external flames) v. inflammable (internal flames)

    2. regardless (not regarding) vs. irregardless (regarding but nevertheless…)

    3. to (all the way) vs. unto (to but not all the way)

    4. -ible v. -able, (passive vs. active)

    5. editor (official in-charge) v. editer (a program/bot/worker that-who edits)

    6. etymology back to sumero-egyptian roots (before, greco-roman).

  66. slayed -  January 15, 2012 - 5:11 pm

    “at this juncture”

  67. slayed -  January 15, 2012 - 5:10 pm

    “Ax” instead of the word “Ask”
    “So” when used to begin a sentence and pronounced SEWWWWWW.

  68. Laca Smith -  January 15, 2012 - 5:08 pm

    Huh, Uh-Uh, Uh-Hu, and sexy.

  69. abraham -  January 15, 2012 - 4:30 pm

    “fair share” & “energy independence” — WAAAAAAYYYYYYY OVER USED BY OBAMA

    “my bad”


    “…on acid”

    “another day, another dollar”

    “same ole”

    “working hard or hardly working”

    “I don’t know nothing” DOUBLE NEGATIVE = A POSITIVE

  70. OwlSpirit -  January 15, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    It amazes me that everyone wants to ban all of these words, but not one single person wants to ban any curse words. I’m all for banning the ” f ” word. It is used too frequently and has become a noun, verb, adjective, adverb and who knows what else. Even words on George Carlin’s original list of “7 words that you can’t say on TV” is becoming obsolete as some of those words are now allowed on TV. I figure it won’t be too long before we will be hearing all of them on our TVs. It won’t matter if I change the channel, it will be on all of them. In my opinion, a person who relies heavily on curse words is only showing their ignorance of their language skills. Curse words are meant to add shock value. There isn’t any shock value if curse words are used all of the time. It just becomes annoying. Anyway, another word that bothers me is bro pronounced the surfer way as bra. It just sounds all wrong and should be disposed of as soon as possible.

  71. r -  January 15, 2012 - 3:50 pm


  72. maria -  January 15, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    1. “Fail” used as a noun. It is a verb. “Failure” is the noun.
    2. “Irregardless.”
    3. “No offense.” I hate that one. If they say it, they have said something that is obviously intended to be offensive.

  73. stayingfocused -  January 15, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    Does anyone hate the phrase “that said” as in, “Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican candidate for 2012. That said, he hasn’t garnered the enthusiasm of the Christian Right.”

  74. Selaina -  January 15, 2012 - 1:33 pm

    I agree with the first comment regarding political correctness. I vote the phrase/word political correct be banished, exiled, or even beheaded. Just get it out of the American vernacular!

  75. may -  January 15, 2012 - 1:20 pm

    “epic” (unless talking about something that’s actually epic- battle, poem, etc. etc.) or ” fail” (as a noun)

  76. ToffeePopp -  January 15, 2012 - 1:20 pm

    Literally. People very rarely use ‘literally’ correctly and are often speaking figuratively. e.g. “I’m literally, like, freezing”. So very irritating.

  77. Cesura -  January 15, 2012 - 12:46 pm

    “Like, Legit!”
    OMG! Legit is the most OVERUSED word at my school!

  78. Mr.Dan -  January 15, 2012 - 12:32 pm

    The word ‘uber’ makes me vomit. You’re not German.

    And if you are German, speak your whole language or none of it at all.

  79. Leslie -  January 15, 2012 - 12:25 pm

    When people say “Am I going to….blah blah blah and then answer their own question…” arrrghhhghh

    “clearly”—-when it is far from clear

    “Sure”—-to agree with or patronize!!!!!!

    (By the way, I love your service–fantastic, learn every day thank you!)

  80. yellow -  January 15, 2012 - 12:24 pm


  81. J. Rivera -  January 15, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    “In a minute…” meaning in a long time. (stupidest phrase ever!)
    “Shake My Head” (No need to say it, just do it)

  82. Sgdshgsdfh -  January 15, 2012 - 12:19 pm

    Curse words. They’ve lost all meaning.

  83. Otaku -  January 15, 2012 - 12:06 pm

    Like. In the middle of a sentence. WT… “This girl was, like, ten feet tall!”

    Um/er/uh in the middle of a sentence. “The thing was… uhhh/errr/ummm… cool!”

    So, yeah… ending a sentence. “That’s the end of my report. Soo….. yeah. Any questions.”


  84. Avid Reader -  January 15, 2012 - 11:57 am

    Get rid of it…
    Erase people’s memories, make it illegal, whatever; just make it go away

  85. S. -  January 15, 2012 - 11:47 am

    EPIC and FAIL and RANDOM
    enough said.

  86. the purpletoaster -  January 15, 2012 - 11:32 am

    I have seen many people, out of their ignorance, misuse the word ignorant. I find that extremely annoying.

  87. jack -  January 15, 2012 - 11:26 am

    reem :/ should be eradicated

    and “thats bear good” hate it !

  88. Jose Holguin -  January 15, 2012 - 11:03 am

    No offense.

  89. John -  January 15, 2012 - 10:12 am

    “Hear, hear !” – unless your writing of the good old days of merry.

  90. Kris -  January 15, 2012 - 9:57 am

    “U Mad Bro” or “Cool Story Bro”

  91. George Adams -  January 15, 2012 - 9:35 am

    The 17th-century verb endings “-(e)st” and “-(e)th”, as well as the forms of the pronoun “thou”. More often than not, when they’re used, they’re used wrong. Just this week, I saw a newspaper article headed “Icemen cometh”–plural subject, singular verb.

  92. miles099 -  January 15, 2012 - 9:35 am

    It’s funny because “fail” isn’t on the list…

  93. Elly -  January 15, 2012 - 9:32 am

    “I don’t want to offend you but…”

  94. Joe Pool Cleaner -  January 15, 2012 - 9:25 am

    @T Jennifer Strong:

    ‘Nother’ is a word. Dictionary.com. Look it up.


    ““Supposably” (instead of “Supposedly”) – “supposed” (an adjective) and “suppose” (a verb) are two different words, and should be treated as such!”

    Sean, Sean, Sean. Supposably sounds incorrect but it is a word. Supposedly can be used interchangeably with supposably. I can’t bring myself to say it but it IS a word. Thesaurus.com. Look up ‘supposedly’ and see what you find as a synonym.

  95. A.E. -  January 15, 2012 - 9:20 am

    “Gay” when it’s used with it’s slang meaning.

  96. hansdcs -  January 15, 2012 - 8:44 am

    thing is,u can not just erase certain words from our vocabulary

  97. Joe Pool Cleaner -  January 15, 2012 - 8:43 am

    @King Viz regarding ‘Gung-ho’
    Dictionary.com’s definition:

    wholeheartedly enthusiastic and loyal; eager; zealous: a gung-ho military outfit.

  98. Anonymous -  January 15, 2012 - 8:36 am

    I used to be an adventurer like you, but then I took an arrow to the knee

  99. Person -  January 15, 2012 - 8:36 am

    ________’till I took an arrow to the knee.

  100. Joe Pool Cleaner -  January 15, 2012 - 8:34 am

    ‘Baby Mama’

  101. Windpower guy -  January 15, 2012 - 8:16 am

    Please banish people starting answer to questions with the word “So”. It is so annoying and comes over to me as really rude.

  102. Joe Pool Cleaner -  January 15, 2012 - 8:09 am

    Ten Items or Less (it’s ‘fewer’ and only one letter more than ‘less’. A store manager told me it’s ‘less’ because there wasn’t enough room on the sign.)
    For sure

  103. VJCV -  January 15, 2012 - 8:00 am

    ‘To be honest’

  104. Karley -  January 15, 2012 - 7:50 am

    Ugh, that word.

  105. Koala -  January 15, 2012 - 7:42 am

    i think that we shouldn’t banish anyy words i think it’s stupid to do so and who cares if people use those words!!! if it gets on your nerves then get over it!!! no one cares what you think most of the time!!!

    GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  106. Susan -  January 15, 2012 - 7:37 am

    ‘It is what it is’

  107. Parker -  January 15, 2012 - 7:05 am

    At the end of the day…

    A dead horse beaten beyond all recognition, this cliche needs burial.

  108. Tampa Girl -  January 15, 2012 - 6:43 am

    WICKED…. and using all caps…. Why hasn’t anyone written wicked?? I am hearing it ALL the time and it’s driving me bazook…Does it just take a long time for Floridians to catch up???

  109. Kathi -  January 15, 2012 - 6:30 am

    Please banish “went missing”. How did that start? Sounds so dumb!

  110. anon -  January 15, 2012 - 6:01 am

    recent years, definitely “Twilight”, “Edward” and “Bella”.

  111. Vanessa -  January 15, 2012 - 5:22 am

    Guys. I think you’re forgetting one of the most obvious ones.
    Since when is it necessary to end every sentence with….
    “wearin this tonight doee♥”
    “why you so cute doee?:*”
    “lol shut up doe”
    This word should obviously be banished…doe :3

  112. ms nameless -  January 15, 2012 - 5:19 am

    Why banishing words?
    Language is about communicating. If others can understand, what is the point of standardize everything. By the way, some slangs we use today may be in danger of someone’s banishing 5 centuries ago. It is the characteristics of language that it develops together with people’s talking habits.
    This activity is really unnecessary.

  113. Bobie -  January 15, 2012 - 5:07 am

    I cant believe that the word ‘Fabulous’ or ‘fab’ has not found its way on to that list so please banish it asap

  114. Blackjezuss -  January 15, 2012 - 4:51 am

    1. I don’t want to say _____
    2. heavenly
    3. divine ( adj.)
    4. I’ll take that as a complement
    5. Ultimately
    6. Oh My !!
    7. Jesus
    8. Crisis
    9. Epic
    10 . Tweet
    11. Text
    12. literally
    13. austerity
    14. Salafi/Salafists
    15. Radical
    16. Democracy
    17. Free-Market
    18. Ridiculous
    19. Fly
    20. Green
    21. XO, S&M, OMG, LMFAO, (all new abbreviations)
    22. Swagger like a Dagger/ Mick Jagger
    23. South Sudan
    24. Arab Spring
    25. Protest

    I thnk all these words mean something different from one person to another.. or now they have different meanings …

    Thank YOU,


  115. Jenny -  January 15, 2012 - 2:29 am

    Pretty interesting, banishing words. I don’t think we should banish any words ’cause we use them to express our feelings, etc.

  116. Polomare -  January 15, 2012 - 1:27 am

    I’m going to take a controversial stance on the use of the word “literally”.

    An earlier poster gave an example of “I was so mad steam literally came out of my ears.” as being wrong and worthy of banishment. I emphatically disagree.

    No native English speaker would misunderstand this phrase to mean *actual* steam came out of someone’s ears. Therefore, there is no danger of miscommunication when using it this way. Pretending the steam is literal allows for a certain metaphoric charm that would otherwise fall flat. What’s the alternative? “I was so mad figurative steam came out of my ears.”? Huh? Wha? I would like those who prefer to use this wording to explain just exactly what “figurative steam” is.
    (Never mind, you might as well just say “I was mad.” and leave it at that.)

    I believe that people who feel the need to flag the use of “literally” in a metaphor are not doing it with any hope of actually improving the English language, nay, they are only doing it to pat themselves on the back for being smart enough to catch someone in a technicality. Well, refusing to use literally in a more generous sense may identify you as being smart, but it also identifies you as being boring and pedantic.

    I think we need to banish people who keep trying to ban the figurative use of the word literally!

  117. hotcakes65 -  January 15, 2012 - 1:20 am

    “can i get” should be banned . The correct tern is “could i please have”

  118. Gingerish -  January 15, 2012 - 12:30 am

    Some of these words are just plain stupid to ban. I mean stuff like “No Problem”, “Ultimate”, “organic”, and “At this point in time” are ordinary words that are going to be used whether you people like it or not. Some of these words, like 2 or 3 of them, make some sense to put on the list. The rest make no sense since everyone always uses them.

  119. bleh -  January 14, 2012 - 11:40 pm

    These words should not be blamed for their misuse, overuse, or abuse. And by extension, they should not be on trial. Said misuse, overuse, and abuse, while in many ways constituting legitimate grievances, is only the fault of the people who perpetrate it and the society/societies that spawn them. If the OED is going to add new slang terms and colloquialisms to its canon every year, I’d like to think that it would have more stringent standards for deleting words from the same canon. This list is based on the same pop-culture-obsessed ridiculousness that led to the aforementioned misuse, overuse, and abuse in the first place. if these “words” are so problematic, shouldn’t it be incumbent upon the rest of us to use them properly so as to restore their full and deserved meaning and significance? Words, languages, and communication itself are meaningless abstractions, mostly of the human mind; can’t we all acknowledge that and move on? If anything, words and phrases that gain certain niche importance (BY THE WAY–”NICHE” AS AN ADJECTIVE= REAL GENIUS) should be regarded as opportunities, not nuisances. I hate the hedonistic excess, undeserved egomania, and poor grammar of the Internet culture as much as the next guy, but banishing words from our own accepted canon, which is completely arbitrary to begin with, is not the way to the solve the problem.

    By the way, I’m a big grammar nazi/faggot; I get it. Please don’t hate on me too much. Although I also understand and accept that me saying that constitutes an open invitation to hate on me as much as one possibly can. And I mean mean. Dictionary.com rules!

  120. Squid -  January 14, 2012 - 11:23 pm

    The point of words and language is to convey meaning to each other. No matter how overused or annoying you think a word is, if it gets the point the speaker is trying to make across, what’s it matter?
    And the fact is, if a word is actually used incorrectly, so what? Words are defined by what people define them as. So if I say “irregardless” instead of just “regardless” so what? Everyone understands. Therefore, the word “irregardless” exists, as defined by English speakers, to mean regardless.

  121. neutral -  January 14, 2012 - 11:08 pm

    it seems like a few of us are overreacting.

  122. Ros -  January 14, 2012 - 9:18 pm

    Please one that I found very annoying is:

    ‘down to earth’
    ‘easy going’
    ‘lay back’

  123. claire -  January 14, 2012 - 9:02 pm

    Words I want to people to stop saying. 1. Haters 2. Duh 3. Sexy 4. Well yeah 5. Like 6. Swagga (used in a wrong way in other words used inpropley it really means personalty) 7.Omg (teenage girls cant get on the phone without saying “O..M..G REALLY) and worst of all young money/mula

  124. vic -  January 14, 2012 - 7:55 pm

    “fass, pass” PUT THE FRIGGIN Ts AT THE END
    “pacific ” THIS “SPECIFIC” WORD IS

  125. Jojo -  January 14, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    I think “beast” or “Boss” could use some time off around me sincec it sonds so weird (used as adj.). Also, technicaly is in need of repasement.

    BEAST- amazing, great, awesome, inspirational, fantastic, exciting
    BOSS- the beast, first, top, the razz

  126. ben -  January 14, 2012 - 7:32 pm


  127. bob -  January 14, 2012 - 7:25 pm



  128. David Ransom -  January 14, 2012 - 7:11 pm

    Please rid the world of “anytime soon” anytime soon.

  129. Sheldon -  January 14, 2012 - 7:04 pm

    also, I completely agree with you Castilda about “could care less.” I laugh and cringe simultaneously when people say that, because they don’t know that they actually mean the opposite of what they’re trying to say when they say that.

  130. Hot Rats -  January 14, 2012 - 7:04 pm

    back in the day

  131. Was a Bear -  January 14, 2012 - 6:40 pm

    my friends made fun of me too

  132. Erin -  January 14, 2012 - 6:37 pm

    “awkward” needs to go. Badly.

  133. Clover -  January 14, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    Christi Noyes comment was completely and utterly stereotype! i am 14 and i do NOT say “like” at all in a sentence, much less 45 times.>=-l Christi u really need to make sure you say “some, most, the better amount of,” or something to that extent because it’s not all of us, for example i don’t know a single girl who says “like” all the time.=-)

  134. opinionated -  January 14, 2012 - 5:39 pm

    “brosky.” “Bro” was bad enough. Where does “sky” even come from? I AM FEMALE! DO NOT CALL ME BRO! And pwn. if that’s even spelled right. and of course- any variations.

  135. Lemming -  January 14, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    I think it’s ironic (and I do mean that literally) that people are here complaining about the misuse of words–and then saying who’s when they mean whose and it’s when they mean its and they’re when they mean their. FRUSTRATION!!!!!

  136. Locket -  January 14, 2012 - 5:08 pm

    “The awkward moment when….”

  137. Charlotte -  January 14, 2012 - 4:38 pm

    Oh, and “expotential.” This is not a word. It is EXPONENTIAL.

  138. Charlotte -  January 14, 2012 - 4:34 pm

    “No offense, but (something offensive)”

  139. Kaspen -  January 14, 2012 - 3:38 pm

    Most of these words are perfectly legit, but nevertheless, haters gonna hate!

  140. Grim Reaper -  January 14, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    “Epic,” “Fail,” “Epic Fail,” “Lolwut?” “Lolumad?” “Thumbs up if you’re watching this in 2011, 2012.” “I used to…then I took an arrow to the knee” (most people who use that last one don’t even know where it comes from and yet like sheep, they use it anyway). Anybody who uses any of these terms is a moron.

  141. Amanda -  January 14, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    Chill, bro, dude, boy

  142. Boaz -  January 14, 2012 - 2:42 pm

    “As” for “Because”

    “Invite” for “Invitation”, “Quote” for “Quotation”

    “Epic”, “Tragic”, “Ironic”

  143. Asad -  January 14, 2012 - 2:30 pm

    “Honestly, though”, “raw”, and “flame”

  144. MC Everyday Normal Guy -  January 14, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    “Arrow to the Knee”

  145. day day -  January 14, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    why do people even start this conversation in the first place? ppl r alwys gonna use words like tht as long as theyre popular so deal wit it

  146. arcana -  January 14, 2012 - 2:04 pm

    Words are words to me but yeah I can understand how irritating some can be. Freedom of Speech (if it’s even real) changes with the times just like everything else.

    My favorite is ‘LOL’
    Short and sweet

  147. Ruth -  January 14, 2012 - 1:59 pm

    I think the expression “shut up” should be banished. Why would anyone use those words to express interest in what’s being said?

  148. Thatguy -  January 14, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    Some of those words shouldn’t be banned, people should start using them properly. Other than “swag”. When people say “swag” I think “dolt”

  149. ayehatechu -  January 14, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    legit. I hate that word with a passion D<

  150. Amanda -  January 14, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    There isn’t really any words I want banished as long as they are used correctly and spelled correctly. Bad spelling ticks me off.
    Friend: Does he go 2 r scool?
    Me: * Does he go to our school?

  151. Ramon -  January 14, 2012 - 12:16 pm

    Oh, and racist…because racial humor isn’t necessarily equated with racism, a term defined by a HATRED for other races rather than simple recognition of the tendencies of a different culture or race. People’s accents, clothing and otherwise unfamiliar practices from their culture will provoke reactions of humor, curiosity and hesitancy. (Misused and abused)

  152. i seen it -  January 14, 2012 - 11:34 am

    i seen it
    i don’t have no money…correct way, I don’t have ANY money.

  153. Hourglass -  January 14, 2012 - 11:28 am

    To Ben: I agree with the mis-naming of things (i.e. scallions. Which are called spring onions in England, by the way), presumably because people think it’s clever to use words which they don’t really know, to impress other people. It really isn’t.

    To Allie: I am astounded that there are other people who see sense! It has become fashionable to be seen to be Politically Correct, which has unfortunately resulted in many vocabulary-blunders (How to phrase it?). Also, something which is rife in England, is that whenever someone indigenously English makes a joke – or not – about a foreigner, he is reprimanded. Foreigners rule the roost. I read a story about someone’s (white, fair haired) daughter who was sitting on the train opposite a couple of (black) girls. One girl said to the other: “She looks just like my Barbie!” The daughter replied: “And you look just like my Golliwog.” It seems that spite runs in both directions.

    To everyone who thinks banning words is a pointless idea: I agree that trying to rid the world of slang is a foolish idea, but half of these words are not slang. They are mis-used words or phrases which result in awful grammar and a lack of meaning. If Hot Word (who wrote the article) wants a revolution, he can write to the government and ask for an Education Reform. And that’ll never happen. So we can just sit tight and teach our children proper English. Even if it’s American English.

    And thanks for reading the rant. But I don’t think it helped anyway. No one can solve a global-scale language problem!

  154. MT -  January 14, 2012 - 10:55 am

    Fashionista, recessionista, or indeed anything-ista.

  155. Isobel -  January 14, 2012 - 10:55 am

    “… , as it were”

    Thrown in by certain teachers at the end of pretty much every explanation. It adds nothing to the sentence and actually has no meaning in most cases… It just gets very very very very very very very very repetitive.

  156. ya'lls niggas -  January 14, 2012 - 10:33 am


  157. Castilda -  January 14, 2012 - 10:32 am

    “arguably”–it means that a point could be argued or questioned, not that it is definitive

    “could care less” : should be “could NOT care less”

    “knock yourself out”: frequently used when what is meant is DON’T knock yourself out or don’t be concerned

  158. C. Stancil -  January 14, 2012 - 10:31 am

    Well, sense everyone else is just putting words/phrases they don’t like (for the most part), I happen to hate the phrase “nevertheless”. That phrase just makes NO sense to me (and also my history teacher way back in eighth grade used to use it ALLOT). So I banish thee: Nevertheless!

  159. I'm a troll -  January 14, 2012 - 9:58 am

    Whoever wrote this is stupid. You clearly don’t spend time in places like high school or college. Here are my problems with this stupid list:
    Some of our favorite suggestions for additions are:
    Ask (as a noun)- Never heard that
    Bandwidth- Rarely hear it, and when I do, it’s necessary
    Ultimate- I’ll give you this one, though it has died down a lot.
    Eco-friendly- Not really used correctly. A set definition needs to be created.
    Not gonna lie- Died down a lot.
    At this point in time- Not that common
    Troll- Trolling is fun
    That’s what she said- Most are stupid, some are funny
    Channel your inner _______ – Okaaaaay… no idea what this is. Rarely hear it outside of people meditating.
    I know, right? – I agree
    Trend (verb) – Why shouldn’t it be a verb?
    All options are on the table – Well, if they are on the table?
    Bucket list – What’s wrong with that? I’m sure every one has one, written or mental.
    Nightmare- Rarely used unless someone actually had a nightmare. And anyways, that’s just judging people. You don’t know what someone’s personal nightmare is.
    Crisis- depends on your personal definition.
    organic- A legal definition needs to be made
    Actually – Meh sorta.
    No worries – phasing out.
    Key- I like using keys.
    Hipster – Hipster is an oxymoron. They’re all the same.
    Journey- Is a trip
    No problem- There’s not always a problem.
    Sustainable- Needs to have a set definition.

    The ones I said need to have a set definition, is so companies don’t just do a little recycling and claim to be Eco- friendly. Because being environmentally aware is very important.

    And welcome to the age of the internetz people.
    You can has a brain plz?

  160. Lisa M -  January 14, 2012 - 9:13 am

    If the pizza was “awesome,” how do you describe the Grand Canyon. Use a real word, people! “Awesome” is used automatically when people don’t want to take the time to think up anything else– even something as simple as “thank you.”
    “You put gas in the car? Awesome.”
    “The cheerleaders did awesome [sic] at the game last night.”
    “Stevie ate all his peas!” “Awesome!”

  161. PatchworkBlanket. -  January 14, 2012 - 9:02 am

    Jeez, it’s just words.
    Can’t you just suck it up and live with it?
    It’s just this thing called the English Language, y’know?
    Don’t like it? Speak French.
    ’nuff said.

  162. Haylee -  January 14, 2012 - 8:41 am

    i say foshow is overused

  163. Chocolatl -  January 14, 2012 - 8:29 am

    alex, I don’t know that anyone here claims to be an expert. But EVERYONE should be concerned about the use of words, because that is the only way people can communicate. When a word has no fixed meaning, it means nothing.

  164. Monika -  January 14, 2012 - 8:18 am

    A novel idea; with a twist. I love all words; yes, indeed. I believe banishing a word is like burning books. A person might use different words for different reasons and mostly to fit in with the in crowd at the time the word was used too much. When spoken words are used over and over again, it is annoying especially if the word they are using has no purpose in the statement they are making, in small talk. I dislike all abbreviations, all of them, lol, replaced hahaha, and the word like could be replaced with the word love. Is love over used or abused? No word is abused in my thought process, speaking is a way of communication, and for those individuals who choose to use the most popular in any given year, that’s their choice. Eventually, another will come around, and so on. The word brain dead would be my choice of words to use less frequently as it has a meaning that I feel is undesirable and equal to the word stupid. The mere reference of the word, stupid or brain dead amounts to lack of judgement by the person they are talking about, or saying it to in person. Like is ok, so long as it’s not used continually in the same frame over and over again, like, yeah…Thank you. All words are welcome, some need updating, and others more kindness long term. At least we know what the person means when they say the over used words.

  165. Al'abode -  January 14, 2012 - 8:08 am

    Certain sayings are just extremely annoying and should be banished on principle. Such as: “back in the day” and “whatever.” Irksome.

  166. D. L. Miler -  January 14, 2012 - 8:00 am

    you deserve . . . . as in . . “get the (product being sold) that you deserve.” It suggests that just the act of breathing grants you special status.

  167. Mac -  January 14, 2012 - 7:55 am

    “incredible” — as an example of a perfectly good word hackneyed beyond the pale.

  168. Paula -  January 14, 2012 - 7:40 am


    The correct term is Regardless. The ‘ir’ is superfluous.

  169. jake -  January 14, 2012 - 7:34 am

    its funny cause……..

  170. Henry Tobias -  January 14, 2012 - 7:22 am

    I would ban:
    ‘Window of opportunity’; ‘We have your best interests at heart’; Green jobs’
    ‘Smart sanctions’; ‘Peaceful religion’; ‘honest politicians’; ‘Arab spring’ as a reference to progress towards democracy.

  171. bridget -  January 14, 2012 - 7:20 am

    you think?
    you think…?
    ya’ think ?

    just try to teach your AI ( artificial intelligence ) bot .. that concept.

  172. Ole Ed -  January 14, 2012 - 7:16 am

    Worst ever = “Know I mean?”

  173. Ruth -  January 14, 2012 - 6:56 am

    Just sayin’

  174. Ricky -  January 14, 2012 - 6:55 am

    But that doesnt leave out the fact that some words and phrases are commonly abused, like;
    i know, right?
    oh my god
    what’s up? (i feel like saying “duh!” for that)
    The phrase which appals me most is, Änd I was like, whatever!”

  175. Sean -  January 14, 2012 - 6:55 am

    My biggest pet peeves (Hey… “pet peeve” is another one!):

    “Outside the Box”

    “Supposably” (instead of “Supposedly”) – “supposed” (an adjective) and “suppose” (a verb) are two different words, and should be treated as such!

    “I seen” (should be “I had seen” or “I have seen”)

    “Ain’t” and “T’ain’t”

  176. Lyle -  January 14, 2012 - 6:18 am

    “It is what it is”…has to be the most over used innane and ignorant phrase ever. It’s use only serves to make the point less clear, the user sound as if he or she is only good at copying someone else’s catch phrase.

  177. Philip -  January 14, 2012 - 6:00 am

    Unacceptable when used by politicians , but what’s the alternative intolerable? Seem too severe..Thank

  178. Dan -  January 14, 2012 - 5:19 am

    “That’s what she said”
    “I see what you did there”
    “Bro” or “man” used as prefixes (ex: “bromance,” “mancave,” etc.)
    “I don’t always ____, but when I do, I prefer ____.”
    “Tebow” when used as a verb
    “Occupy”/”The 1%”/”The 99%”

  179. Jason -  January 14, 2012 - 5:10 am

    I thought to myself
    having said that (or any of its variations)

  180. John P -  January 14, 2012 - 4:25 am

    I am so sick and tired of hearing an individual use the phrase “…so your saying that they need to amalgamate their excretions”. This is in reference to someone “getting your crap together”. This same individual uses such high profile vocabulary to impress others. I have heard others mention that using these high profile words main purpose is to impress ladies at cocktail parties. Such words as stochastics and fibonacci. I myself do not boast at having a masters degree, but come on people, a person does not have to use difficult to understand vocabulary that 99% of the general population does not understand to get their point across. I would make the diagnosis and cannot really do so without an in-depth research project, but these people who purposely talk like this are either super intelligent, or insecure or possibly both. The choice is yours.

  181. Mir -  January 14, 2012 - 4:05 am

    So cute.
    Every single four-lettered profanities.

    @Alex. On my view, by banishing these words, it provide us, the students, more challenge when we want to write an essay or poem and the likes without using the generic, overused words. It is not on a global scale. Just personal challenge or opinion.

  182. Ange -  January 14, 2012 - 3:50 am

    I have to agree with Alex….most people don’t even realize the meaning of the words they speak. I’d be more inclined to just banish ways of thinking before words….

  183. Berrynmoo -  January 14, 2012 - 3:22 am

    I think we should banish the phrase “Turned around and said…”
    The reason for this is because I am deaf and I need to lip read, I know it is not literal (most of the time) but I do not understand why people are always turning around to say things….

    Ah, it’s just me then?

  184. Yulia -  January 14, 2012 - 2:50 am

    I want it so bad!

    This phrase is so overused on TV, it is beyond annoying. And being grammatically incorrect, it perpetuates bad grammar among viewers. Repeating this phrase in it’s grammatically incorrect form has now become a fad!

  185. Carol -  January 14, 2012 - 2:20 am

    Let’s give a rest to nouns used as verbs; sorry, I’m old school. If one receives a gift, just say “thank you,” not, I was gifted with… One receives, one gives thanks. It’s a noun not a verb.

  186. Robert -  January 14, 2012 - 2:07 am


  187. anonymous -  January 13, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    I have to say this. I think we have more important things to worry about than banishing words, and I agree with alex. The English Language was made so we could change it, and make it what we want. We grow, it grows with us. That’s all I have to say.

  188. Matt -  January 13, 2012 - 10:32 pm

    Many of the words and expressions these nitpicking zealots have taken exception to represent minor transgressions and are for a large part innocent turns of phrase, the true meanings of which are commonly understood without the need for explicit elucidation. Do we forget that English is full of such turns of phrase – or do we have a list of those that are acceptable to us on the basis of their tenure? Can a select few appoint themselves the arbiters of selection into the library of new and emerging idioms, when in fact an idiom becomes such by repeated use among the masses?

    In addition, please try not to get your knickers in a twist over words and phrases that are borrowed from subcultures and that only appear on our radar for the short time that people identify with these subcultures – as an example, “noob” has been borrowed from the computer gaming culture and probably won’t be around forever, okay?

    Folks, why not take my lead: I’m off now to do something fun with my time. I may even lol as I do it.

  189. Pook -  January 13, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    Ugh, this has to be, by far, the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. They have to be playing all of you only to see what you would do. And unfortunately, you didn’t disappoint. You fell for it. They must be having a great laugh over this.

  190. JakeH -  January 13, 2012 - 10:04 pm

    this is the list of words i will be using specifically for 2012

  191. Ro -  January 13, 2012 - 9:08 pm

    “gay” to describe something you don’t like

    I don’t how old people are on here, but I’m 14 and these irk me every time I hear them. :/

  192. Jessica -  January 13, 2012 - 8:53 pm

    Here is a short list I compiled without the walls of my house surrounding me, In the open air of the outdoors:

    Gross and disgusting
    I dont know?
    and, um

    There is many more abused, overused words,wors are exiting and people should embrace them more for they give true power and joy.

  193. carli -  January 13, 2012 - 8:26 pm

    legit should be banished

  194. bree -  January 13, 2012 - 8:20 pm

    I think the issue that grates on me the most is the lack of knowledge of the actual meaning of many words. I happens in every age group I have run across and is a particular torch I carry in raising my kids. I just wish I had the nerve to turn to more people in random conversation and ask them to look up the actual definitions of the words they are using incorrectly. I fully agree that language should be an evolving growing living thing, BUT massacring language out of sheer determined ignorance is not evolution. Obviously all of us here know that dictionaries are readily available. Maybe instead of banishing individual words we should encourage more people to develop their vocabulary through reading and discourage verbal laziness in general.

  195. 2nd -  January 13, 2012 - 8:12 pm

    Hypocrites, brain-dead and big mama. I mean, really people. WHY?!?!

  196. Maddy M. -  January 13, 2012 - 7:55 pm


  197. Aaron Nee -  January 13, 2012 - 7:45 pm

    Fail- overused
    your- misused
    black- abused and misused(people regarding it with a type of person’s skin)

  198. Troll -  January 13, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    All of you guys suck balls because you want to remove awesome words. What’s wrong with you people? Just get a life noobs! TROLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!

  199. Ambar -  January 13, 2012 - 6:58 pm

    I don’t mind the use of these words, I just mind the OVERuse of them. The worse is when they are overused incorrectly. Not because they want to use it that way but because they just lack the knowledge of what they actually mean.

  200. A.Valdez. -  January 13, 2012 - 6:33 pm

    1. Hipster
    2. Whatever (used as a rhetorical comment.)

  201. rdhdbrnis -  January 13, 2012 - 6:32 pm

    “Couch” (And I don’t mean sofa.)

  202. kelly64 -  January 13, 2012 - 6:18 pm

    these are not bad words get your head on straight and get a life live with the words what do you mean troll is a bad word

  203. Anika S. -  January 13, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    “Awkward moment”
    “True story”
    “For real”
    “What the heck”
    Oh and don’t ever forget the worst: “TROLL” or “troll face”

    These all annoy me so much.

  204. Natalie -  January 13, 2012 - 6:08 pm

    @ Liberto

    I agree; you have a very noteworthy point there. While we should strive to use articulate vocabulary in order to convey our messages in a more detailed manner, I still think that we (English speakers) should sound like we would in everyday speech, especially in writing. Who wants to read a book/article/essay with no voice? If I read something, I want it to sound like the person who wrote it is talking to me, but using articulate vocabulary at the same time. So, to some extent, the “banishment” of certain words is okay, as long as we don’t use so many polysyllabic (is that how you spell it?) words that we sound like walking dictionaries.

    So, what are some words that we should try to stop using as much in 2012?

    -”He/she was like” instead of “He/she said”
    -”I KNOW, right!” How about “I agree!” instead?
    -Whatever happened to “totally?” Should that come back?
    -”pretty much”
    -”I’m good”
    -”I don’t even, like, KNOW”

  205. Squishmar -  January 13, 2012 - 5:59 pm

    alex…how are these people hypocrites?

    Anyway, (and that could be one word up for deletion) I nominate “iconic.”

  206. Romi V. -  January 13, 2012 - 5:56 pm

    x all the y’s!
    for example when someone drops their phone say “drop all the phones!”

  207. The Master -  January 13, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    Stupidest this I have ever read. Go get a life morons.

  208. jj5312 -  January 13, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    @alex: not nice. you can’t say that everyone are “brain-dead english majors” when you do not personally know ONE person who wrote a comment. People are simply putting their opinions about words they do not like. And next time you try to bust someone else for English, check your punctuation, you forgot a few commas…

    Anyway, I don’t like the word “legit” and how people overuse the word “like”. I know people do because I do it myself.

  209. NigeM -  January 13, 2012 - 4:56 pm

    Reem, totes, amaze, amazeballs and other such nonsensical words do my swede in.

  210. cookie monster -  January 13, 2012 - 4:48 pm

    Ya know
    and any swear words.

  211. It's Not Mine -  January 13, 2012 - 4:46 pm

    “My bad”

    “Just sayin’”


    “S’all good”

    All of the above make me wince inwardly when I hear them… which is a lot.
    I agree with Sue with “props” – just what does that mean?

  212. Penguin king -  January 13, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    I agree with Creeper god that swear words should be removed and replaced with funny words, like:
    “What the frog?”
    “Son of a taco!”
    and all that.i also think these should be removed:
    -Mum (As in “Mom”That is first on my list”)
    -voucher (Sounds like a bad word)

  213. Paula -  January 13, 2012 - 4:13 pm

    “Anonymous on January 13, 2012 at 5:58 am
    ‘doggie dog world’ is annoying enough to ban it”

    Before you can say anything about this one, you have to know how to put to together correctly.

    “Dog-eat-dog world,” meaning “every man for himself,” similar to “eat or be eaten.”

  214. hahahi -  January 13, 2012 - 4:05 pm


  215. Katie G -  January 13, 2012 - 3:53 pm

    WHY DO PEOPLE WANT TO BAN SO MANY WORDS! Have you ever noticed that ‘why’ is a word that is made completely out of consonants and doesn’t sound like dsqythnmhgtlkpdcvbzxqrwytfh?

  216. Pearly87 -  January 13, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    Could we ban the word Tebow? Talk about being overpublicized. I have nothing against the Broncos or the player either. I just can’t believe how much I keep hearing and seeing that name.

  217. Katie G -  January 13, 2012 - 3:43 pm

    I have my own opinion. No words should be banned. I think that people should be able to say anything they want using any words they want. It doesn’t matter if a word is overused. What matters is that we use correct grammar. Does it really matter if someone says cheese or Bob too much? Many people think that ‘like’ is an overused word, but I view ‘like’ as a thinking word. Words like this include ‘um’ and ‘uh’. People say like when they don’t know what to say. There is also slang. If you think about it slang is it’s own language. There have been many languages that have used grammar and even words to build new languages. English itself was built using grammar and words from other languages. Would you like it if someone came and said that English should be banned because it was created using other languages as roots. That is what’s happening with slang. Slang is just a language that is in the process of building. It may seem impossible now but someday the slang we use today could be a language of it’s own and be taught in schools if we let it develop. If you want to object give me a language that was once turned down but is now spoken and taught in schools. Yeah, there aren’t any. So if there aren’t any why should slang be turned into a collection of incorrect words. German people probably see English as a bunch of blah, blah, yadda, yadda, and they don’t say that it’s incorrect and ban it and vice verso. So then why should we ban slang. Russian and English words and grammar way different and I should know because I speak both. So, again, WHY SHOULD WE BAN SLANG. DOES ANYONE SEE WHAT I AM GETTING AT SLANG IS JUST A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE!

  218. Gazok -  January 13, 2012 - 3:37 pm

    Hubris, Chagrin, Ephemeral, Transcendent. I haven’t witnessed a single usage that didn’t result in a swift punch to the mouth.

  219. Laurl Crown -  January 13, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    To be honest the word swag is over used and made lame. I think we should just stop using it……..

  220. Cian -  January 13, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    Why banish a word?
    Is it that you can’t deal with our language moving on or evolving?

  221. Kim -  January 13, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    Using “Homeopathic” in place of “natural,” “organic,” or simply “healthy.” It means none of these things and in fact the practice of Homeopathy has no merit beyond what Voodoo or Witch Doctoring might offer, in other words, no scientific basis whatsoever. (Thank you Dr. Andrew Weil) If you see “homeopathic remedy” or some such on a label, put it down, go home, and drink some tap water.

  222. Seriously? -  January 13, 2012 - 3:18 pm

    Okay, this has to be one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard of. People misuse words, therefore, we should stop using them?

    In that case, let’s banish the word “seen” since so many people say “I seen” instead of “I have seen” or “I saw.” Or maybe “much” (“too much stairs” as opposed to “too many stairs.”) Maybe we should just start actually teaching people how to use the English language instead of going “omg you misuse wurd lets banish it!11!1!11″

  223. cymwolf -  January 13, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    Ironic/Irony/Ironically (Most people don’t use them correctly anyway.)

  224. zee -  January 13, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    Seriously? Seriously.

    (I mean…seriously!)

  225. Kluk -  January 13, 2012 - 2:50 pm

    “Well that’s a whole nother story”

    What’s “nother” exactly? Or is it “nuther?” My auto spell check is not allowing it, but is struggling for alternative suggestions…

  226. Andrew -  January 13, 2012 - 2:30 pm

    “_____ much?”
    Used whenever you do anything. For example when you are very thirsty and you are drinking a lot and somebody says “thirsty much?”.

  227. Andrew -  January 13, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    “Green” (when used as a synonym for environmentally friendly) IT IS JUST A COLOR

  228. Elizabeth -  January 13, 2012 - 2:14 pm

    “Story of my life!”

  229. Gregor -  January 13, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    “Know what I’m sayin’” and “See what I’m sayin’”

    Also, Execute, as in “execute our strategy” esp. when it really means “execute our employees” :)

  230. Elizabeth -  January 13, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    The phrase “That awkward moment when…..”

  231. Vixx -  January 13, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    I love saying ‘No worries’ as opposed to the overly used ‘No problem’.

  232. Trix -  January 13, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    For Real? This annoys me to no end. I always respond with ‘No, for fake.’

  233. Ydnic -  January 13, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    I’ve been told Americans, the U.S. variety (not Canadian, Middle or South), can always be identified because we use the word, ‘UH,’ so often. Instead of sitting quietly–while considering an answer or response–we will fill the silence with a word that, I suppose, means everyone else should wait patiently for our answer, before they speak. We say, “uhhhhhhhhh…”

    So I, uh, have tried to, uh, eliminate the word “UH,” from my vocabulary. Uh, well, except for when I’m writing something like, uh, dialog in, uh, a story. ;-) Uhhhhhh… you get what I mean, right?!?!

  234. alastor -  January 13, 2012 - 12:46 pm

    “In fact”
    “of course” (as in: unless, of course…)

  235. chuck noris -  January 13, 2012 - 12:40 pm

    i think we should banish the word impossible because with me around, there is no meaning for it.

    ~Chuck Noris

  236. ceci -  January 13, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    Starting a sentence by “to tell you the truth….”
    what? you lie before that??
    hmmmmm – makes u wonder…..

  237. Kiara -  January 13, 2012 - 12:25 pm


  238. legomaster -  January 13, 2012 - 12:06 pm

    Sexy is a really overused (and misused) word

  239. Linzilu99 -  January 13, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    Ghetto in the context of
    “That was so ghetto the way he beat him up!”

  240. Jewels -  January 13, 2012 - 11:51 am

    Greta VanSusteren says “candit” instead of candidate and “senter”. instead of senator. This drives me figuratively up the wall.

  241. Robert -  January 13, 2012 - 11:49 am

    All I really want gone is that awful “Arrow to the knee” joke, that has been overused exponentially in a short timespan. It should not only be added to a list of banished words, but should also be added to some form of “atrocities to mankind” list.

  242. Ted -  January 13, 2012 - 11:46 am

    It’s refreshing to see so many people voicing passionate opinions about words! (Unless you’re all English majors. In that case, my advice is to get a life.)

  243. RyScott -  January 13, 2012 - 11:21 am

    To everyone taking this list seriously, I laugh at you. This is just a joke. Y’all need to chill, literally chill and go do some trollin’
    Ironically some people added phrases to the word list and technically they shouldn’t do that, I’m just sayin’.
    And I agree with Meh:
    “Awesome, a whole list of words to use to annoy people. Thanks for submitting your own pain and suffering…just sayin’ like.”
    Looks like this article if fixin’ to go viral!

  244. Jeanna -  January 13, 2012 - 11:13 am

    @Cruimh- You obviously have not spoken to me, because I know English is a language, British a nationality, Mexican describes the people of the country Mexico, and others are Latin Americans if I don’t know where they’re from, just not Mexico. Wow, that sentence was long and rambling.
    @Michael Stein- When people separate a phrase, usually three words long, into three sentences, they are usually trying to show emphasis. Your example says, “Greatest. Novel. Ever.” What is happening here is that the speaker is trying to emphasize how great the novel is- though I doubt any one novel could be considered the absolute greatest ever, as times and tastes change.
    @Lucarleigho- It’s not just the older generations that “get bent out of shape” when young people say these things- it’s your own generation as well. For example, I am only fifteen years of age, and yet I, too, am annoyed by the misuse of certain words or phrases. When someone close to my age uses them- or rather, misuses them- adults tend to generalize it into all teens say these phrases incorrectly.
    And for a personal statement of mine, i would like to agree with those of you who suggested banning swear words, curse words, or cuss words, however you phrased it. If you can’t think of anything to say that does not involve a curse, then simply don’t say anything. Swearing is a sign of low intelligence, a lack of creativity, and low moral standards, and I would appreciate it if we could all learn to curb such thoughtless vocabulary.

  245. mystic -  January 13, 2012 - 11:10 am

    Seriously though, people are still going to use words whether you ban them or not…this is SOOO stupid….

    HA! I said stupid….I’m a criminal… put me in jail for saying a WORD!!!!

  246. Craig -  January 13, 2012 - 11:08 am

    I suggest “quality” when misused by sports announcers and others, as in, “quality player or quality shot”. What they really mean is high quality, but are too stupid to know it. Secondly and worst of all: “everything happens for a reason”.

  247. nnloudon -  January 13, 2012 - 11:07 am

    noob… the most annoying word and very frequently used wrongly and “awk,” as in a shorter word for awkward. Can you really not say awkward? It’s only one more syllable.

  248. Jake -  January 13, 2012 - 10:59 am

    Ban ‘utilize”, and utilize “use” instead; I have not seen a single instance where ‘use’ could not be utilized in place of ‘utilize’.

  249. mystic -  January 13, 2012 - 10:58 am

    look…words are just words. Words like nightmare we use EVERYDAY!!!!
    if you ban ANY words ban cuss words or words so simple that no one ever uses them. like “pretty”

  250. Kate Bridger -  January 13, 2012 - 10:57 am

    Banished word suggestion … please stop people from saying everything is ‘awesome’ … it simply cannot be!

  251. R.B. -  January 13, 2012 - 10:46 am

    ” My Bad “, “You know”, “see what I’m saying”….. PLEASE! … I know English is an ever changing, always evolving language, but some words or phrases come and go and fail to take root for the long term. I’m hoping that these are future members of that group.

    As far as an older word that seems to be favored and overused in commercials and by the media idio … by the media is “hurtful”(1530-1540).
    I hate the word. It’s hurtful to me.

  252. soobee -  January 13, 2012 - 10:29 am

    Please banish “absolutely!

  253. Jane -  January 13, 2012 - 10:29 am

    Oh just chill!! I don’t mean banish the phrase, I mean all of you just chill!! Who cares if some words are ‘overused’ in some people’s opinions. If you are understanding what the other person is trying to communicate to you, well YAY. That’s the important thing, right? And if, in this age of electronic communication, someone throws a few more exclamation marks in, or uses caps ^ to convey how they are feeling, why is that annoying to some people? I don’t even know… Am I frosting anyone’s cookies yet? Lol! JK! Don’t be a hater! I love to have convos with expressives who decorate the exchange with words that capture my imagination and even though I don’t have that bent, as you can read, I’m just as happy to communicate with words that are a little tired and overused because my joy is simply in the relationship fostered in the heart and mind by whatever words are used to get us there. I’m not saying to not have fun with words, heck, start a new fb fad phrase, by all means, but chill out on the banishment mission! What’s next? The ‘feelings’ punctuations? :) <3

  254. alex -  January 13, 2012 - 10:25 am

    but if I were to add to this asinine list, I would have to add the true incorrect meanings of “ironic/irony” when the subject is unusual, but not in any way ironic, and “litterally” when the speaker is speaking figuratively, practically or virtually. Exempli Gratia: “That guy’s face looks really blue, like, litterally!” These really aren’t the true meanings of these words, and in fact, their meanings are nothing close to what they’re used as.

  255. Patrick -  January 13, 2012 - 10:19 am

    I think we’re a bit confused, we don’t want to bannish the word Hipster, but bannish actual Hipsters.

  256. Chocolate lover -  January 13, 2012 - 10:16 am

    “LIKE” when used in a sentence it doesn’t belong

  257. alex -  January 13, 2012 - 10:09 am

    why is everyone here so damn concerned about the uses of words??? Has everyone forgotten that most words in the english language do if fact have multiple meanings? I mean what the hell? Most of you claim to be English language experts, yet you forget that crucial detail? Do you know what you really are? HYPOCRITES!!!! The English language is built upon multiple other languages, and is therefore capable of evolution! A word may take on a new meaning over time. That’s how English works! Stupid damn hypocrites and brain-dead English majors….

  258. shauun9876 -  January 13, 2012 - 10:02 am

    Creeper, n00b

  259. apikar -  January 13, 2012 - 9:51 am

    “Speak to” as a synonym for “Address,” or even “Speak about.” It makes my teeth itch!

  260. TMo -  January 13, 2012 - 9:40 am

    I suggest two phrases: “It’s all good,” and “It’s/we’re good to go,” as well as the expression, “24/7.”

  261. TS -  January 13, 2012 - 9:40 am

    I’m delighted to learn the word “ort” today! There is a distinction between misuse of words, and words that have become cliche from overuse. Among my top nominations for both: “Impact” and “impacted”.

  262. Sue -  January 13, 2012 - 9:38 am

    The phrase “I could care less”, when what they mean to say is a negative “I couldn’t care less”.

    “hero” – has been totally cheapened to where it doesn’t mean what it used to.

    “baby momma”

    “props” – whatever that means!

  263. Lynne -  January 13, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Green, as in environmentally friendly. That’s another good one to banish: environmentally friendly. Green was also banned in 2009.

  264. Carl -  January 13, 2012 - 9:32 am

    mano a mano

    Everyone who uses this thinks it means “man to man”. It doesn’t.

  265. Lucarleigho -  January 13, 2012 - 9:23 am

    im a teenager. i use words like these all the time. i really dont understand why adults get so bent out of shape when we incorrectly use certain words or phrases, like “troll” or “derp” or “cool story, bro”. my friends and i say these things because they are funny, not to annoy grown-ups. i feel that no word, however meaningless or stupid or overrused should not be “banished” from our vocabulary. i reserve the right of freedom of speech.
    and i apologize if any of you are offended by this but this is a thing that has been bothering me for a while.

  266. addy -  January 13, 2012 - 9:21 am

    “true dat”

  267. Halo Joy -  January 13, 2012 - 9:03 am

    >:& i hate that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  268. Halo Joy -  January 13, 2012 - 9:02 am

    me and my friend ( no comment) love to play around and be silly, so we stated M/H.S.M (middlle or High school moment) & that awakrad moment when (for example) you friend (this is a different person) steals from you and then acts like s/he doesnt have another pen to use .

  269. Jordan -  January 13, 2012 - 8:53 am


  270. Grayson -  January 13, 2012 - 8:52 am

    “Explosive” As in the number one used word on ESPN to describe basically every athlete they discuss. Just watch for 10 minutes and it will be used 10 times. There has to be atleast one more word they can use instead.

  271. Liza -  January 13, 2012 - 8:37 am


  272. Paul -  January 13, 2012 - 8:30 am

    whisperer — as in dog, horse, ghost whisperer, etc.

  273. Jen z -  January 13, 2012 - 8:00 am

    “It is what it is”, and “not for nuthin’”

  274. GingerTrumpet -  January 13, 2012 - 7:59 am

    legit and so

  275. jany -  January 13, 2012 - 7:53 am

    hello how is everybody doing today

  276. Al -  January 13, 2012 - 7:50 am

    Pic (short for picture)

  277. ben -  January 13, 2012 - 7:49 am

    “sort after” used by realestate agents when they mean “sought after”

  278. tucker -  January 13, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Like, hate, rap, epic yo,

  279. tucker -  January 13, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Like, hate, rap,

  280. tfwk2000 -  January 13, 2012 - 7:38 am

    So……..if I said ‘organic’ , then some Word Police would come and arrest me? Why do we banish words? I don’t get it!

  281. CindyMac -  January 13, 2012 - 7:31 am


  282. J Epic -  January 13, 2012 - 7:21 am

    Most definitely, it’s EPIC.

    I hate hearing this word. It sounds so juvenile.

  283. Ashley -  January 13, 2012 - 7:12 am


  284. kilo z feelgood -  January 13, 2012 - 7:10 am

    i think that lot of people say stuff like creeper and stuff like that should be band but a creeper is something off of a PC game called minecraft.

    my idea of bands.
    2.ur mom
    3.thats what she said
    4.im running out of ieas
    7.epic fail
    8.eat it
    9.squeez it
    12.this is geting hard
    13.thats what she said :D

  285. B -  January 13, 2012 - 7:00 am

    How about “conversate,” or any of the other stupid words people use every day? What happened to good grammar? What happened to using words correctly? We have to create new words because people are ignorant of their own language. “I’m just sayin…right?!?!!

  286. creeper god -  January 13, 2012 - 6:47 am

    creeper as in minecraft players: creeper, stupid, all curse words, FATTENING FOOD

  287. JASON C -  January 13, 2012 - 6:46 am

    DONT BANISH EPIC OR FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE NEED THEM BOTH

  288. Future Author -  January 13, 2012 - 6:42 am

    What about in book or poetry?

  289. Richard Comaish -  January 13, 2012 - 6:41 am

    I dislike the word ‘schwa.’ It means ‘nothing’ in Hebrew, but this is a seriously misleading misrepresentation of a quietly ubiquitous and powerful vowel.

  290. Emma Ennis -  January 13, 2012 - 6:27 am

    What a misuse of a word. I’ve wanted to use it so many times in stories, but I just know when it’s read back it will be given that glorious and false meaning :(

  291. elle -  January 13, 2012 - 6:26 am

    It is what it is…………Ugh!

  292. Jenny -  January 13, 2012 - 6:22 am

    I like that Wayne State University has countered LSSU with its list of words to revive. Check out wordwarriors dot wayne dot edu


  293. laura -  January 13, 2012 - 6:16 am


  294. Peter -  January 13, 2012 - 6:14 am

    I see what you are saying – should only be used by lip readers!

  295. Anonymous -  January 13, 2012 - 5:58 am

    “doggie dog world” is annoying enough to ban it

    also “administrate,” and “I knew it”

  296. Tim Scanlan -  January 13, 2012 - 5:50 am

    on the ground

    I suppose this derives from “boots on the ground.” It should be reserved for military references, not used to say simply that someone was somewhere. Let’s also get rid of “ramp up” in the place of increase.none

  297. Liberto -  January 13, 2012 - 5:33 am

    Clearly, many of these words should be “banished”. The suggestions offered above are probably sufficient, but I want to stress something just as important: We can’t (or cannot?) expect people to speak robotically — as if they were a mass of writers or, as some would say, nerds. There’s a difference between true words and slangisms; a slangism is never considered formal by grammarians, so it’s a bit paranoid to assume that slang is a threat to English.

    Every language in the world is filled with use of slang. Why? Well, two reasons are obvious: People, especially us youth, simply don’t wish to become walking dictionaries and feel like we’re politicians in our 60′s. Is that bad? The second reason is that many languages, English in particular, are irregular and bizarre by nature (look up ‘reforming the English language’), so people like to trim them and be able to breathe while speaking. Also, recall the meaning of “lingo” — Internet chat lingo is one of many lingos that will not, cannot and should not go away, unless some of it pollutes the common language (i.e epic).

    Of course, accurate vocabulary and grammar is necessary, and too many misused/abused/overused words are being seen and heard everywhere, but hey, you’re never going to kill *all* of them. I think that when it comes to speech and grammar in general, we should not only hunt down overused or obsolete terms but also work on trying to sound like normal human beings when we talk or type. I cringe when I read many online articles — not because I misunderstand them — I comprehend them — but because the overuse of a massive vocabulary and perfectionist grammar reeks of ego and condescension. Weed out the words that pollute, but keep it natural either way.

  298. Volkens -  January 13, 2012 - 5:33 am

    The one word that should be removed from the galaxy is “bro.”

  299. King Viz -  January 13, 2012 - 5:31 am

    bob – akward is not a word

  300. Aryan -  January 13, 2012 - 5:10 am

    I’m surprised that no one mentioned ‘winning’. Not to mention ‘FTW’.
    Folks the English language is effectively being destroyed by it’s own speakers and native cultures due to laziness and ignorance. It’s not only a shame to fail to preserve a language, it’s also pathetic the way it’s crumbling.

  301. Debbie Brown -  January 13, 2012 - 5:04 am

    Keep it moving
    at the end of the day

  302. Debbie Brown -  January 13, 2012 - 5:02 am

    It is what it is

  303. purplemef -  January 13, 2012 - 5:01 am

    It is probably futile by this time, but “hopefully,” and “thankfully” used as an opening appositive to mean “I am hopeful that,” or “I am thankful that.”

  304. catie -  January 13, 2012 - 4:51 am

    mine is -
    what ever
    so what?!
    oh my god
    i know right!!!
    oh crap!

  305. built son -  January 13, 2012 - 4:48 am

    Trust, safe, beef, dread, come at me, pce, done in, rolled

  306. Khloe -  January 13, 2012 - 4:28 am

    How about the two most overused words ever, ‘The’ and ‘And’?

    They could replaced with ‘Harp’ and ‘Frond’.

    Harp Frog Frond harp fish both swam in harp pond.

  307. King Viz -  January 13, 2012 - 4:16 am

    Banish “basically” and punch people who use it.

    You should only use the following words if you can work out what they mean and where to use them, don’t just parrot other people who also get it wrong consistently:

    “Gung Ho” – means solidarity, togetherness, especially in business. Soldiers who have too low an IQ to do a job that doesn’t entail a risk of death mistakenly used “Gung Ho” as a battle-cry and their fellow civvies assumed it meant “GO TO WAR! GIVE EM HELL!” instead of simply looking it up before starting to parrot it.

    “He’s a bit gung ho,” could never, ever mean “he’s overzealous, brash, bold, aggressive etc…” therefore would never make sense as a sentence. THEY can be Gung Ho but HE can never be.

    “Myriad” Only me and three other people use this word correctly, worldwide. So just give up and remove it from your so-called vocabulary immediately. Replace “myriad” with “plethora” and then you won’t sound retarded to people who have ever read a dictionary in their lives.

  308. ben -  January 13, 2012 - 4:00 am

    “Vista” used by realestate agents when they mean landscape or panorama

  309. ben -  January 13, 2012 - 3:56 am

    “Absolutely” used as an affirmation

  310. ben -  January 13, 2012 - 3:54 am

    the calling of scallions “shallots”

  311. AdamR -  January 13, 2012 - 3:54 am

    Aha moment

  312. ben -  January 13, 2012 - 3:52 am

    Abuse of the poetic “I” seen on Californian reality TV show “The Hills”.
    “Would you like to come to dinner with John and I?”
    Anyone who does not understand basic grammar because they were slapped around by their schoolteacher thinks they should always use “I” instead of “me”.
    Please pass the salt to John and I
    Please pass the salt to (John and) I
    Please pass the salt to I

  313. Jyothi -  January 13, 2012 - 3:38 am

    Holistic, exactly, awesome

  314. joe cunningham -  January 13, 2012 - 2:24 am

    moving forward

  315. TJenniferStrong -  January 13, 2012 - 1:09 am

    As of 2012, I EXPUNGE:

    +”whole ‘nother”
    + the disgusting way of pronouncing “niche” as ‘nitch’
    + vague words like “nice” and “pretty”, that are used as adjectives.

  316. cp -  January 13, 2012 - 12:34 am

    Really? You could’nt put this on your list? Everybody STOP asking “Really?” It’s very annoying.

  317. princess -  January 13, 2012 - 12:32 am

    please include

    can do…… why cannot……shhhhhhhhhhhhhh………….. sick and tired of this words………..

  318. princess -  January 13, 2012 - 12:29 am

    please include


  319. Danny -  January 13, 2012 - 12:25 am

    IDK has to go ASAP

  320. Tiro -  January 12, 2012 - 11:31 pm

    Banish ALL swear words please!! When did it become so acceptable for people to say”F” and “S” in normal conversation?!

  321. Rex -  January 12, 2012 - 11:13 pm

    i really hate “O my gosh”

  322. Hunter -  January 12, 2012 - 10:42 pm

    And, most of them are memes…maybe I just don’t like memes.

  323. Hunter -  January 12, 2012 - 10:41 pm

    Epic Fail
    “So random!”
    And many more.
    Jeez, that’s a lot.

  324. don -  January 12, 2012 - 10:32 pm

    “go” instead of said.
    “like” instead of thought or reacted.

  325. TheARK -  January 12, 2012 - 10:08 pm

    “Big words” referring to words too complex to understand, “I can’t wait” meaning not wanting to wait, “I don’t care” when this is uttered I think ‘If you truly don’t care, then announcing how you don’t is contradictory in and of itself by displaying enough care to show the person you’re telling this that you do care enough to inform them.’, “same difference”, “ironic” the misuse of this word has gone on far too long, “cool story bro” pisses me of so much that I make fun of the phrase in front of the people that use it by making up creative phrases that rhyme with it like ‘drool horny Moe’, “bro” and any other derivative of that term like ‘broseph’ ‘bromance’ etc., “rowdy” is so stupid sounding my little brother uses that word a lot like ‘this is some rowdy Chinese food.’ and so many more.

  326. apl. de. applebees -  January 12, 2012 - 9:44 pm

    “ironic” for incorrect usage, “Rick Roll” or “Rick Rolled”

  327. elijah -  January 12, 2012 - 9:43 pm



  328. Sheri -  January 12, 2012 - 9:39 pm

    Smarted (as in it hurt)

  329. Annette -  January 12, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    “Have a nice day.”

  330. Veronica -  January 12, 2012 - 9:27 pm

    Noob; fail; bomb [as in "that's the BOMB"]; not to be….; Wait, what?; legit; To tell you the truth….; Y’know?; OMG; Jk; True That.

  331. _________ -  January 12, 2012 - 9:11 pm

    Also, I totally agree with “SnoopDog12 on January 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm”.
    Nothing more to say.

  332. _________ -  January 12, 2012 - 9:02 pm

    I really don’t want to get rid of any words, except vulgar and swear words. Now those words are pointless and make you sound absolutely ridiculous… but other than that, I think it’s kind of dumb that people want to get rid of words. I’m fine with keeping “overused” words.
    Whatever people…

  333. Anonymous -  January 12, 2012 - 8:55 pm

    This is why i only go to dictionary.com for school assignments and urbandictionary for out of class terms.

  334. Deathgleaner -  January 12, 2012 - 8:50 pm

    It’s so good, it’s ______
    it’s so ____ that it’s not even funny

  335. Vipul Kaushik -  January 12, 2012 - 8:42 pm

    I forgot to add the most irritating word of all times:

    KEWL.. Nadir of word tampering..

  336. Vipul Kaushik -  January 12, 2012 - 8:41 pm

    I just can’t stand the following words:
    1) LOL
    2) BTW
    3) My Bad

  337. Balletlover -  January 12, 2012 - 8:35 pm

    T.B. (too bad)

  338. Balletlover -  January 12, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    Awkward Silence

  339. Avantika Kaushik -  January 12, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    And how about including “As a matter of fact”

  340. Nathan Fawkes -  January 12, 2012 - 8:30 pm

    1. Heart (as a verb)
    2. Like (as a nonsense filler)
    3. Noob
    4. Fail
    5. “I’m just sayin’…”

    I know #1 was recommended for banning as a symbol in 1984 and as an emoticon in 2009 (<3) but increasingly I see it used as a verb in place of "love".

    I'd also like to ban the two-hands-as-a-heart symbol (with bent fingers touching and downward thumbs touching), as I've seen it used in several different ads this year.

  341. Nathan Fawkes -  January 12, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    1. Heart (as a verb)
    2. Like (as in “I was..like..going to..like..the store you know.”)
    3. Noob
    4. Fail
    5. “I’m just sayin’…”

    I know heart was recommended for banning as a symbol in 1984 and as an emoticon in 2009 (<3) but increasingly I see "heart" used as a verb in place of "love" (e.g. I "heart" him so much!).

    I'd also like to ban the two-hands-as-a-heart symbol (with bent fingers touching and downward thumbs touching), as I've seen it used in several different ads this year.

  342. Smiley -  January 12, 2012 - 8:18 pm

    “creeper status” and “thats beast!”

  343. ME -  January 12, 2012 - 8:13 pm

    I agree with several posts here in the overuse of “basically.” Try this: with permission, record a conversation between yourself and some friends to see how many repetetive phrases and long, run-on sentences you and others fall into, sometimes to the point where it makes no sense. I became especially aware of this when I did transcription.

    Like, ya know, I was tryin’ a say, I was gonna say, I was fixin’ a say, I was fin to say, I’ll tell you what, guess what, ya know what? Um, basically, ya understand what I’m tryna say?

    I cringe at so many misuses of words (don’t say “marinate” if you mean “ruminate”) and so much incorrect grammer. “Hisself” is not a word; the word is “himself.” “An” not “a” should always precede a word beginning with a vowel, and if you make such a mistake, don’t say “my bad.”

  344. DJ Drugless -  January 12, 2012 - 8:01 pm

    1. Homies
    2. Peeps
    3. Blood
    When either of those are used instead of friend, it makes me cringe.
    4. Blunt
    It means dull, or without sharp edges, as in “He was wounded with a blunt object.”
    It’s not a marijuana cigarette.
    5. Like
    At the beginning of every statement and in front of every other word in a sentence usually followed by
    6. You know
    At the end of the sentence.
    7. axed
    As in “I axed him a question.”
    8. Honestly
    Professing one’s honesty thus is akin to a shady used car salesman saying “Trust me!”

    I remember taking an English Lit. class in university as a “Mature Student” well over a decade ago and I was shocked. I asked the professor, “What happened in the past couple of decades? Did they stop teaching English in elementary school?” She replied “Basically, yes!”

  345. Bryan D. -  January 12, 2012 - 7:58 pm


  346. Stefani -  January 12, 2012 - 7:56 pm

    “You’re Fired.” -Used in a way that is not terminating someone from a job.
    “Epic Fail.” -SO sick of this.
    “I know, right?” -I hear this too often.

    And everyone uses these in the same tone so it’s especially annoying.

  347. WhoCares -  January 12, 2012 - 7:45 pm

    Like and K
    Facebook and Twitter (Tweet)
    the and and
    Word and Comment
    Sales and Money
    Beast and Awesome
    IPhone and Kindle

    The list goes on…

  348. Michella Davenport -  January 12, 2012 - 7:43 pm

    I know the following words have been suggested previously, but I feel the need to emphasize the banishment of these nonwords.

    1. irregardless
    2. mines
    3. conversate
    4. unresponsible
    5. texted

  349. WhoCares -  January 12, 2012 - 7:41 pm

    Justin Bieber


  350. Tina -  January 12, 2012 - 7:39 pm

    i use:
    That’s what she said
    I know, right?
    No worries
    No problem

    and what’s ‘channel your inner __________’means?

  351. Karen Stewart-Levee -  January 12, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    The most common, annoying word of them all is “like,” when it is used to replace mindless chatter. If a speaker feels the need to consistently insert this word in her conversation, she should tote a travel-sized thesaurus around in her purse. Because the Kardashian family are famous for this trend, they should endorse this as a new movement for better communication.

    The second most commonly used word, which is not a word in the English language, is “conversated.” There are so many people who actually believe this is a true verb. Even when they type it and the red, wiggly line indicates the word doesn’t exist, they ignore it and continue to use it.

    And last, the use of the word “mines.” This correct way to use this word should be a question on the ACT and SAT that appears several times. It will not shock me how many high school students (college students and adults) will get this wrong.

  352. Roflcopter -  January 12, 2012 - 7:22 pm


    “Nasal Delivery technology”
    and “Meh”

  353. anon -  January 12, 2012 - 7:09 pm

    these are the words and phrases i hate the most:
    i know, right
    awkward moment

  354. Michael Stein -  January 12, 2012 - 7:07 pm

    Fail (as a noun)
    Epic fail
    Separating phrases into three one word sentences, e.g. “Greatest. Novel. Ever.”

  355. MayKJ -  January 12, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    1. Legit
    2. Epic
    3. Awkward Moment

  356. SteveJL -  January 12, 2012 - 6:49 pm

    “moist” I’ve always hated that word.
    Also “grody” I don’t know if that’s how it’s spelled.

  357. tina -  January 12, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    um, like, and totally are soooooooo anoyinng!!!!!!! cant you think of ANYTHING interesting?

  358. Nance -  January 12, 2012 - 6:41 pm

    1. Like!!
    it is the most used word in the wrong places. and i have to admit i use it too much to.
    i like the word epic ☺☻♥

  359. Emma M. -  January 12, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    fer(using it in the place of “for”)
    no offense…but

  360. William -  January 12, 2012 - 6:33 pm

    “Fail” used as a noun
    “Epic” used as an adjective
    “Awkward silence” used to describe what is just regular silence
    “Random” to describe anything remotely spontaneous or unique.

  361. Asentro -  January 12, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    oh and just sayin

  362. Don -  January 12, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    “My bad”

    When did “bad” become a noun?

  363. Asentro -  January 12, 2012 - 6:26 pm


  364. Maddie -  January 12, 2012 - 6:24 pm


  365. Rosa -  January 12, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    I think we should banish


  366. Cece -  January 12, 2012 - 6:17 pm

    Who cares. :| Censorship won’t stop use.

  367. effanbob -  January 12, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    i think that “cuz” is overused when people don’t feel like explaining
    also, literally. people just use it incorrectly

    ME:hey, why are you shooting at those cars?
    ME:cuz why?
    ME:you better answer me CORRECTLY or i’ll hit you with this shoe.*pulls off shoe*
    PERSON:are you literally gonna hit me?
    ME:never mind.

  368. WillC -  January 12, 2012 - 6:05 pm

    Would love to banish

    Have a good one

  369. Brooke -  January 12, 2012 - 6:04 pm

    What’s the most annoying word?

    “No, literally, she literally said hi to me, literally just this morning!”

    It bugs me to DEATH.

    Another phrase:

    It doesn’t matter if you say “no offence.” People are still going to be insulted.

  370. Panda301 -  January 12, 2012 - 6:02 pm


  371. Mama_Umbridge -  January 12, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    Just kidding I use it ALL the time

  372. Liddianna -  January 12, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    Mad (as an adjective.)
    I absolutely cannot STAND when people say stuff like “That was MAD AWESOME” or something along those lines.


  373. Lena -  January 12, 2012 - 5:54 pm

    Abbrieviations in general.

  374. Steph -  January 12, 2012 - 5:51 pm

    “I turned round and said”

    “She turned round and said”

    Are these people constantly spinning during conversation? :/

  375. Scott -  January 12, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    The word “gay” being abused and used as to describe something idiotic or unlikable to the speaker

  376. suggestions. -  January 12, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    Epic fail / Epic. Legit. For realz.

    If this words that are “legitly” overused aren;t on this list, it will be an “epic fail.” “Like”, “For Realz”

  377. ShanaDM -  January 12, 2012 - 5:30 pm

    Epic and “awkward moment.”

  378. Hamid Hameed -  January 12, 2012 - 5:30 pm

    1. Cool
    2. Pathetic
    3. aka

  379. Cruimh -  January 12, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    ‘Just Saying’, ‘No Offense’, ‘Basically’, and ‘Literally’ are stupid and redundant . No one seems to know the meaning of the words ‘Modern’ and ‘Indie’.
    ‘Swag’ and ‘Hipster’ have become cliche to the point of complete incoherence.
    ‘Retarded’, ‘Gay’, and ‘Faggot’ used derogatorily and without literal context.
    People should know the literal meaning of words they’re as idioms before they claim the figurative meaning is the literal meaning.
    I’ve not spoken to one American who knows the difference between ‘British’ and ‘English’. Also, why are there so many groups of countries essentially considered to be one country? For example; Someone from any country in Latin America/West India considered to be “Mexican”.

  380. nobodyspecial -  January 12, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    The issue is not the problem. Rather, the problem is the misuse of the word “issue.” Have I stated the problem correctly, or will this become an issue?

  381. Cindy -  January 12, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    Legit. That is a very commonly used word. My friends won’t stop saying it no matter how much they try.

    “I legit fell down the stairs.”
    “My mom like, legit yelled at me.”
    “My sister is a psycho – legit.”

  382. Noelle -  January 12, 2012 - 5:16 pm

    Legitimate!!!!!!!! People say that wrong all the time!

  383. Anthony Chavez -  January 12, 2012 - 5:09 pm

    “To Be Honest”

  384. Perambulator, Jr. -  January 12, 2012 - 5:06 pm

    “Y’know?” when said inbetween words continually in speech; it’s the new “um.” Also, same lines, “Y’know what I’m sayin’?”

    It’s a letter, and though I know the original term came from an abbreviation i.e. a letter, one can’t help but hear (or see, as it often is with texts) this and imagine a limp wrist.

  385. Chris -  January 12, 2012 - 5:06 pm

    I agree with almost every word that was proposed. These words do get really annoying when used out of context. Even my English teacher uses these words out of context.

  386. Mubb -  January 12, 2012 - 5:03 pm


    Tru dat
    beeteedubs (that’s how people say it and it’s weird)

    Tired of everyone saying OMG? Say OMJuice instead. it’s going to confuse everyone around you! All hail JUICE!

    you can also use:
    and a couple more I can’t remember…

  387. Catherine -  January 12, 2012 - 5:01 pm

    Disinterested instead of uninterested.

  388. GJQtlll -  January 12, 2012 - 4:52 pm

    everyone, you are driving me up a wall. sometimes this is just how people talk. i think you all underestimate how difficult it can be to completely change your pattern of speech. while, yes, it can be annoying, you should understand that there are plenty of words that you probably abuse too, and maybe people find you annoying.

  389. Michelle -  January 12, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    awkward (unless used appropriately)

    It is used so often for things that aren’t actually awkward, that sometimes I cringe when I hear it.

  390. Leslie Piper -  January 12, 2012 - 4:46 pm

    “one of the…” (best, most, etc)

    one of the laziest least noticed cliche and weasel-phrases for stupid unfocused reporters slamming against a deadline used to falsely import fact, reasonableness…worthiness of attention…
    certainly one of the most disgraceful proof of the ignorant arrogance and linguistic mediocrity of many of the yapping classes…one of the most important things you will do this year is to realize this…in your daily life one of the most important actions you can ever take is to notice how this overused and under-required verbal camoflage is often used as a filler of no relevance or importance…one of the most lying imputations of authoritative statement ever used to mislead Americans ever…

  391. Kardashian -  January 12, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    ^cool story, bro

  392. elaine -  January 12, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    at the end of the day
    it is what it is
    moving forward

  393. bob -  January 12, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    akward has to be THE most overused word

  394. Kayla -  January 12, 2012 - 4:32 pm

    Oh my goodness. “Like” and “Legit” seriously need to be on this list. They are way overused, especially by kids.

  395. Molly -  January 12, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    “and I/he/she was like,”

  396. jj -  January 12, 2012 - 4:19 pm

    the word “shawty” as in slang for a girl should be banned

  397. Brangelina -  January 12, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    No offense, but reading these comments literally made me lol. I basically agree with, like, some of them. And it’s a pretty legit article at the end of the day. But “bucket list”? Seriously? Random much? It’s not an EPIC fail, per se, but it is a fail. Just sayin’. I mean, I typically wouldn’t say that “bucket list” has really impacted my life, or whatever. It just is what it is, no worries.

    Moving forward, I don’t think “swag” should be banned either, you know? But I could be wrong about that one, and if so, my bad. The ironical part is that I’m technically wrong about literally everything that I ever say. Story of my life. Good times, good times. Moist.

  398. I'm a poet, Didn't you know it? -  January 12, 2012 - 4:14 pm

    Not Bandwidth, because what else would you call it? Internet-speed-Ability-?

    And can you REALLY ban words?

    All right, then ban “like”, not as a word, but as in “He was like, like, agghhhh!”

    Also ban “Random”, because it in itself is no longer its definition

  399. anti-grammar nazi -  January 12, 2012 - 4:14 pm

    I think that any interjection of spanish words (besides stuff like patio) into an english conversation is stupid sounding

  400. ^_^_^_^ -  January 12, 2012 - 4:08 pm

    You Gotta Skate, Mojo, the phrase “uh and uh” overall, “uh”. “Wait” when talking to a higher up. Say that to your boss and you will have a relatively ticked off boss.

  401. imani -  January 12, 2012 - 4:02 pm


  402. Elsa Monica -  January 12, 2012 - 4:01 pm

    What about when teacher say ,”There is no stupid question” ?

  403. Louie G -  January 12, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    And everybody’s favorite, “ramped up.” This is a non sequiter anyway, in that it’s a bastardization of “amped up.” “Ramped up” absolutely no sense whatsoever.

  404. Elsa Monica -  January 12, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    What about when teacher say ,”There is no stupid question”

  405. August Pillsbury -  January 12, 2012 - 3:58 pm

    “Bleep” should be bleeped from common usage. I detest watching a censored program, not because some words aren’t offensive and shouldn’t be aired for children and conservatives, but because it makes me feel like I did in back High School–not cool enough. Okay, so I did deliberately tear the seam off the heels of my jeans so it appeared as if my boots wore them to strings, and sure, I might have cloroxed a copehagen ring in my back pocket–all so I could be a Kicker. Yes, I may have developed a tiny self-esteem issue because I was bleeped from all the other cliques and only the Kickers would have me. Words are often created and then used by the “in” crowd for the purpose excluding the “out” crowd. Then the “out” crowd find out about those secret words and start using them–it’s not long before someone suggests a banned list (probably an in-crowder). Bleep!

  406. Berecca -  January 12, 2012 - 3:47 pm

    Does not a good …. make.

    As in, “Speaking backwards does not a better point make.”
    Why the sudden screwy syntax? I see this on blogs all the time. Ugh, blogs.

  407. sarah -  January 12, 2012 - 3:42 pm


  408. sarah -  January 12, 2012 - 3:37 pm


  409. emma -  January 12, 2012 - 3:31 pm

    i know right
    oh wow
    oh sh-
    imma smack you in next year or next week
    (insert name here) is fine!
    your ugly as i dont know what
    sit yo a** down
    fashinable (is that a word???)
    oh crap
    HOLY SH-
    i should throw a rock at you

    ‘-’ a longer list

  410. Miranda -  January 12, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    Oh bless her heart!

  411. emma -  January 12, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    that akward moment when…..
    oh my god
    shut up
    sit yo butt down
    you is stupid…
    mindless behavior is epic
    roc royal is mine girl
    princeton is mine!
    imma marry (insert name)!

    these are the most irrating stuff i hear…

  412. b r -  January 12, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    I’m surprised no one said “drug.” It’s the most vague, misused, abused word I know.

  413. SnoopDog12 -  January 12, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    We should ban “I swear to God.” People say this and 9 times out of 10, they’re lying.

  414. eli -  January 12, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    that’s nuts. keep the words

  415. Paula -  January 12, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    I want to try something. The next time I feel the need to precede something with, “It goes without saying…” I’m just going to stop there. I think it would really confuse people. Hahaha.

  416. RachelDeep -  January 12, 2012 - 2:45 pm

    Sick as an adjective for “awesome” or “cool”
    Gay as an adjective for “stupid”

  417. ice cream -  January 12, 2012 - 2:42 pm

    One word i wish I could KILL has to be, “deets”. Really? I mean come on, doesn’t this aggravate you sooo much?! For example: “KayKay, I’ll just text you the deets later?” Or, ” Whats the deets for your party?” Even just today, my friend (friend A) were just standing around talking about another friend’s( Friend B) party. Suddenly, Friend B comes up to us and says to Friend A, “Ya know about my party right?” Friend A: ” Yeah . . . .”
    Friend B: ” Kay so like, I’ll just like, text you the deets later, Kay

  418. Chris Eastwood -  January 12, 2012 - 2:41 pm

    “You know”
    As in: I thought, you know, that I would, you know, ask my wife about our, you know, relationship. She didn’t think, you know, that she wanted, you know, to talk about it, you know, right now. She felt that, you know, sometime later, you know, would be, like, you know, better.

    No…. I do NOT “know”, you know?… that’s why you’re telling me!

  419. PMcC -  January 12, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    I nominate ‘dollars’ for banishment. As in “We don’t have the dollars for the project.”
    We don’t have the money, we don’t have the financing in place. Pull a toonie out of your pocket, you now have the ‘dollars’ but I bet it’s not enough to pay for the project., unless it’s a Tim’s coffee.

  420. :) -  January 12, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    cupcake (its really just a insecure muffin hiding under sprinkles and frosting!!!!) cool, omg, like, why?, why me?, gawd, awesome, insane, sick (as in “Woah, sick dude!(dude is another one(so is another))), ill (should really never be used!) wow!, ughhhhhh, dreamt (or is it dreampt???)apps (why not just say utilities!?), beast, surpised, pestimestic, unibrow… and the worst of them all “SWAGGER”

  421. Katherine -  January 12, 2012 - 2:35 pm

    I agree that most of the words on this list and on the former list should be “banished” at least for a while, excluding “organic” and “eco-friendly” (please leave them in the lexicon, as they refer to vital issues!), although you cannot hinder people from speaking them. I am confident that their temporary absence will not lead to a dystopia, as described in a novel of George Orwell. My personal pet peeves are:

    1) Curse/cuss words
    2) SMS abbreviations
    3) “legit”, “like”, “ain’t”, “for real”, “totally”, “seriously”, “swag”, “sup”, “hippie”, “forever”, “baby” (second sense of the word), “in oblivion”, etc.
    4) “That’s what she said”
    5) Typos that even some teachers make
    6) Prolonged “yeah…..heh” when not knowing what else to add
    7) Awkward neologisms made up on the spot, when the word that is necessary to use in a sentence is forgotten.

  422. Bam Bam -  January 12, 2012 - 2:32 pm

    My bad
    Epic fail
    Epic win
    Cool story
    Takes one to know one(because basically you’re calling yourself whatever you were just called…)

  423. Sara Robinette -  January 12, 2012 - 2:29 pm

    I think we should just mix words!

    Ex:Blue + Purple = Blurple

  424. Selah -  January 12, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    “No, dur” and sick, as in cool.
    Legit is getting old, too.
    Also aight, istead of alright. Is it so hard to add one extra letter to the word?

  425. Chicago -  January 12, 2012 - 2:25 pm

    the phrase “How come?” is my biggest pet peeve

  426. JustMe:) -  January 12, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    Aight, instead of alright.
    Is it so hard to put one extra letter in the word?

  427. Simone' -  January 12, 2012 - 2:23 pm

    Just as I was ready to ask if anyone here had anything better to do w/their time instead of sitting around pondering which words should be axed, I read Veronica’s choice: Moist. I loathe that word. I suppose I don’t have anything better to do with my time either–jk, oops! Just kidding! oops!

  428. Sam -  January 12, 2012 - 2:16 pm

    hah! that’s what she said is sooooo not a word!

  429. Jeanna -  January 12, 2012 - 2:16 pm

    I just realized something: Because so many people seem to dislike the phrase, “At the end of the day…” they should go join Rat from Stephan Pastis’ comic, “Pearls Before Swine.” He hit a character on the head with a stick because the man used that phrase. So, if you don’t like it, just hit them with a stick!

    Also, I would like to point out that I called “At the end of the day…” a phrase; most of you seem to think that it’s okay to categorize the phrases you dislike as words if the rest of the list includes words. For example, here is what Amberlynn said:
    “I use almost half of these words.
    Ultimate, Eco-friendly, Not gonna lie, Channel your inner _______ (though usually as a joke), Organic, Swag, Actually, Hipster (I recently started using this one, also as a joke), No problem.” “Not gonna lie, Channel you inner _______…, No problem” are all phrases, though she said she uses these “words.” This really annoyed me, although when I went back up through the comments to search for an example, I realized there actually weren’t many of you doing this.

    I also agree with Allie, naming someone’s race or talking about the differences between races is NOT racist; racism is treating someone differently based off of their race, sex, sexual orientation, or anything else about them that makes them different. Ergo, Allie was not being racist.

    And Ross Odom, do you know the meaning of ironic? You said:
    “6. Ironic. On the other hand, it’s ironic that a web site such as this one, ostensibly in the business of promoting language and thus communication, should have a section about what words should be banned.” This is not ironic, as irony is “the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning” (as Dictionary.com says). They aren’t necessarily promoting language, nor are they banning words; they asked the readers what words should be banned. Therefore, if anyone is to ban the misuse of ironic, I think they would need to know irony and be able to correctly apply it.

    Thank you for reading my rant, if indeed you did.

  430. Sam -  January 12, 2012 - 2:15 pm


  431. Vicaari -  January 12, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    Ummm…, Dude…, Like
    Lol…, Very…, You know

    Those are ones abrase my ear when I hear.

    As usual nice article.
    Thank you.

  432. Selah -  January 12, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    “No, dur,” and sick, as in cool.
    Legit is getting old, too.

  433. ugh -  January 12, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    The only people who don’t want to hear the word “hipster” ARE hipsters. There are enough of them that there’s a word to describe them, and they hate admitting they’re NOT unique/creative/ironic/whatever-word-they’re-describing-themselves-with-now.

  434. anonymoussssss -  January 12, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    oh, and fanbase-based phrases, such as OMB for Oh My Bieber are annoying the hell out of me.

  435. Alex O'Dell -  January 12, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    “legitimately,” and “literally,” should be used less often…I hear these words used all the time, and they’re “legitimately,” and “literally,” used out of context!

  436. Solangel -  January 12, 2012 - 1:53 pm

    “my bad”

    drives me bonkers

  437. Lucie -  January 12, 2012 - 1:52 pm

    ‘awkward’, ‘legit’, and ‘oh my god’.

  438. Clueless New Yorker -  January 12, 2012 - 1:48 pm

    I seriously call bollocks on this list. In my personal opinion, having an abundance of words available to you creates variety in a language, and using a word incorrectly eventually leads to that word acquiring a new meaning. Ban no words, just use language how you would normally use language.

  439. Hobie Benson -  January 12, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    Killed me to death.

  440. thecoolesteva!!! -  January 12, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    oh ya plus this one:
    “it goes without saying”
    cuz then they always say it anyways

  441. Irina -  January 12, 2012 - 1:41 pm

    Legit. It’s the most annoying word ever

  442. Crystal Dawn -  January 12, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    @ Creep:
    I agree, the few that have appeared on this list are some of my favorite phrases and words.
    Banishing words and phrases is close to banish books and censorship, both of which I do not approve of, period.

  443. thecoolesteva!!! -  January 12, 2012 - 1:38 pm

    “no offense”
    “ya know what…”
    “I’m sorry BUT”
    “Everybody’s so mean to me”
    “My life sucks!”
    These all bother me………

  444. Viggi -  January 12, 2012 - 1:36 pm

    Going forward … Argh!

  445. thebrand -  January 12, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    Moving forward- is a meaningless phrase. It basically says nothing or conceals everything. Nobody stands still. My suggestion is to embrace and employ English’s vastly descriptive language to explain the how and why of movement, change or whatever is happening.

  446. Kate -  January 12, 2012 - 1:15 pm

    “Retarded” needs to be used correctly. I am tired of hearing people say “You’re so retarded!” all the time.

  447. koala0399 -  January 12, 2012 - 1:04 pm

    “bad boy” when speaking about inanimate objects, especially food.

  448. toadstool -  January 12, 2012 - 1:01 pm

    “beast” (awesome)
    “boss” (incredibly awesome)
    “meh” (i don’t really care)
    “haters gonna hate”

  449. StardustInMyEyes -  January 12, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    These aren’t even words, but people still insist on using them constantly…

    - Recessionista and, on that note, fashionista
    - Luv
    - Omgzz (especially when used to poke fun at somebody’s enthusiasm. For example, Sam says, “I love cats!” and to make fun of her, Ben says, “OMGZZZZZ I’M SAM AND I LOVE CATS!”)
    - Haters/haterz
    - Swagg is the dumbest thing I have ever heard
    - Lawl (even in its written form)
    - Za (as opposed to “pizza”)
    - Photog

    I also agree with what somebody said earlier, about using “that’s hot” to describe something gross another person did, often while inspecting their nails or picking their split ends or popping bubblegum whatever.

  450. AlexTheGreek -  January 12, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    Words to Banish in 2012:

    1. Kim Kardashian

    Actually, that’s the only word (well, two) I vote to banish this faithful year. The remaining quarter-million words in the English language are really quite delightful. The two abovementioned, however, make me want to banish myself.

  451. Harry Mason -  January 12, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    To je idiotski!

  452. Arlene -  January 12, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    I agree with “It is what it is;” annoying and total nonsense.

    Another one I hate: “(Blank) is the new (blank).” That means absolutely nothing!

    Those are the two teeth-grinding examples I can think of right now.

  453. bea -  January 12, 2012 - 12:08 pm

    I love how the majority of these words/phrases are ones used by the younger generation.

    People, we talk like this because its pretty much its our own new language, I’m not saying it’s Shakespeare or anything but seriously, just deal with it. Swear down adults used to tell kids off for saying “that was smashing!” instead of “I found that enjoyable” or something, this is just the same thing but with different words.
    Do we sound kind of uneducated when we say LOL you are all fails seriously – yeah. But heck, who cares? We have our slang, you had yours. Not everybody likes the new slang, but whatever, its not like you have to use it.

  454. AnonymouslyAgnostic -  January 12, 2012 - 12:07 pm

    This thread is bound to be trolled for the addition of “troll” to the suggestions list. Oh, the irony. -Me, a 13 year old guy.

  455. Lailo -  January 12, 2012 - 12:05 pm

    I can’t believe sustainable made the list! This is a word that literally needs to be used and implemented more often!!

  456. Kristine -  January 12, 2012 - 11:56 am

    Transitioning, efforting, and ROBUST

  457. ryana -  January 12, 2012 - 11:52 am

    Because, Well,definetly

  458. KevinDorff -  January 12, 2012 - 11:48 am

    “Belligerent” does not mean drunk and rambunctious.

  459. jared keller -  January 12, 2012 - 11:27 am

    ah leggo

  460. A-18-K -  January 12, 2012 - 11:10 am

    Most definitely LOL. I hate that term, even in a txt. People use it so flippantly, that even when they have the driest expression and haven’t made a sound for the past three hours and didn’t even smirk at the txt they received – they txt back ‘LOL.’ It’s way worse when someone is talking to you and says “LOL!” I think, ‘For goodness sakes! Just laugh!” LOL gives a really insincere feeling from being so abused and overused.
    ‘Like’ is also overused, especially in those either overly talkative or just plain thoughtless youth that throw it in ever third word or so.
    Also the phrase ‘If you need anything, just let me know.’ That has become something people say when another is in a predicament just to make them feel good about themselves without actually helping. I mean, someone’s house had burned down and the neighbor pulled by and said ‘If you need anything, just let me know…’ and drove off. The person just stood there gaping, because basically all the person was doing was going over his checklist and as he said that phrase he felt as if he’d done his duty in offering help without really offering it. I mean, OBVIOUSLY that person needed help – his whole house had burned down!
    There’s so many phrases to go through, and what’s the use of it anyway? People have their own ways of doing things, and we could talk to them till both of us are blue in the face – and they’ll still go on with misusing or abusing words and phrases. …it’s not such as life…it’s such as how most people are now – careless, independent, and calloused to others opinions.
    This is the world of ‘ME’.

  461. Wesley -  January 12, 2012 - 11:08 am

    What about ‘you know’ which many people use excessively and ‘I mean’. I cringe when I listen to some interviews on radio and TV – often more than one ‘you know’ per sentence. Thankfully it seldom appears in the print.

  462. Chyenne -  January 12, 2012 - 11:01 am

    come at me bro?

  463. Toi -  January 12, 2012 - 10:56 am

    “Amazing”…EVERYthing is all of a sudden AMAZING! AND: “Hero”…I am over the word HERO! ANYone who does ANYthing is suddenly a Hero! “The 12 year old girl didn’t make a sound as robbers moved through her home, where she was alone. She dialed 911 and stayed quite until police arrived…truly a Hero!”…HUH?

  464. Lady G -  January 12, 2012 - 10:51 am

    “Seriously?” “Really?” “Are you serious right now?” Get a lot of over-usage. I am also not a fan of any word that Rick Perry makes up.

    “Beast” “Ninja/That’s Ninjee” “Powned” “Bestie” and using “OMG” “TMI” “BTW” while speaking are on my list.

    Although it seemed to die down for awhile, “Bow, chicka, wow, wow” is trying to resurface, and “That’s what she said” just won’t leave.

    Lastly, using the word “cereal” in place of “serious/seriously” is NOT acceptable!

  465. Nshera -  January 12, 2012 - 10:41 am

    Nerd and geek! People get confused, it hurts peoples feelings and it frequently gets mixed up! :P

  466. Dieter -  January 12, 2012 - 10:38 am

    “Gobsmacked” in British English, the most awful, over-used word ever

  467. grandma -  January 12, 2012 - 10:36 am


    I agree 100% about the use of “myself.”

    I also do not like, “Drinking the Kool-Aid.” Most people who use this phrase were not even alive in 1978, so they have no real idea that hundreds of people, including children, were forced to drink Kool-Aid or a similar drink that was laced with cyanide and they died. It was a horrible thing; not something to trivialize when trying to insult someone.

  468. Vonda Novelly -  January 12, 2012 - 10:34 am

    “Absolutely” – I’ve notced, of late, almost everyone on the Dr. Phil show says, “Absolutely” to everything he suggests & it irritates me!

  469. Tabitha_vs._Clarissa -  January 12, 2012 - 10:25 am

    Not going to lie, at this point in time there are too many trolls to channel your inner peace. But in this crisis the ultimate key to no worries, is to be eco-friendly, organic, and to live your hipster life. Put that on your bucket list, for it’s the newest trend. At least that’s what she said. Actually there’s no problem at all, just keep your swag in this journey and make sure your bandwidth is sustainable. The ask is all options are on the table.
    I know, right? A Nightmare.

  470. Lefty -  January 12, 2012 - 10:08 am

    This is getting old Dictionary.com!!! Could we please move on from this nonsense and talk about other better topics!! I am sure not the only one who feels this way!

  471. Dan Greenwald -  January 12, 2012 - 10:05 am

    Let’s banish “incredibly” when it simply means “very”

  472. Alyianna -  January 12, 2012 - 9:51 am

    Definitely “politically correct”.

  473. VeroniceEvans -  January 12, 2012 - 9:50 am

    The word Moist is terrible. It just sounds so wrong to my ears. It should be taken out of the human language

  474. Rebecca -  January 12, 2012 - 9:46 am

    Misuse of “literally” bothers the hell out of me. “I literally jumped ten feet in the air when he scared me.” Really? Literally 10 feet? Come on. I’m pretty sure that never actually happened.

    My newest pet peeve is people who misuse the word “myself.” As in, “If you have any questions, you can email Peter, Bob, or myself.” You can’t do things to myself. It’s a reflexive pronoun. Only I can do things to myself. You can email Peter, Bob, or me. Not myself. It drives me crazy. And now that it does, I see it everywhere. Seeing it in books, especially, makes me angry. Editors should know better. Authors should know better.

  475. Cole Spears -  January 12, 2012 - 9:32 am

    I think banning words would create a kind of dystopia as Orwell presented in “1984″. Each word gives it’s own meaning, it’s own set of emotions. Banning them would detract from those emotions and the personality of the individual whose says it.

  476. Shannon -  January 12, 2012 - 9:28 am

    u know people r still going to say those words no matter what

  477. eddweirdo -  January 12, 2012 - 9:18 am

    ‘All new’ as in “Wednesday show is ‘all new’. Of course. You wouldn’t mix up an old story with a new one, would you? I mean the phrase just doesn’t seem to make sense. Of course, I could be wrong. My mind wanders (or wonders) sometimes because I am newly old.

    I am also getting really tired of ‘at the end of the day’.

  478. JAC -  January 12, 2012 - 9:03 am

    at the end of the day
    quality of life

  479. jewel -  January 12, 2012 - 8:55 am

    also “huh?” (as in a question)

  480. simone -  January 12, 2012 - 8:54 am

    LIKE! This word is so obnoxious (i luv how im saying this and i am one of those people who ALWAYS subconsciously say ‘like’ in every sentence) it needs to GO!

  481. mehroon -  January 12, 2012 - 8:53 am

    Last but not the least

  482. jewel -  January 12, 2012 - 8:51 am

    I think that “I know, right?” is TOTALLY overused. Also “totally”. Also, really, seriously (is that how you spell it?) and like are overused.

  483. Erika -  January 12, 2012 - 8:27 am

    starfish – they are not fish, they are sea stars

    And guesstimate/guestimate – is that really a word now? Sign of the coming apocalypse: when gibberish becomes Merriam-Webster-approved.

  484. Andopholis -  January 12, 2012 - 8:26 am

    I absolutely hate it when people say, “But at the end of the day…”

    Ahhhhh …Gets me every time!

  485. David -  January 12, 2012 - 8:21 am

    Literally, basically, and utilized should be eliminated. They’re overused.

  486. Alyssa -  January 12, 2012 - 8:11 am

    “Story of my life.” This is most commonly used as a vast exaggeration. No one thing can be a story of one’s entire life. Lives are far too complex to be summed up in something as simple as a sentence.

  487. TP -  January 12, 2012 - 8:11 am

    The apostrophe used in the wrong places should be banned forever – common errors such as:


    Arrgghh it drives me mad!

    The overuse of ‘basically’ is also annoying.

  488. MelissaLibrarian -  January 12, 2012 - 7:52 am

    Epic!!!!!!!!!! I’m so tired of hearing the word epic.

  489. John -  January 12, 2012 - 7:51 am

    “Legit” has got to go

  490. LissLiss -  January 12, 2012 - 7:39 am

    “Just saying”

  491. Frank Furter -  January 12, 2012 - 7:33 am


  492. Miche -  January 12, 2012 - 7:23 am

    Fair enough. I detest this little phrase. Its used improperly and most of the time its NOT fair enough. Grrrr….

  493. Galt -  January 12, 2012 - 7:19 am

    “No problem.” I don’t like my expressed gratitude response to with “100% no problem.” If I thought it was going to be a problem, I most likely not put you in a position where it would be a problem. Like the kind folks at Chik-fi-le respond, how about “It was my pleasure!”

  494. C Smith -  January 12, 2012 - 7:13 am

    nucular instead of nuclear

  495. Darryl -  January 12, 2012 - 7:13 am


  496. Avery -  January 12, 2012 - 7:02 am

    Oh, please get rid of “legit”. It’s not even a word. But how is “organic” or “bucket list” misused, overused, or abused? Also, I could fight for several of these words to remain since part of them are just connected to internet. I mean with “troll”, what would be a better way of calling someone who rights uneeded comments on a blog and just sounds ridiculous? I think it’s a creative term as a title. Of course, most of these terms should not be used anywere but the internet. If your going to ban normal words, then ban paparazzi from making portmanteaus of celebrities like “Brangelina.”

  497. Melissa -  January 12, 2012 - 6:49 am

    Legitimately. Or any form of it (legitimate, legit, legitly, etc.)

  498. Lynda -  January 12, 2012 - 6:48 am

    Please banish ‘fashion forward’! What does that mean anyway?

  499. squint -  January 12, 2012 - 6:41 am

    *** nonplussed***

  500. Sarah -  January 12, 2012 - 6:39 am

    Per se. People use it when they mean to say ‘precisely’, whilst the term in fact means, ‘in and of itself’.

  501. TrAiNs -  January 12, 2012 - 6:26 am


  502. William Tucker -  January 12, 2012 - 6:26 am

    By the way, the official definition of “like” should be:

    “What I am about to say is a hopeless cliche, but it’s the best I can do . . . ”

    Also should be banned.

  503. crazydia -  January 12, 2012 - 6:24 am

    Using sporting terms in business.

    Lets “touch base”
    I need this report “By end of play”

    I find these very annoying

  504. William Tucker -  January 12, 2012 - 6:23 am

    NOT! As an expletive that somehow unwinds everything that has been said before.

  505. matt -  January 12, 2012 - 6:06 am

    1. like
    2. I don’t know…like a word that sounds like like

  506. Existentialcat -  January 12, 2012 - 6:02 am

    Did someone mention “good times”? Which is often repeated i.e., “Good times. Good times” and used after an anecdote. It’s funny when used playfully, but if said too often it can get annoying.

    Also, “no worries”. My neighbor used to say this every time I apologize for something whether it was about forgetting to return an item borrowed, mentioning someone’s name incorrectly, or just saying something a little too forthright when involved in a “heated ” conversation.

    That’s another one. “Heated”. “I was all, like, totally heated.”

    I agree with everyone who mentioned “like” used incorrectly. “It was like, totally like…” ans so on. Out of all of these words, I use someone them but I cringe when I hear someone talking on the phone using the words “like” and “um” as punctuation.

  507. Cathy -  January 12, 2012 - 5:55 am

    I dislike the way “literally” has been used and abused. “Literally” means what is said is 100% accurate and it ACTUALLY happened just the way one says; people use it to mean “figuratively,” which means one is using a figure of speech to make a point or comparison.

    RIGHT: If we read the poem literally, it is only about a boy on a date. If we read it figuratively, we see it as a metaphor for life.

    WRONG: I was so angry that steam literally came out of my ears.

    As an English teacher, I cringe every time I hear it. :(

    As a human being, I hate “it goes without saying” because then people go ahead and say it anyway. And “I’m not trying to be rude, but…” gets on my nerves too. If you’re not trying to be rude, then don’t say the rude thing at all!

  508. Theo -  January 12, 2012 - 5:52 am

    Kicking the can down the road
    Bottom Line

  509. Hot Rats -  January 12, 2012 - 5:50 am

    These words and phrases that we all love until we hate them will banish themselves and a new list of popular, and often, misused words and phrases will take their place. The annoying problem is that many people will continue to use these words after we have concluded they are no longer useful, popular, or cool. Unfortunately, this process usually takes too long and we must suffer while it happens.

  510. KENEDAL -  January 12, 2012 - 5:49 am


  511. wordy -  January 12, 2012 - 5:44 am

    “Hateration” please stop the fake words generation!

  512. smoothius -  January 12, 2012 - 5:40 am

    all words are cool with me even when liberties are taken with their actual meanings. what i would ban is anything written in ALL CAPS. (so annoying) and also no more than one exclamation point per paragraph, or preferably per thread. an exclamation point is intended to add a great measure of emphasis, not to be whimsically paraded around to add some kind of faux importance to what you might say. believe me, other people do not find what you say to be nearly that important:)
    use words as you will but let’s respect the sanctity of font and punctuation!
    (and yes, i know my lack of capitalization is annoying to some and a bit hypocritical but hey, we all have our annoying habits:)

  513. Jimbo -  January 12, 2012 - 5:33 am

    “Awesome”: few things actually inspire awe in me or anyone else, especially sports figures.

    And the one that really freezes my nether regions: “Literally” when it”s not literal and should be “virtually.”

  514. Ca -  January 12, 2012 - 5:11 am

    baby bump
    bikini body
    yummy mummy
    “bum” for butt

  515. Joseph Q -  January 12, 2012 - 4:56 am

    slam – specifically when used to describe political rhectoric

  516. rashad -  January 12, 2012 - 4:13 am

    dear edito,
    why to banish words which served their purpose in the past!

  517. dbatrivka -  January 12, 2012 - 3:59 am

    Fun, the noun, used as an adjective, but it’s hopeless at this point: It’s so fun.
    To me, that’s so error.

  518. Bobie -  January 12, 2012 - 3:37 am

    Crimbo (Chrismas)

  519. Rawr -  January 12, 2012 - 3:21 am


  520. Johnny -  January 12, 2012 - 3:01 am

    Unconditional as in ‘Unconditional Love’: redundant if it is conditional it is not love.
    Categorically as in ‘categorically deny’ also redundant, you either deny it or you don’t.

  521. Vin -  January 12, 2012 - 2:45 am

    @Jrilett: Space more significantly means a three dimensional area in which objects or events can occur or even an area which is free to manoeuvre. Hence, when commentators use “space” they mean players making runs in that area or something like that.
    Anyways my suggestions- seriously, ironic(when used incorrectly),unreal,holy,literally(again when used in a wrong context)

  522. Lia -  January 12, 2012 - 1:56 am

    Craveworthy. Clogged. Pretty much any word on lolcats.

  523. Jeff -  January 12, 2012 - 1:14 am

    “Fail” (especially as a noun, but is almost equally annoying as an interjection)

    I’m a middle school English teacher and these two words are easily the most overused and misused words I hear on a daily basis.

  524. Bornonterday -  January 12, 2012 - 12:48 am

    “Terday” used constantly by BBC News instead of “Today”

  525. Manly Man -  January 11, 2012 - 11:36 pm

    I’ve always used ‘swag’ as a word that’s synonymous with ‘loot’, ‘plunder’ and ‘booty’. Huh.

  526. Nancy -  January 11, 2012 - 11:17 pm

    LIKE!!!!!!! (you…like….get it?)

  527. clark i -  January 11, 2012 - 11:04 pm

    ‘Horrific’ sounds like a little kid’s word; so, not surprisingly, it’s badly overused in the media when horrible would do just fine. I

  528. Jesse -  January 11, 2012 - 10:47 pm

    “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.”

    “At the end of the day…”

  529. unknown -  January 11, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    “i don’t want to be mean, but…”

  530. Saurav -  January 11, 2012 - 9:41 pm

    Two words from my side:

    NICE – “That seems nice”, “Isn’t it nice,…”, “It looks nice….”, and so on. What does this ‘nice’ actually means. It is so general that it can be used at various places. More specific words should be used for description.

    FINE – “I am Fine”, “Fine, do whatever you want”. It is more of a negative word than what it actually means, I believe. It scares me when some girl says “Ok FINE” in the conversation. Don’t really know what she meant.

  531. toast -  January 11, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    ban “cool story, bro”
    ^it gets on my nerves^…cuz sarcasm sucks this way, and if it was a cool story I’d listen to it again.

  532. Robert -  January 11, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    A big peeve of mine is the phrase, “The proof is in the pudding” because it surely isn’t. If the phrase were used correctly people would know “the proof of the pudding is in the eating” – in other words, you can’t know how a pudding will taste by looking at it, only by eating it. Thus the phrase means that you can’t experience something without checking it out properly.

  533. JJRousseau -  January 11, 2012 - 9:29 pm

    “It’s Deja Vu All over again.” Yogi Berra said he. “It gets late early out here.” A bit more color for free. “”It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Another Yogi-ism we see. Yogi might have been banned in Boston, otherwise, Woof, Oui Oui!

  534. Ross Odom -  January 11, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    All right, I’ve said my bit. Now back to the matter at hand.

    7. Oh…my…..God!

    8. Awesome

    9. Amazing

    Surely there are synonyms that could be adopted.

  535. Ross Odom -  January 11, 2012 - 9:15 pm

    1. Boots on the ground

    2. Having said that (Why not just say “however” or “Nevertheless” ?)

    3. Someone mentioned “it is what it is.” I agree. Do we really need to be told that something is what it is?

    4. Hello! In this case, it’s not the word, but the way it’s used and used

    5. Excuse me! (See no. 4)

    6. Ironic. On the other hand, it’s ironic that a web site such as this one, ostensibly in the business of promoting language and thus communication, should have a section about what words should be banned. Even in jest. In my opinion, people should be allowed to communicate with whatever words they want to use, without fear of admonishment for the words they choose to use, no matter how hackneyed or irritating. If you don’t like the way someone talks, you’re free to quit listening. Quit reading tweets. Quit reading texts. I read recently where a group of people want legal penalties for other people’s use of the word “Nazi” or words associated with the word “Nazi.” I mean, come on, that’s the very mindset of a Nazi.

  536. I_LIKE_TURTLES! -  January 11, 2012 - 9:13 pm

    turtles, bag, groceries

  537. thats_like_a_cool_story_bro -  January 11, 2012 - 9:11 pm

    “Moron”, “Troll”, “LOL”, “That’s nice”, “Mhmm”, “Brosef” (as in, “Yo brosef!”)

  538. Rebecca Smith -  January 11, 2012 - 8:55 pm

    Legit or legitimate (used as slang for cool or awesome)

  539. Kathleen -  January 11, 2012 - 8:20 pm

    “Oh my God, I’m gonna die!!”

  540. Paola L. -  January 11, 2012 - 7:50 pm

    As in when teenagers are speaking… I have payed close attention to young people’s speech, and they can not say more than two sentences without saying “like.”
    Ex: Me and my friend Miranda are like, the best friends ever! And I mean like, we spend almost like 24/7 together! And like, we talk everyday on the phone!

    Ugh. Please, please, don’t abuse this word.

  541. Me -  January 11, 2012 - 7:47 pm

    Like(when people use so many times in one sentence. e.g:
    “Like, yesterday I like went to like the movie theater that’s like downtown.”

  542. jj -  January 11, 2012 - 7:43 pm

    no offense

  543. NB -  January 11, 2012 - 7:40 pm

    I can’t stand the word ‘sick’ being used to describe something as positive. i.e. your car is fully sick mate. It’s so stupid!

  544. Mary2 -  January 11, 2012 - 7:32 pm

    How can ‘no worries’ be on the list? Is this fine Australianism now acceptable world wide?

    Please get rid of ‘going forward’.

  545. cri$ -  January 11, 2012 - 7:30 pm

    1)LIKE 2) LEGIT 3) I KNOW HUH? 4) FOR REAL? 5) AT ALL 6) LITERALLY (used in completely opposite meaning) 7) # or “Hash-tag”

  546. eatthis -  January 11, 2012 - 7:20 pm

    scott a noob is a new person tht not inappropreit

  547. Epic fail, much? -  January 11, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    “Fail” used as a noun.
    “Much” at the end of a question (such as “Angry much?”).

  548. LC -  January 11, 2012 - 7:06 pm

    both legit and legitimate.
    Everybody always uses them in the wrong context.

  549. Junkey Fred -  January 11, 2012 - 7:04 pm

    The word hipster is innocuous as itself but the vagabonds and flotsam of humanity that tout that word as a mark of pride should be removed from the face of this earth

  550. Meg -  January 11, 2012 - 6:56 pm

    ‘no offense’
    ‘lol’ (saying in real life, not typing)
    any word that is even remotely anoying…

  551. Richard -  January 11, 2012 - 6:50 pm

    For free when they mean free of charge
    Podium when they are referring to a lectern

  552. Cassandra -  January 11, 2012 - 6:43 pm

    awkward/awks. legit – legitimately. noob. troll. swagg.

  553. Mari -  January 11, 2012 - 6:28 pm

    These lists are pointless and completely unnecessary. It’s just a place for people who ~don’t like certain words~ to rant like prissy little assholes about how utterly awful it is when others use them.

    But I guess whatever suits your fancy…

  554. Sophia -  January 11, 2012 - 6:15 pm

    I would say that the word “ironically” is rarely used in the correct context. It is a quite common word, but it doesn’t–as many think–just mean “funny” or “odd”.

    Actually, defined at dictionary.com, the word “irony” means, “The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning”.

    Think about this definition before you use it!

  555. Tombuscus -  January 11, 2012 - 6:14 pm

    Mad (when used as a adjective)

  556. robberraccoon -  January 11, 2012 - 6:12 pm

    No offense, but…

  557. mimi ;) -  January 11, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    bro as in ‘you mad bro” “come at me bro” and “cool stroy bro” even though i say all these at least three times a week

  558. Smile -  January 11, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    Ey Dictionary.com, I’m pretty sure you spelled Swaqq wrong. I’m also astounded that Awkward didn’t make the list.
    “Yesterday I tripped in front of my teacher.”
    “Wow, awkward!”

  559. padawannabe -  January 11, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    you’re mom.

  560. uncle bob lol -  January 11, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    why do people have to think that have to rid of these words when it it the people who chose to say what they say and half the time it is what they have grown up listening to

  561. Giiiirrrrrrllllllll ;D -  January 11, 2012 - 5:31 pm

    HAHAHA! I can’t belive “that’s what she said” was on the list XD

  562. Nyako -  January 11, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    “Literally”, “like” and “smooth” are probably the three words which annoy me the most

  563. Aquinne flaquer -  January 11, 2012 - 5:26 pm

    i think
    1. epic
    6.bad a**
    7. monster
    8.she said___

    are most commonly used in school, which I think is PRETTY sad i think those words should be BANISHED the most

  564. enough of the bro speak -  January 11, 2012 - 5:25 pm

    “cool story bro” “come at me bro” “classic” “vintage” “mi hermano” (when used in an english sentence)

  565. Husin -  January 11, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    I don’t think we should get rid of words, rather speak grammatically correct English. Just my opinion, and one that I need to apply. :)

  566. Dee -  January 11, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    gone/went viral

  567. Brant -  January 11, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    To be honest, swaggerjack (as to steal someones style), Taylor gang or die, errday, pretty much any retarded rap slang

  568. K -  January 11, 2012 - 5:14 pm

    “Come at me!” “Epic Fail” “That’s BEAST!” “Ninja.” (“How’d you do that?” “I’m a ninja!”) “That’s hot.” (said sarcastically, like when your friend makes a disgusting burping sound, you reply “That’s hot.”, to which your friend will most likely reply with something along the lines of “Totally!”) “Like, OMG! I can’t believe she, like, really did that!” (you get the point- “like” is so abused!)

    Alright these are all really overused words! People need to know when it’s just overkill…

  569. Allie -  January 11, 2012 - 5:08 pm


    Acknowledging that there are other races or that someone is of another race is NOT racist! A friend (Friend 1) and I were trying to describe someone to another friend (Friend 2) and we said things like what she was wearing, how tall she was, her hairstyle, and around the fifth thing to come up was me saying that she was black. Immediately, everyone stopped and stared at me. Then, Friend 1 goes, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, don’t single her out for being black!” BUT THAT’S WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO DO! We were DESCRIBING her!

    I very rarely actually hear a racist comment, but people call each other racist all the freaking time! It is so annoying!

  570. Privyettotheworld -  January 11, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    technically. Nobody I know uses this word in fitting situations. Just today I was telling my friend that the Russian Constitution was my favorite constitution. (Russia is my favorite country.) And somebody standing next to us said “well, technically, shouldn’t it be America’s?” And once, in German class, we were split into two teams playing against each other (in one on one rounds) and we didn’t know who’s turn it was and somebody said “Technically, it’s your turn.” I have more, but I don’t want to bore you.
    Well, technically…..

    Just kidding!

  571. Neha -  January 11, 2012 - 4:40 pm


    please, please just erase this word, ugh.

  572. Vanessa -  January 11, 2012 - 4:34 pm

    @Traveler: It’s ‘sightseeing’ because one is seeing sights (things that are seen), rather than ‘sites’ (places).

  573. Dan -  January 11, 2012 - 4:31 pm

    Mine are “Legit” and “Like”. First of all, both sound silly, and people use the word “like” , like, way too much. like in these two sentences, for instance. heheh

  574. Meh -  January 11, 2012 - 4:30 pm

    Awesome, a whole list of words to use to annoy people. Thanks for submitting your own pain and suffering…just sayin’ like.

  575. George -  January 11, 2012 - 4:20 pm

    fer dayz

  576. Realbullet -  January 11, 2012 - 4:03 pm

    My new word to ban is “Lawl” (as in “LOL”)

    Historicus, I can’t believe you are against “Deja vu all over again” — that is one of Yogi Berra’s famous quotes. It’s right up there with “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”

  577. Hannora -  January 11, 2012 - 4:01 pm

    1. iconic
    2. Kick the can down the road. If I hear one more politician say it my ear may combust.
    3. Wait – as in, “Wait, what?”

  578. SM -  January 11, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    How about the phrase (on menus nationwide) “with au jus?” In translation, “au” means “with.” To say both is simply redundant and ridiculous.

  579. roor -  January 11, 2012 - 3:39 pm

    Legitimate or legit and epic

  580. Colin -  January 11, 2012 - 3:37 pm

    the word epic is greatly misused. The word means heroic, not awesome. When using it as “That’s epic.” it’s actually similar to “That’s heroic.” and not “That’s awesome.”

  581. dia -  January 11, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    physic and swagger and are u dumb should go

  582. JeT -  January 11, 2012 - 3:23 pm


    “burn” as in “ooooh, buuuuurn”


  583. Historicus -  January 11, 2012 - 3:18 pm

    “Déjà vu” is the most misused phrase in American English. To make it even worse, some people say, “Deja vu all over again.” The mistake is not understanding the sublime nuance of this French term as properly used in classic English, originally fashioned by French psychic researcher Émile Boirac. Yes, “déjà vu” does mean “already seen” but that simple idea can be expressed in normal conversation without saying it in French.

    To a well educated person using the term “déjà vu” implies the special meaning coined by Boirac, opposite of “jamais vu”. Misuse by ignorant repetition of not only the wrong meaning, but exact opposite of what it was meant to convey, is spoiling this marvelous phrase. To misuse déjà vu in print, a business meeting, speech or at a cocktail party is a blunder equivalent to saying “fox paw” to mean faux pas.

  584. jeff -  January 11, 2012 - 3:10 pm

    how could you banish SWAGG! LMFAO

  585. Dext -  January 11, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    i know right, cool story bro

  586. The Tymeister -  January 11, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    Quality. Quality is SO 2010. Who said epic was to be taken out? EPIC is such a cool word.

  587. Justin Moore -  January 11, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    “visibility” in the sense of the ability to see rather than to be seen

  588. Stefan -  January 11, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    How did not ‘epic’, ‘fail’ and any combination thereof of these exact words not make it? Also ‘pwn’. Shakespeare is doing backflips.

  589. heath -  January 11, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    i think ‘ legit ‘ needs to go….

  590. Marianne -  January 11, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    “happy days”

  591. Neigh -  January 11, 2012 - 2:44 pm

    OK, buy saying these words should be banned, it’s telling alot of people to stop talking. These days they are used so much, there is no point in banning them.

  592. Ron -  January 11, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    I detest the phrase; “It is what it is…”

    Also, I hate the word “texted”. Tell me why it doesn’t work just to say. “Yes, I just text Bill”. or “I text you three times.”
    “Texted” just sounds awkward and wrong and I even hear it in phone commercials.

  593. Cyberquill -  January 11, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    Having watched Bill O’Reilly’s show for many years, I’m ready to banish “pithy”, “dopey,” and “what say you?”

  594. Paula -  January 11, 2012 - 2:29 pm


    People need to look this up in the dictionary before they use it. You did not “literly” jump through the roof, or “literally” die laughing, or “literally” urinate on yourself.

  595. John -  January 11, 2012 - 2:27 pm

    Any time they put an “s” on the end of a word where it doesn’t belong. eg:
    communications, technologies, synergies, efficiencies, anyways, etc.

  596. Abe -  January 11, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    bro as in “cool story bro” or “come at me bro”

  597. A person who 's name is confidential -  January 11, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    My number one word is “like”. You want to know why, right. So here it is, I was at a restaurant and I heard some college kids saying….. ” Like ya man like he kicked it like extremely hard like at the goal .” There that’s my reason.

  598. Paula -  January 11, 2012 - 2:20 pm


    I dry heave whenever I hear someone use it like that.

  599. awesome -  January 11, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    “yo mamma”
    “epic fail”
    “we be trollin”

  600. milee -  January 11, 2012 - 2:17 pm

    what about things such as the words ‘like’ or the name ‘hobo’?

  601. Scott -  January 11, 2012 - 2:15 pm


  602. Traveler -  January 11, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    Can anyone tell me why the word is “sightseeing” instead of “siteseeing” please?

  603. Ubu -  January 11, 2012 - 2:09 pm

    My bad, outside of the box, theoretically, beer-thirty.

  604. Christi Noyes -  January 11, 2012 - 2:05 pm

    1. “In regards to” (how about saying “regarding” instead?!)
    2. Irregardless (not really a word, but the world seems to think it is)
    3. “Where you at?!” ARGH!!!!! How about “Whare are you?” WHY do people insist on ending sentences with “at”?! (Disregard the sentence I just ended with that word, of course.) :-)
    4. “Trickeration” (again, not really a word but ESPN analysts insist on sounding stupid by saying it ALL THE TIME).
    5. “Like” as in used 45 times in every sentence spoken by any girl between the ages of 13 to 25 (or thereabouts).

    I’m sure there are many others, but those are the ones I can think of now.

  605. Sandy -  January 11, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    “That’s legit, bro”

  606. Hunter -  January 11, 2012 - 1:59 pm

    But then I took an arrow to the knee

  607. Matt -  January 11, 2012 - 1:51 pm

    Just Sayin’

  608. Creep -  January 11, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    These lists are asinine. People should just suck it up and deal with it, they’re just words.

  609. Amberlynn -  January 11, 2012 - 1:41 pm

    I use almost half of these words.
    Ultimate, Eco-friendly, Not gonna lie, Channel your inner _______ (though usually as a joke), Organic, Swag, Actually, Hipster (I recently started using this one, also as a joke), No problem.

  610. Anna -  January 11, 2012 - 1:41 pm

    “No offence, but…”
    “Like” (When it is not used in a comparison)

  611. sherryyu -  January 11, 2012 - 1:29 pm

    how about “happy”

  612. Huge Ramones Fan -  January 11, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    Troll, haha.
    What about “Like” and “Kind of”

  613. Jrilett -  January 11, 2012 - 1:15 pm

    Football announcers talking about open field tackles or runs as
    “In space”. There is no gravity in space nor is there oxygen, therefore
    not much football will occur there.

  614. Wendy T -  January 11, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    Back in the day

  615. THE_JEDI_MASTER -  January 11, 2012 - 1:01 pm

    “Awkward moment”
    “Ironic”- unless it is used correctly
    “Literally”- see above
    “True story”
    Abbreviations in general conversation (LOL, BTW…)

  616. frederic -  January 11, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    What ever.

  617. danny -  January 11, 2012 - 12:46 pm

    1. Capiche
    2. swag
    3.double entendre

  618. TASHINA -  January 11, 2012 - 12:36 pm

    mine is

  619. Scott -  January 11, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    Noob. (Thats the Most Improperly Used Word Of All Time)

  620. erica -  January 11, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    epic,fail and word

  621. Nim -  January 11, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    Just sayin’

  622. Jade -  January 11, 2012 - 12:12 pm


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  625. Brenda Key -  January 11, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    “At the end of the day…”

  626. Jeanna -  January 11, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    I say we banish banishment!
    Modo iacor (because some people don’t like kids or teens saying “JK” or “just kidding,” I changed it to the Latin approximation), although we really need to take a look at how our lexicon has evolved, and whether that evolution has really brought too many overused words. One I dislike (besides “JK”) is “What!” when used as an interjection (as in my quotation marks). Really, we understand what you’re saying without yelling it into our faces. It’s as though they’re asking us “What can you do/ say/ think/ text better/ faster than what I just did?!”
    Another thing I think is often overused is the exclamation point. Must you exclaim that you know? (“I know, right?!?!” does not need the exclamation points or second question mark.)
    Other than that, I think you’ve already named it: ironic, epic, and awesome were my top three.

  627. Kate Riley -  January 11, 2012 - 11:58 am


    look (used at the beginning of a sentence) as in “Look, Obama said that once and now every newscaster, pundit and forum host uses it to preface a point.”

  628. Alvin Gongora -  January 11, 2012 - 11:55 am

    My all time No. 1 enemies:
    1. It wasn’t my intention…
    2. If (prefacing an apology as in: If I ever offended such and such)

  629. Jesse Raya -  January 11, 2012 - 11:50 am

    Creeper, GPOY, LBVS, Drake, Doobie

  630. DeeDee -  January 11, 2012 - 11:45 am

    ‘I love him/her to bits’

  631. JJRousseau -  January 11, 2012 - 11:42 am

    Politically Correct, Oui?
    Discuss Ting.


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