The Worst Words of 2012

banished words, yolo, hipster, humblebrag, curate, 20122012 has been an interesting time in the life of our lexicon. From new coinages to new usages, English has had a nice growth spurt. Some neologisms quickly outgrow their usefulness, or through overuse, they become meaningless, like an overplayed song on the radio. Here are a few terms that many people have grown tired of in 2012.

Fiscal Cliff — the most-used term in 2012 politics.

This phrase rose to prominence when Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the United States Federal Reserve, used it in a speech in February. “Fiscal cliff” is meant to describe what will happen to America’s tax policy and spending plan in 2013 if Congress fails to address certain plans that are already in motion.

Is it actually a cliff? Not really. In fact, as the deadline draws nearer, it has been more accurately described as a “fiscal slope.”

Selfie — a picture you take of yourself by holding the camera at arm’s length, recognizable by the fact that your arm is in the picture.

Epic — hyperbolic synonym for incredible, great, important.

This word is so overused that it has been on banished word lists three years running. But epic refuses to be banished.

Humblebrag — using humility to cover up the fact that you’re actually bragging. This technique often backfires, making the brag worse, e.g. “People just won’t stop texting me, you’re lucky you have so much time to yourself.”

TLDR — acronym for “Too Long, Didn’t Read.”

How about TLSI (Too Long, Skimmed It)?

To trend/trending — to become popular.

As we predicted in our unheeded January list of words to banish from 2011, this unspecific verbification is still going strong.

To curate – to organize information on a web page or other non-museum entity.

Museums have curators, galleries have curators–are you a curator because you found 10 cute puppy photos and posted them on your wall? Probably not. Did we just curate this banished words list? We’d rather not say.

Bubble — used as a suffix to describe any group or community. . .ever.

The college bubble, the liberal bubble, the conservative bubble, the California bubble, the American bubble…if we get to the “Earth bubble” something is going to pop.

Hashtag — a Twitter symbol that has grown into an orthographic monster.

What began as a “pound sign” or “number sign” and became a method for Twitter users to search tweets with common topics has morphed into the new URL. (Wondering what “URL” stands for? Watch the computer terms slideshow.) See our thorough discussion of the hashtag–and its real name–here.

To reach across the aisle -- an attempt at bipartisan politics in the United States Congress.

What separates Democrats from Republicans? Is it fiscal policy? Social issues? No, it’s the aisle! Our legislators need only to reach across that small span of carpet to govern cooperatively, but once that gap is breached, what do they do? Perhaps they lightly drop an olive branch on the opposing party’s desk, or yank them back to their side by the lapel. We don’t know–the term only goes to the aisle.

Hipster — the flannel-wearing, liberal arts-educated, indie music-listening, director name-dropping, craft beer-drinking, 20-or-30-something dude or dudette that you’ve definitely seen.

Since the early aughts, the word “hipster” has become more and more prevalent and simultaneously more and more annoying to many English speakers. According to the Google Ngram Viewer, use of the word “hipster” spiked in 1961, dropped by over half in the mid 80s and clawed its way back to prominence in the new millennium.

YOLO – acronym for “You Only Live Once.”

Thanks Drake. Thanks a lot. The fun catch phrase born in the rapper’s single “The Motto” has spread like a forest fire through the vocabularies of what feels like every English speaker under 25, and now the term is just an excuse for teenagers to act like idiots. Sure, go ahead and YOLO. As far as science can tell us, you do only live once. But before you eat that live tarantula, take a minute and think about how long you want to be YOLOing for.

Of course, we are not in the business of removing words from the dictionary, and these neologisms will not leave English anytime soon. What are the words that you want to leave behind in 2012?


  1. TangoBravoAlpha -  May 7, 2016 - 4:53 pm

    Destroy the incorrect word ‘gender’ as having anything to do with the proper word ‘sex’. It does not belong in the American lexicon except to teach foreign language where a word is masculine or feminine, such as Spanish where ‘tortilla’ is feminine (ends in a) and ‘burrito’ is masculine (ends in o).
    Let’s not butcher the English language by misusing what was originally just a bad line in a Woody Allen movie.
    Also, if I ever hear the word ‘matters’ as a bad pun in the name of some STUPID show (I.e. ‘Money Matters’,'Health Matters’, etc.), I will attempt to JUMP OFF THE PLANET !!!!
    Thank you !

    • Enrique Camarena -  June 28, 2016 - 12:54 pm

      U feminist

  2. kittygirl -  October 12, 2015 - 12:38 pm

    The word “perfect” seems to be used instead of good manners, such as saying thank you or I understand. It’s a good word, just used too much lately.

    • dyna -  April 5, 2016 - 12:08 pm

      Sick and tired of the word surreal hate but get rid of the stupid, stupid, stupid…over used ..

  3. namedoesntmatter -  August 11, 2015 - 8:03 am

    Quick to judge, your the only one who is superior in everyway, you have all the right “correct ” answers, (opinions) and “everyone” is stupid and homogeneous, blanket statement, and your a wordsmith God, all you, and me, lol.

  4. rick -  November 2, 2014 - 5:54 am

    I hate the word guys why do they call girls guys animals guy even houses guys most over used word stop it

    • sharon -  May 19, 2015 - 4:32 am

      What about “gone missing” or better yet
      “Went missing”? Terrible use of the English language.
      And while I’m at it, “often” pronounced
      “offen”. The “T” is silent people! Just as it is in hasten, listen, moisten and Christmas.
      Please share this information. It sends shivers up my back when I hear ” ofTEN”

      • lastlightofsouk -  December 4, 2016 - 7:14 pm

        As is, neither and either. Correct pronunciation silences the e’s while the I’s are strong and long sounding; I.e. eye th er. Not ether, ether is an invincible also invisible undetectable fatal gas within the many phenomenal galaxies of the universe. Earth has zero to none of it. So its na eye th er aand eye th er no ether gases.

    • Steve -  June 1, 2015 - 9:27 am

      ‘You guys’ – drives me mad – Why when everybody aspires to be an individual do they all say the same phrases. Wake up and be different! James Cagney used the phrase I think – Have we all gone mad!!

  5. Chris A -  September 18, 2014 - 10:55 am

    OH MY GOD … why is OH MY GOD not on here. OH MY GOD I can’t believe it. Not on here? You kidding me? OH MY GOD. Really? OH MY GOD. etc etc.


    (Especially overused by Americans).

    • WiL-flex -  April 27, 2015 - 8:53 pm

      Yes you are right about that.. Americans for the longest have used those words too much…Even by those who act like they don’t have a “God”. But ummm just curious everyone..I thought that may fall under one of those Ten Commandments which speak of not taking God’s name in vain. And if we’re honest, it really is used so loosely..Especially those who have the nerve to say “Oh my f…God”…Oh yesss we’re such a Christian nation here in the U.S.

  6. Lorena -  July 20, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    The language gets dumber and dumber every year. I think “selfie” along others like “twerk” are the stupidest words ever created.
    I refuse to use them and always will.

    • Hannah -  September 4, 2014 - 9:07 pm

      What is wrong with you JK JUST KIDDING but what???????!!!!!!!

    • ShellyBoo -  October 4, 2014 - 5:35 pm

      ok then? It’s just a word. It won’t kill you… sigh

    • Sarah -  March 24, 2015 - 8:34 am

      Twerk is a type of dance just like krumping, popping/locking, lyrical just a name

  7. Sue -  January 28, 2014 - 8:54 am

    “Amaaaaaazing”: overused in Hollywood on awards shows. Her dress was amaaaaazing. It’s the safe way for the Hollyweirds to say “her dress was amaaaaaazingly hideous” or “the crew was amaaaaazingly incompetent”.

  8. Leela -  October 23, 2013 - 4:42 am

    I want the expression “Word” to be definitely left behind in 2013! :-)

    • Hannah -  September 4, 2014 - 9:05 pm

      Agreed worst word ever

      • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 8:14 am


        • WiL-flex -  April 27, 2015 - 8:59 pm

          Well I know a bunch of folk who’ll disagree with me about this one:: I’ve recently become intolerant of “Where are you AT?” Where the “At” is totally unnecessary. And yes, I do understand how even those with well paying jobs, in suits and dresses are justified by using this slightly incorrect form of English and grammar..But I guess when you have a title and position, these things will be overlooked huh?…Well I’ve got to get back to my studies people..Peace

  9. Lea -  October 3, 2013 - 2:17 am

    Add these overused words/phrases to the list:
    rocking (wearing)
    baby bump (pregnant)

    Also these made up ones:
    burglarized (burgled)
    pressurized (pressured)

  10. Susan J -  August 2, 2013 - 9:18 am

    Anytime I hear someone say “pop of color” I want to pop them in the eye!

    • Allen -  March 28, 2015 - 1:44 pm

      I have never ever ever heard that phrase! Did you just make that up

      • Late to the Party (Unfashionably) -  September 21, 2016 - 10:30 am

        Susan J – so glad you pointed this one out! I, too, shudder at “pop of color.” Allen: she really didn’t make it up! “Pop of color” is a loathsome favorite of the fashion-blog and home-decorating crowd, of which there are more than plenty. It’s often winged at women who wear a lot of “neutrals”–another term that has gotten pretty cliched. Anyhow, thank you, Susan J! :)

  11. Shayne Cute -  July 22, 2013 - 2:52 am

    Remembered AMALAYER I was so DISGUTED when a girl disrespects the Body Guard so Malandi!!

  12. Batman -  May 18, 2013 - 9:02 pm

    words to be REMOVED from the dictionary:
    -soooooooo, heyyyyyyy, etc.
    -cute (that guy’s cute, those clothes are cute, that dying baby is cute (Heard that in History the other day))
    -repetitiveness such as hey hey, sup sup, etc.
    -tight (in the approving sense)

    Words to be INSERTED to the dictionary:

    • Julie -  September 24, 2014 - 5:52 pm

      That is hilarious! :)

    • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 8:16 am

      What?!? You forgot batarific?!?

  13. D -  May 7, 2013 - 4:32 am

    Yeah, by the way, that last comment was made in jest, in case some of you are too dense to comprehend sarcasm. Which I wouldn’t doubt. I agree that some of these slang terms are just stupid. But I see comments on here complaining about legitimate words. EPIC is a word. AWESOME is a word. AMAZING is a word. EXACTLY is a word. Sometimes people misuse these words, but that is true of a lot of words. Don’t hate the word just because somebody used it improperly. It’s not the word’s fault that most people are illiterate rubes.

    As for the slang terms, some of these terms have been in use for a long time. If you’re still complaining about them in 2013, then YOU are the one with a problem. I’m sure your generation was responsible for its fair share of ridiculous slang terms that are still in regular use today… just look at the word “hipster”. It’s a dumb word, but the younger generation didn’t invent it. Your generation did. Own your own generation’s stupidity, and accept that every generation will produce something that sounds utterly ridiculous to the generations that came before (and those that come after). Example: the word “awesome”. It’s a real word. It has been used as a slang term for what, 30+ years? And you’re blaming 2012 for that? *facepalm*

    (for those of you who don’t know, *facepalm* means I am resting my face on the palm of my hand because I am so overwhelmed by your ignorance)

    • d -  September 14, 2014 - 11:20 am

      No one is saying they’re not real words. The problem is someone uses them incorrectly, this incorrect usage catches on, then everyone seems to jump on the bandwagon, and the words are over-used until you get so sick of hearing them, you wish they could be banished from the Engish anguage altogether!

    • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 8:22 am

      I’ve got to concur with D on this one. Someone complained that they wanted the use of “Word!” as an expression to be deleted in 2013. I find myself wondering what rock they’ve been living under, since “Word!” has been an expression since the 1980s. At least most people have dropped the “to your mother” part of it.

      And don’t hate on the younger generation because they come up with stupid slang words/phrases like you didn’t when you were younger. You old folks just need to get hip to the jive.

      Also, being a child of the 70s and 80s myself, getting to call you lot “old folks” especially tickles me.

    • Shyenne -  January 4, 2015 - 9:12 pm

      You have just proved everyone’s point … Not only we have stupid words to content with , but stupid people as well.

  14. D -  May 7, 2013 - 4:22 am

    Like omfg, u guyzzz all hate it when ppl say certain things!! Cuz nobody ever hates anything you say, amirite? Everything u say is like totes awesome!! Right? Cuz yer perfect and everyone else is an idiot! And its like sooooo annoying when people say things that bother you personally even when they’re perfectly legitimate words, just because you don’t like the word, like the word ‘moist’. Ermagherd, that werd is like sooo gross! Amirite? Fersure!


    • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 8:26 am

      Like, totally gag me with a spoon!

      Yet another phrase that was so much fun in the 80s, so it can’t possibly be as stupid as some of these other phrases folks complain about. #sarcasm

      I get less upset about people using slang terms as I do people who simply CAN’T use proper English when they need to.

      You want to use words like YOLO and ermagerd in your daily life? Knock yourself out! First Amendment, and all that.

      But put that ish on a resume, or a corporate memo. I triple-dog-dare you.

  15. Chloe -  April 6, 2013 - 4:19 am

    What about
    I know right?
    And just kidding

  16. Rossy -  March 28, 2013 - 9:04 am

    “END OF.” End of what, exactly?

  17. Rosa -  March 2, 2013 - 3:36 am

    YOLO means ‘You Obviously Love One Direction’ to Directioners…

  18. Eddie -  March 1, 2013 - 9:29 am

    oh… & how bout ‘tweens’. ri-freaking-diculous.

  19. Eddie -  March 1, 2013 - 9:26 am

    EPIC drives me positively crazy. it is so over-used & misused, I can’t even watch a commercial break without hearing how something is ‘epic’. a pizza, a movie, a sale etc etc etc. in the words of the great Mike Ditka: Stop It!

    • Dan -  October 26, 2014 - 4:32 pm

      It’s pretty sad when someone says that there’s an EPIC diaper or EPIC cereal! That is my most hated word of the past two years. It doesn’t mean anything to anybody anymore because it’s EPICALLY overused!

  20. Ridarius -  February 27, 2013 - 6:50 am

    Trend/Trending isnt an overuse word but sooon after i do what i do, its gonna be one. if you want a overused word, ..IDK(i dont know) or Ok… those are overused words..

  21. R Gary Valiant -  February 14, 2013 - 7:44 am

    If you will.

  22. Sarah -  February 13, 2013 - 2:52 am

    Well I like YOLO backwards only

  23. Zaatara -  February 10, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    “in my honest opinion”
    “personally , I …”
    “to be perfectly honest ”
    ” can I be brutally honest ”

    anyways, whatever
    wtf, buddy !
    air quotes

  24. Zaatara -  February 10, 2013 - 12:19 pm


    said or written.
    stop it !

  25. SYE -  February 8, 2013 - 4:03 am


  26. mona -  February 5, 2013 - 9:02 am

    No matter how epically, awsomely and ironically we vociferate, these words will outlast most us. I don’t think there are any good or bad words. There are just words we stiff-necked oldies don’t like.

    Apart from YOLO. That is just TSTL.

  27. Lily -  January 31, 2013 - 9:13 am

    Oh, yeah, BTW: people use “could care less” totally wrong- it should be “COULDN’T care less”!

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

    “YOLO”- for me, it’s actually saying “I only get one life, so I’m not going to do something stupid and end it early”- I’m a middle school girl, and I think people (especially girls) should just stop cussing. It makes you sound stupid and mean.

  29. Colleen -  January 29, 2013 - 5:16 pm




    • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 8:30 am

      See, I like the word “swag”, because boys have swag. Men have class.

  30. jdavid812 -  January 27, 2013 - 6:49 am

    Replace “Federal Benefit” with the old standby, “Social Security”.

  31. student -  January 23, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    Swag definently is one of the worse words made. You people seriously cant be this stupid

  32. me -  January 18, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    i love selfies!!!!

  33. Gerry -  January 18, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    I want to have a card printed which gives in detail variants how of how to replace
    “you guys” or just “guys” in general, when talking to a group of people in a restaurant or pub. It`s our inability to have a plural for “you” in English as they have in many languages – French tu and vous; German du and sie.

    Sayings and their replacements
    E.g. 1. How are you guys doing tonight? How are all of you tonight?
    2. Are you guys ready to order? Would you be ready to order at this time?
    3. See you later, guys. Thank you for dining with us tonight. Hope to see you again, friends (if you have to say something in place of guys) or the good old favourite “Good night everyone. See you soon, I hope.”
    4. Nothing wrong with saying “See you guys” if it is a group of men or boys in a very casual situation of family or friends. but if it referring to a group of women, what`s wrong with “See you, girls`?

    • SherriM -  September 18, 2014 - 6:20 pm

      Bye y’all!

      • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 8:32 am

        Oh, Sherrie, come now! You should know that “y’all” is singular. The plural is “all y’all”.

  34. CarolynT -  January 18, 2013 - 11:08 am

    Punked – what a stupid word!
    My bad – how to sound stupid
    Politically correct – replaces “uncensored” and is a shaming tactic

  35. tommyB -  January 17, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    Very tired of ~ ya\no . What?!?!

  36. Mr_Sparkle -  January 16, 2013 - 10:15 pm


    “It’s all good.”

  37. Mr_Sparkle -  January 16, 2013 - 10:13 pm

    impact (When used to mean affect or effect.)
    All acronyms derived from the popularity of text messages.
    All “business-speak” (There are many fine examples cited above.)

  38. bri loves pie -  January 16, 2013 - 6:49 pm

    i hate it when people says ish 20 times in a sentence its get really annoying really fast, same thing with people that over use the word like (example sentence) “its coldish out side i think it might like snow but i only did like half of my homework i like only got to question fiveish or sixish”yep it pretty annoying

    • You're a tool -  March 2, 2016 - 1:04 pm

      over use of the word “literally”
      “I literally walked over to the table and sat down”……obviously you didn’t figuratively do an action, or it would not have been performed.

      • WorstWordsOf2012 -  May 10, 2016 - 10:21 pm

        Hey, a 2016 comment?

  39. Martha -  January 16, 2013 - 10:31 am

    I can’t stand the word “wonk” or “wonky”–ugh!

  40. Cher -  January 15, 2013 - 6:27 pm

    “It is what it is.”

  41. Jhack -  January 15, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    Surreal. It’s rarely used correctly.

    • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 8:35 am

      Dali’s paintings are always so surreal.

      Boom! In yo face!

  42. Seth -  January 15, 2013 - 10:21 am

    the gaming phrase “powned” drives me completely insane, its not a real word but what ever magic or higher power should charge who ever says it. its suppose to mean “punked” and owned at the same time so yaaaaa

    • You're a tool -  March 2, 2016 - 1:06 pm

      Adding extra letters to a word. Pro dominantly used when someone is texting
      “Heyyyyyy” “How are youuuu?” “Yaaaa”

  43. Rashad -  January 14, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    SWAG…please add this awful word to the banned list.

  44. richard -  January 14, 2013 - 5:49 am

    ping as in I will ping that person

  45. richard -  January 14, 2013 - 5:48 am

    Shoot an email
    Bandwidth as in not enough bandwidth
    resource when refering to people. we are people not resources

    • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 8:40 am

      How is bandwidth an issue? It’s an actual technical term in the IT community.

  46. Curate - Sherri Woodard Coffey -  January 14, 2013 - 2:12 am

    [...] there’s always a list–well, actually at any time of year there’s a list. But the worst words list comes at the end of the year. Some of these words I have not heard of, like selfie. Others I heard [...]

  47. jen -  January 13, 2013 - 8:25 pm

    @Eveanne “It is what it is” means whatever happens in your life, may it be good or bad, happened and there is nothing you can do about it so just let it be. I actually use this as a spiritual meathod of letting go of something bad that happened. As long as you’re stressed out about something, it is easier to let go and accept what happened rather than dwell on the situation. E.g. If you lose your job, “it is what it is”, accept it, move on in peace, and deal with it in an understanding and open mind. They teach it in Buddhism although people who don’ t study or follow Buddhism also use it to cope with their stress.

    • d -  September 14, 2014 - 11:23 am

      I think we all understand what the phrase “it is what it is” means. We’re just sick of hearing it over and over again!

      • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 8:41 am

        Hey, man, it is what it is.

  48. jen -  January 13, 2013 - 8:03 pm

    I think that the words and phrases that are in the dictionary or not and that are way too overused are “just sayin”…..”No, really…”….”fail”….”amazing”….”chillax”…and “anyways…”. There is no plural form of anyway…I don’t understand why people add an “S” at the end.

  49. Leslie -  January 13, 2013 - 6:16 pm

    I completely agree with most of these!

  50. be. -  January 12, 2013 - 7:45 pm

    regarding texting—we are adults now, let’s use all our letters!

    hate the word sexting. yuck.

    believe it or not, and I could make some angry, but I really dislike the way we have come to overuse the word “hero.” Heroic actions, ok. Being someplace at the wrong time doesn’t make me or you a hero. Someone doing something that any human would have done to save another human suddenly makes someone a hero? what happened to “being a good neighbor” or “rescuing a person who is drowning”? it’s heroic but not sure it now makes someone a hero. I have more but afraid to really piss someone off. I know how I feel about that is not popular. We as a society have come to enjoy making people into extraordinary heroes for what used to be the human way to respond. Maybe we expect so much less humanity out of humans now? sad.

    • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 8:46 am




      noun: hero; plural noun: heroes; noun: hero sandwich; plural noun: hero sandwiches

      1. a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

      If you rescue someone who is drowning, you’ve saved their life. Whether you want to be or not, you ARE their hero. I honestly can’t comprehend why you have an issue with this.

      • You're a tool -  March 2, 2016 - 1:18 pm

        Perhaps the poster “be.” was referring to the overuse of the title “hero”. I agree that the reference of saving a drowning person Did not aid their argument. Someone that chooses to be in a profession (ex: military, first responders, etc.) doesn’t automatically qualify that individual as a hero. Just like if you die, that doesn’t automatically make said dead person a hero. This is not to detract from people doing heroic things. A person coming off of an addiction issue does not continue them as a hero, either. Being a hero used to mean something, but the title is thrown around so casually now that I believe it has lost its luster.

  51. jose -  January 12, 2013 - 12:27 pm


  52. oliverd -  January 11, 2013 - 6:23 am

    and while i’m at it, the hash tag is called an octothorpe. spelling may be off there.

  53. oliverd -  January 11, 2013 - 6:22 am

    and yes there’s lots of typos there

  54. oliverd -  January 11, 2013 - 6:21 am

    TL;DL means “[text is] too long for YOU, my fellow web enthusiasts; [And therefore it's probably that YOU] didn’t read [it].

    If I may, I don’t think it means what you think it means. That’s why TL;DL will never be “I skimmed.”

    Obviously if I didn’t read it I can’t summarize it.

  55. bjwpg -  January 11, 2013 - 1:52 am

    To the poster (am I using that word correctly?) who said: “After reading those comments, I’m ready to vomit! Can’t we all just get along?”, and to others who similarly dismiss those who strive for a higher level of communication, I have this response.

    Your reaction sounds similar to those who love hurling the impossible to answer and always pugnacious “what’s your problem?!”.

    Such responses are simultaneously defiant and dismissive. They’re as good as saying “I don’t want to hear any reasoned or legitimate argument you make, so shut up, you pissant.”

    So no, poster, I’m afraid we can’t all “…just get along”, since that would mean giving in to the fast rising tide of virtually unintelligible english. You obviously wish that those with apparently higher standards than yours would just let english get beaten down to meaninglessness. Sorry—can’t sit by and watch us all be drowned by drivel.

    • Mary Nickelsberg -  July 30, 2014 - 7:27 pm

      Oh, thank you for this.

    • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 9:01 am

      This is the same argument that certain people use when justifying their paranoia that “the end is nigh”. Everything is going to hell in a handbasket, our society is circling the drain, et cetera.

      Slang terms have ALWAYS been around. Hippies had them in the 60′s and 70s, Gen Xers had them in the 80s, and Millennials have them now.

      Hell, what we speak in the United States can barely be classified as “English”, and that’s only been in the past 200 years.

      Languages change over time. Any linguist can tell you that. It’s a perfectly natural process.

      We have phrases that we use on an everyday basis that we have no idea where they come from, they’re so old.
      Ever say, “It’s raining cats and dogs”? Do you know why you say that? Look it up; it’s actually quite interesting.

      None of this means that the English language is being destroyed, so you can hang up your linguistic Armageddon sign. It just means it’s changing. If you don’t like the way it’s changing, don’t use the new words. Nobody says you have to, and people will still understand what you say, and you what they say.

      What should be of greater concern to you – to all of us – is the apparent increasing lack of written language skill that people display. Or, perhaps it’s not increasing. Perhaps it just seems that way.

      Oh, and about your “higher standards”, the word is English, not english. So calm down, Lord Byron. English is just fine without your defence of it.

      But by all means, continue to use it properly. That never hurts anyone.

  56. jackal51 -  January 8, 2013 - 7:19 am

    Let’s get rid of “at the end of the day” OK?

  57. Thinker -  January 8, 2013 - 5:16 am

    Faith is one of the worst words in the english language.

  58. mitch -  January 8, 2013 - 12:31 am

    “Celebrity Chef” is used far too often

  59. the guy with the face -  January 7, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Most of these words are perfectly normal and usable words that people just use wrong or use way too much. If everybody would just use words correctly, we wouldn’t have any “worst words.” For example, if everybody actually used the word like to say that they actually like something, as in “I like chocolate,” nobody would be mad about them saying it.

    I agree, however, that people should just stop using most of the words because they don’t even try to use them correctly. If you know you aren’t going to use a word how it is supposed to be used, you shouldn’t be using the word in the first place.

    • You're a tool -  March 2, 2016 - 1:36 pm

      Incorrectly using a word is nearly as terrible as mispronouncing a word. When did the word “ask” become “axe”? When were words that end in “th” get replaced with “f”, like truth. Not only does “troof” sound weird it doesn’t make sense to spell out the incorrectly pronounced word.
      The word “irregardless” is as moronic as the phrase “Not for nothing”. People use these made up phrases or words to make ignorance sound eclectic.

  60. Djh -  January 6, 2013 - 9:40 pm

    Literally is misused almost all the time…”I literally exploded.” You dont look exploded.

  61. Kate -  January 6, 2013 - 5:25 am

    To those of you (“you” still being the correct collective “you,” instead of “you guys,” “yinz,” or “y’all”) who have made the claim that languages evolve by the addition of new words and phrases, I would like to respond that while in many cases you may be correct, I do not see that happening with OUR language. Our language is going backward in time. The de-evolution is clear. Instead of grunting at one another in our caves, we’re using “like” and “omg” and “f*ck” to describe our surroundings and experiences. If this is truly the direction our language is supposed to be taking, “I like totally think it’s f*ckin crazy! Omfg it’s like… Epic bad, ya know???”
    Go read a book. You really do only live once (I refuse to say YOLO). Do you really want to do it sounding ignorant and uneducated?

    • Mary Nickelsberg -  July 30, 2014 - 7:28 pm

      I love this.

    • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 9:07 am

      It’s not a claim, Kate, it’s fact. And as I told another commenter, if you don’t like that new additions, don’t use them. Nobody’s forcing you to. It’s your OPINION that language is devolving.

      Geez, I’m starting to feel like the only person here who can use the written word properly, yet still doesn’t mind the slang being used.

      Am I the only one here who remembers the stupid slang we used as kids and teens?? Am I the only older person here who hasn’t become stodgy and immobile?

  62. Dave -  January 5, 2013 - 11:25 pm

    Let me speak on Curating for a bit. While I agree that in a Web Site context, it is okay, it is a lot like Epic in that it is in danger of being overused to the point of ruining a word with a lot of weight.

    People in the Information & Museum sciences worked really hard to earn a degree that allowed them to perform a public service of curating archives, art museums, libraries, or digital repositories.

    Now everyone is calling themselves ‘curator’ because they have a Tumblr. Just because you have an eTrade account for example, does not make you a licenced Stockbroker. Or you have a law database you are a lawyer.

    Seeing 12 year olds brag about how they curated their Photobucket is just wrong and is why I think Dictionary.com was griping.

    • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 9:08 am

      I can honestly say that I’ve never heard the word “curate” used in this manner.

      • You're a tool -  March 2, 2016 - 1:41 pm

        Just because you have not heard of it doesn’t mean it’s not being said. Just as you point out other’s opinions, doesn’t make what you think/know/hear factual. *Boom-Mike drop*

        • You're a tool -  March 2, 2016 - 1:44 pm

          As I am human-I am not perfect

  63. Michael -  January 5, 2013 - 7:59 pm

    “Anytime” as a word – you reminded me because you committed the crime!

    I see “anytime” and “everytime” quite frequently, presumably analogous to “anywhere” and “everywhere”.

    Will “any” and “every” be tacked onto the front of “everynoun”? Will the used car advertisement urge us to come and look at “everycar”? Will the sales person consider “anyoffer”?

  64. rayfeathers -  January 5, 2013 - 7:57 am

    Stop saying EXACTLY. “I agree” will do.

  65. Leon -  January 5, 2013 - 2:49 am

    I find it funny that there’s a typo in an article that is so pedantic and nitpicky. Did you see it? “What began as a ‘pound sigh’ or ‘number sign’ and became a method…” I don’t know what a “pound sigh” is supposed to be. Maybe that exasperated noise you make when you look in the mirror and realize you’ve been gaining weight? I know an h looks an awful lot like an n, and spell check won’t catch that kind of error, but come on, I saw it right away. I shouldn’t have to proofread you guys too!

    • You're a tool -  March 2, 2016 - 1:49 pm

      Yeah, someone pointed that out and post it 3 days before you

      • Worst Words of 2012 -  May 10, 2016 - 10:34 pm

        And the “Tool” comments years later… By the way, what is the title of this article?

  66. Stev Täal -  January 4, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    To the Author:

    In Humblebrag, the use of i.e. should be converted to e.g., as i.e. means “id est” – that is – and is akin to saying, ‘in other words’. E.g. means “exempli gratia” – example given – and is used in a demonstration of an aforementioned idea.

    • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 9:12 am

      Thank you, Stev. I can honestly admit that I’ve been using both incorrectly. I shall now endeavor to use them properly from now on.

  67. Ana -  January 4, 2013 - 9:46 am

    I can do with out the phrase “just saying”. What is the point?
    The new “Kmsl”-killing myself laughing. Seriously?

  68. brian -  January 4, 2013 - 7:38 am

    Does anyone hear cray cray and think about crawfish? Or hear fiscal cliff and wish that you could push the person who said it off of it?

  69. VTA -  January 3, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    I’m still obsessed with “at the end of the day” and “begs the question”.

    • Swac -  October 12, 2014 - 1:12 pm

      People tend to pause after saying ‘at the end of the day’
      I like to add. It gets dark. Or, we all go home.
      This quite often results in them repeating at the end of the day due to their train of thought being broken

      Simply continue adding it gets dark or we all go home until their head explodes

  70. alpal -  January 2, 2013 - 2:10 pm

    Cray (or – cray cray). Amazeballs. Totes (as in: that’s totes cray cray)

    • Brian -  December 24, 2014 - 9:14 am

      Now, see, I LIKE amazeballs. I picked it up from my 13 year old daughter.

      It’s totes amazeballs. Are you cray cray??

  71. Lisa -  January 2, 2013 - 10:20 am

    “amazing” I am accused of forever ruining this word for my friends, co-workers and family by asking them to count how many times they hear or see it in a day — in ads, by newscasters, every day conversation. Either people are setting a really low bar for what causes them to be amazed, or it doesn’t mean anything any more.

  72. Pete -  January 2, 2013 - 8:44 am

    Gotta admit, never heard of a “pound sigh” before.

  73. lady in retirement -  January 2, 2013 - 2:23 am

    I suppose if this is a word site I can’t say I hate a gesture “High five” – and with words, although it was not new in 2012, I hate it when people say “so-o-o-o” instead of a simple one-syllable “so”.

  74. Archon -  January 2, 2013 - 12:15 am

    All that, and no-one mentioned that the article should have a pound SIGN, not a sigh.

  75. Fp -  January 1, 2013 - 5:12 pm

    Very recently, I have heard the word ‘random’ used to mean radical, or very special (I think). Is this something that anyone else has noticed?

  76. Shela Xoregos -  January 1, 2013 - 11:09 am

    I listen to NPR radio a lot, and notice many speakers or interviewees begin every explanatory sentence with “so they……” This is definitely a boring trend. Retire the initial “so…” from use. S. Xoregos

  77. maxrush -  January 1, 2013 - 10:38 am

    It’s not a word, but I get twitchy every time I see ellipses (…) used for pauses in sentences! This punctuation is to be used only for omitting words from quotes. Come on!

  78. katy -  January 1, 2013 - 9:36 am

    So tired of hearing ‘tasked’ or ‘tasking’. Why are so many nouns changing into verbs? Is there a verb shortage?

  79. sumalee -  January 1, 2013 - 8:07 am

    I agree with Iain Findlay: the word “affect” usually is the more accurate word than “impact” which has taken on a jargon-y function. As has “leverage”. And the prevalent use of “journal” as a verb or “journaling” in university or counseling contexts is really annoying.

  80. Will -  January 1, 2013 - 5:35 am

    We have fought a mighty battle to end the use of the phrase “a lot” but it doesn’t go away. The biggest culprits of being to lazy to think of an appropriate description for “a lot of people”, “a lot of money”, etc., are the people in the broadcasting media. Can’t they come up with an adequate description of a crowd or a financial amount, such as an approximation of the number of people or the total cost and let the viewed decide if it’s “a lot”. A lot is a piece of ground on which, typically, a house is built.

    And, let’s stop using the term “diva” for any person that’s been in the music business for more than twelve months. Diva is a legend and not some upstart.

    Also, end the use of the “OMG”, whether in abbreviated form or full use. It’s blasphemous and as a kid I was severely chastised for using such language.

  81. Rob -  December 31, 2012 - 11:24 pm

    “No problem” does not equal, yes, no, okay, thank you or you’re welcome!

  82. mjrunderwater -  December 31, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    A word too commonly used is “basically”. A word that is used incorrectly and makes my skin crawl is “irregardless”. Use “regardless” instead.

  83. mjrunderwater -  December 31, 2012 - 4:39 pm

    I am tired of “tons” like in “There are tons of things on sale.” Ton is a measure of weight; use “many” or another synonym!

  84. Mack Osborne -  December 31, 2012 - 1:54 pm

    “It” by far is the most overused and meaningless word both spoken and written in the English language. Unsparing and senseless reliance on this word usually signifies a lazy mind bereft of a working and varied vocabulary.

  85. Virginia -  December 31, 2012 - 12:49 pm

    How about “heads up,” as in, “I’m just giving you a ‘heads up’ on the situation. Aggghhh!!! Stop it!!!

    Or the very grammatically incorrect, “don’t nobody got nothing.” A triple negative??? Really???

  86. eaglemmx -  December 31, 2012 - 11:57 am

    When supposedly intelligent people leave a comment, they end with: Just Sayin’. Waiters/Waitresses who respond, “No Problem” when you thank them.

  87. Barbara -  December 31, 2012 - 10:17 am

    I am so tired of profanity! When did it become so respectable to puncuate ones speech with expletives that should be omitted? I find it so offensive. People are less creative in their use of language today.

  88. Janey -  December 31, 2012 - 8:35 am

    On Facebook, whenever someone talks about something nice that’s happened to them, someone else is bound to comment that it makes them “Well jel”.

    Which means they are envious and would like it to happen to them too. Some people misspell it as ‘Well gel’, which shows that they didn’t understand what it stood for in the first place.

    These are ADULTS saying it, for chrissakes. Makes me seethe…….

  89. Ryan -  December 31, 2012 - 7:41 am

    It is just EPIC that you have never heard that word.

  90. Ryan -  December 31, 2012 - 7:28 am

    Sorry @W.J.R. Halyn your comment TLDR.

  91. Eveanne -  December 31, 2012 - 6:19 am

    What about the phrase: “It is what it is.” I keep hearing it a lot. What exactly does that mean? It seems oversused a lot.

  92. Steve B. -  December 31, 2012 - 4:49 am

    SHUT UP. shhhuttttup
    shut-up. Shhhhutup
    Get it? Duh.

  93. CompleteMan -  December 31, 2012 - 4:46 am

    In business there’s a great deal of butchering and overused words. Here’s my list of the worst of the worst over-used business related words:

    reach out
    revert (when ‘reply’ is needed)
    takeaway (when ‘summary’ would do just fine)
    learning….(used as a noun)
    or worse “key learnings”
    morphing (seems like things don’t transition or change or evolve any longer…instead everything seems to be morphing.
    and my single biggest pet peeve that we can blame our email for affecting: the idea that RE: stands for ‘reply’. I’m old school. “RE:” stands for ‘Regarding: Subject Matter…. abcdefghigh…. etc., & etc..
    Pet Peeve #2: people who still cannot spell even though spell check is just a click of the mouse away.

  94. chad -  December 31, 2012 - 4:38 am


  95. Random -  December 30, 2012 - 8:50 pm

    I don’t really mind the word “epic’ it’s just when people combine the word with “fail” it becomes 10 times more annoying.

  96. dtayls -  December 30, 2012 - 7:05 pm

    After reading those comments, I’m ready to vomit!
    Can’t we all just get along?

  97. ToTellTheTruth -  December 30, 2012 - 4:27 pm

    When anyone,(often politicians) preface a statement with “to tell the truth,” “honestly,” “the fact of the matter”……or something similar it brings doubt to anything else that is said.

  98. fleur -  December 30, 2012 - 4:05 pm

    Very over used.. ‘AMAZING’ and ‘LOVE’ especially on facebook!
    Ever heard of a thesaurus?

  99. Malcolm Hein -  December 30, 2012 - 11:43 am

    Davidallen makes a great point. His choice of devolution versus evolution is interesting. Darwin called man’s “progress” evolution, but in many ways we have devolved. One person’s evolution is another’s devolution. And he is right in stating that one shouldn’t get too bent about “devolution/evolution” (if I read his “should or can” qualification correctly). Slang spices up our speech. Over-use it, though, and the punch is lost.

  100. Sean Mitchell -  December 30, 2012 - 9:55 am

    Not much to be done about it, but I’m tired of reading and hearing the words ‘Euro’ and ‘Eurozone’.

  101. lennyfed -  December 30, 2012 - 8:53 am

    Kids use the word LIKE a lot. Too much if you ask me. Ask a kid to speak without using the word like and they cannot do it.

  102. Higamus -  December 30, 2012 - 7:12 am

    How did the word horrific become popular with newscasters, commonly substituted for horrible? To me ot is an attempt to soften the emotional impact of serious tragedy. It might be a sign of increasing depth of numbing type of post traumatic stress disorder in our culture.

  103. Martin -  December 30, 2012 - 6:41 am

    “Hero” is has certainly lost its value with overuse. I was in the military in the ’70s. Believe me, not everyone there was a hero.

  104. Krazy Joe -  December 30, 2012 - 12:14 am

    So many are complaining about Yolo, and you know when I first heard it? 5 mins ago when I started reading this article. Seriously , no one says that. I’ve never even heard of it

  105. Wendy -  December 29, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    Good article. Words that are the equivalent to Ugg boots.

  106. Mark -  December 29, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    An over-used oldie is “at this point in time.” I always thought that is what a moment is.

  107. Alfred E. Neuman -  December 29, 2012 - 11:06 am

    Can someone more literate than I explain when “loan” went from being a noun to a verb? What’s wrong with “lend”?

    But my favorite officious phrase, used by those trying to sound authortiative
    but instead sounding pompous, is “due to”. How about “because”, which is simpler and actually more correct usage anyway!

  108. Richard Sng -  December 29, 2012 - 8:52 am

    The most overused and overworked words are “good, nice, got”.
    Get rid of them!!!

  109. jus sayin -  December 29, 2012 - 8:43 am

    PLEASE stop saying awesome, they are even using it in commercials now. I want to throw up every time I hear it. And while we’re at it, can we stop with the amazing and incredible too?

  110. PatrickLA -  December 29, 2012 - 7:35 am

    I’m still saying “wassup” and “tight”!

    But the word COOL will never go out of style!

  111. thisblogneedsaneditor -  December 28, 2012 - 5:52 pm

    “This phrase rose to prominence when Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the United States Federal Reserve, in a speech in February.”

    Great grammar.

  112. KKem -  December 28, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    How about “It is what it is…”? Can’t watch news, TV shows, or have a conversation without that little over-used “gem” popping up. Oh well. I guess it is what it is.

  113. GCass -  December 28, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    Optical Conclusion…. Oh yeah it looks like chicken, it tastes like chicken…. But believe me, it aint chicken!!!!

  114. Ken -  December 28, 2012 - 3:58 pm

    I agree that our language is constantly changing, but that doesn’t mean we are able to accept the changes immediately. Sometimes, certain words grate on the nerves.

    That being said, some of the words that I think are overused are “viral,” “sweet,” and “cohort.” “Cohort” seems to be popular with management along with the annoying phrases, “Hit the ground running” and “outside the box.” How about a list of annoying business words and phrases?

    Maybe we should start using YOLT, named after the 1967 James Bond film, You Only Live Twice.

    Finally, I thought name mashups were long gone, but on the Parenthood Facebook page, they used the name Ryber to describe Ryan and Amber’s relationship. Fortunately, many fans blasted them for that so hopefully, that won’t happen again.

  115. TF -  December 28, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    Here’s a vote for “job-killing”. Apparently that’s the scariest phrase out there when you use it as a prefix for any other word, applicable or not.

  116. Catherine -  December 28, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    Moving forward or going forward, as used by politicians and Michelle’s comment about “does that make sense”, also “do you know what I mean?” Gggrrr!!!! Yes, I do know what you mean,as Michelle says, if I didn’t I would say so. One of my favourite descriptive words though is “Tosser”, says it all especially when someone says “does that make sense?”

  117. Robert -  December 28, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    “Trending” is a tab under “trends” in the Dictionary.com iPhone app… :)

  118. kaedub -  December 28, 2012 - 10:15 am

    Is everyone and everything “iconic”? …or “a-me-zing”?

  119. Melissa -  December 28, 2012 - 8:25 am

    Obviously–In my opinion it is the most over used (and incorrectly used) word. I hate when someone is telling a story and they say “obviously…blah, blah, blah”. If what happened was obvious why are you wasting my time telling me about it, and if I didn’t witness what happened how is anything about the story obvious to me?

  120. Anita -  December 28, 2012 - 8:03 am

    Sustainable. Which is most often referring to describe something .. “Unsustainable”.

  121. Bill -  December 28, 2012 - 7:43 am

    By the way, what is a “lovely lady lump”? Heard it in a song, and was wondering to what body part they were referring. Just sayin’ (sarcasm).

  122. Bill -  December 28, 2012 - 7:33 am

    This comment is for the person who called people grammar nazis and conservatives (N), and for the person who said that all words are art (Melissa). I agree that language is fluid, but I think what people like me worry about is that words are used as a substitute for actual thought. I’m not worried about some teenager using the words “epic”, or “totally”. That’s just immaturity. I’m concerned, though, about society as a whole becoming immature. It’s evident in our immature music (three or four notes repeating themselves in most pop music), our television (Honey Boo Boo, Jersey Shore), and our politics (use of the words “honesty”, “integrity”, and “values”). Words are just a mirror of that immaturity.

  123. faji -  December 28, 2012 - 1:12 am

    Teenagers should be encouraged to be more cerebral in the use of english words. It is annoying when you find words like nau for now, kk for okay

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  126. Kylo -  December 27, 2012 - 1:08 pm


    As in, “use a colour that really pops”, or “this shade of green will make your eyes pop”. Perhaps this terminology is a fashion/beauty industry trend, but it is so overused that I cringe every time I read it.

  127. breeze -  December 27, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    At the end of the day, “at the end of the day” must end.

  128. Monica -  December 27, 2012 - 10:59 am

    Preventative is not a word–it’s preventive. Seriously! Puh LEESE! Where are you at?

  129. Monica -  December 27, 2012 - 10:50 am

    It would also be nice if the phrase about how we are “impacted,” not too bee confused with” constipated” could “go missing!” 2 b a gd txtr u r :) BKS R LIKE RLY LNG TXT MSGS!

  130. Monica Morris -  December 27, 2012 - 10:35 am

    (The) Last I heard, preventative is still not word; it’s preventive. And, how about “Where are you at?” I mean SERIOUSLY? Puh LEESE! At work I see laminated signs telling us (THAT) certain products or items need RAN or need to be RAN. You seen that one caming around the bend, or is it binned? (Lol!)

  131. Kathryn -  December 27, 2012 - 9:46 am

    Using “disrespect” as a verb instead of a noun……..please stop!

  132. Greg C -  December 27, 2012 - 8:53 am

    What about the constant use of the word SURREAL …

    Entertainers, celebrities, athletes seem to use this word when asked about their reaction to any victory, award or event.

  133. spud -  December 27, 2012 - 8:47 am

    my linguistic peeve is “at this point in time”. seems to be redundant. if i’m incorrect, let me know so i can stop agonizing every time i hear a “news
    anchor” use it repeatedly.

  134. Angela -  December 27, 2012 - 8:31 am

    “I’m good”

    rather thank no, thank you. Dreadfully overused.

  135. James Jenneman -  December 27, 2012 - 7:53 am

    Business jargon:

    Going forward (As we progress)
    At the end of the day (When we finish)
    Own/Take ownership (Be responsible for)
    Circle back (Revisit)
    Table (Not discuss at this time)
    Reach out (Call)
    On board with (Agree with/to)

    I know there are others that make my teeth hurt, but these came off the top of my head.

  136. Malcolm Hein -  December 27, 2012 - 7:39 am

    I desperately wish people would stop calling me “dude.” It’s time to make it a capital offense. And commentators using the phrase “beg the question” should be pilloried. It has nothing to do with asking the obvious question. Very simply, it is basing your argument on an unproven assumption. Finally (for here and now, at least) is the use of “disinterest” when the user means “lack of interest.” And I don’t care what your Funk & Wagnalls says!

  137. Rich Barnett -  December 27, 2012 - 7:06 am

    Not sure if anyone else mentioned this….the full comment list was TLDR (fully – sorry, couldn’t help myself), but the term “Hipster” that you mentioned I believe came back into vogue in the mid ’90s when Elaine Bennis on Seinfeld called Kramer a “Hipster Doofus” which was actually very funny and very appropriate.

    The term that I’m tired of is to “reach out” as in when some salesmen that I never wanted to talk with and leaves a message that says, “I will try to reach out to you next week.” Don’t bother.

  138. krystof -  December 26, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    OMG. Please never again to be used. I AM LIKE SO NOT AMAZED. Now, that is another good one. Why not the old fashion BOLLOCKS TO THIS!k.

  139. Mona -  December 26, 2012 - 11:43 am

    I hear people still saying, “totally,” and that’s a bit annoying. A phrase that I find over-used is, “at this point,” or “at some point.” Also, someone already mentioned the most over used phrase is, “at the end of the day.” I’ve spoke to people who use it maybe twenty times throughout a whole conversation, & I find myself counting the times they’re using this phrase instead of listening to what they’re actually trying to tell me. However, it also bothers me when I’m talking to someone & they’re trying to sound so intelligent, & come up w/all these big words, that they kind of get stuck on just syllables sounding like, they’re pronouncing a “long a”, as in late, or a “short a”, as in cat….so while their brain is grasping for the next best possible choice for an intellectual word to impress, one hears, a..a….um…

  140. VKJC -  December 26, 2012 - 9:13 am

    Someone, please define “breaking news!”
    Right now, I suspect breaking news is a regular news story a
    news station would be covering, if it really covered the news.

  141. Carry -  December 26, 2012 - 5:39 am

    “ing” words pronounced “een” like annoyeen. So annoyeen!!!!!

  142. Carry -  December 26, 2012 - 5:36 am



  143. lilly -  December 25, 2012 - 9:34 pm

    This is sooooo cool!! I like it!!

  144. Beth -  December 25, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    and literally…

  145. Beth -  December 25, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    I prefer to make up my own words. instead of epic, i use delicious. btw, you missed swag and like a ‘boss’.

  146. Wei -  December 25, 2012 - 8:07 pm

    YOLO, Gangnam style, and Swag (it didnt start in 2012 but it still exists)

    The acronym YOLO is so annoying. Its like cus words to my ears, and every time someone uses it i feel like im being strangled by something. YOLO needs to die.

    Gangnam style is a super annoying phrase and song now. My school plays it every day and people keep saying it. I even heard a girl say that we should be thankful for Gangnam Style. I understand if you like the song and all because everyone has their own sense of music but some of you are taking it way too far.

    SWAG is on my all time hate list. How come it seems to live on forever? Secretly We Are Gay, come on people straighten up a bit and throw SWAG out of your life. You know what it actually stands for now and yet you still use it. “Oh, look at my comb.” then his friend says “Swag bro Swag.” No. An action call s
    saggin also tags with SWAG and its very stupid. Pull your pants up.

  147. Michelle -  December 25, 2012 - 7:07 pm

    Over used phrases such as
    “seriously”- so when they dont say it are they not being serious
    “to be honest”- so for the rest of the discussion are they being dishonest?!?!
    “does that make sense?” mentioned after nearly every sentence. As the listener I will let you know if I don’t understand something. A condescending phrase in my opinion.
    Last but not least “specificity”- who says that uuuugggghhhh!!!
    Have they not heard of specification!


  148. You -  December 25, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    How about “legit”?

  149. Hopper -  December 25, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    Carissa, you may well be avid readers, but your spelling leaves a little to be desired. If you choose to make a comment make sure you can spell it correctly or it loses all validity.

  150. Amos -  December 25, 2012 - 2:52 pm

    That’s true K.K; as long as they don’t say ‘cool’ to mean OK.

  151. Anonymouse -  December 25, 2012 - 2:49 pm

    The only time I don’t mind the use of “YOLO” is when it is being used in its correct context. Considering the fact that yolo is a Spanish word (pulled from the infinitive Yolar, which means “to only live once”), I can understand when Spanish speaking or “Spanglish” speaking peoples use yolo or any of its conjugated forms (which consist of yolo, yolas, yola, yolan, yolais, yolamos).

    Other than that, I find it quite annoying; especially when people use it to justify their dumb actions.

  152. Amos -  December 25, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    The most over used word for me is “cool”! The only time I ever use it, is for temperature. That definately should go.

  153. nyb stalkers -  December 25, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    I like YOLO. Well it’s okay. And I think epic is…epic :) I also like the word amazing, mostly because I usually say awesome, but I love that word too.

    swag is an extremely stupid word, on the other hand. Who freaking created it???

  154. Builder -  December 25, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    @ doc:
    I looked it up. According to World English Dictionary…

    iterate (ˈɪtəˌreɪt) — vb
    ( tr ) to say or do again; repeat
    “to do again, repeat,” back-formation from iteration
    from L. iterationem (nom. iteratio) “repetition,” noun of action from iterare “do again, repeat,” from iterum “again.”
    Synonyms include ingeminate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell

    @ W.J.R Halyn:
    Iterate and reiterate basically mean the same thing. Using one or the other is not wrong.
    I do agree with you about the non-word “irregardless”. There’s no such word. The correct term is “regardless”

    My own personal peeve is the mis-use of the word “like”.
    “So we like went to the store and like saw a bunch of like really cool like clothes and like tried them on but like we really didn’t like… like them, so like we found a like cafe place and went in for like sodas and stuff, and like…” You get my drift.

  155. Crackers Mcgee -  December 25, 2012 - 2:04 pm


    eg: This video game is so addicting.

    The proper word you are looking for is addictive, get it right.

    I know this didn’t magically appear in 2012 but it’s about time this was corrected.

  156. April -  December 25, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    ZOMBIE & Apocalypse. How did those not make it on the list?

  157. John -  December 25, 2012 - 11:09 am

    Dear YOLO

    You live everyday that you are alive, and
    most people live more than 1 day. Most
    people only die once.
    Every time someone says YOLO, I die a
    little inside.

    -Your Doom

  158. April -  December 25, 2012 - 11:05 am

    Humpday, is one of those words that makes me cringe to no end. Why not say Wednesday?

  159. EmilyLove -  December 25, 2012 - 9:08 am

    OH! And can we stop with the “cray cray?” Please!? It’s not “cray cray”…NOTHING is “cray cray!!”

  160. EmilyLove -  December 25, 2012 - 9:04 am

    I fear there is no hope for humanity…. but YOLO! :P

  161. Snixxmas -  December 25, 2012 - 8:35 am

    YOLO makes me want to pluck my eyeballs out with my bare hands. It’s truly painful to hear. And Zac Efron has a tattoo of it so that just makes it about 1,000x worse. I hate Twitter with a passion so all Twitterspeak that is making it into normal conversation is bad news bears. And to everyone who’s commenting on here about how we’re all Grammar Nazis and conservatives…give me a break. YES, languages change and evolve and will do so until the end of time (hopefully). But it’s important to have people who can call out when the changes are really freakin’ STUPID. You’re welcome.

  162. JbChrome -  December 25, 2012 - 8:16 am

    Who’s there?
    “Armageddon” -who?
    “Armageddon tired of all these new, silly words.

  163. Thomas -  December 25, 2012 - 6:45 am

    Lets see if we can eliminate the ” LOL” -laughing out loud from our email, text messages and otherwise electronic lexicon. Why? Because it almost never applies to things that are funny or amusingly laughable.
    Then, of course, there’s “OMG” that must be abolished from every preemptively excitable moment and almost never rises to that type of occasion.

  164. Primo Adro -  December 25, 2012 - 4:19 am

    Yolo has to be by far the most degenerate word ever contrived.

  165. Andrew -  December 24, 2012 - 6:23 pm

    This post certainly unleashed an unexpected level of linguistic condescension. Too bad. The slang and idioms of a language change naturally over time, and whether one finds them annoying or not, all words have value in their ability to communicate any idea, however “uncultured”. I know that this is just supposed to be a funny list, Hot Word, but it really brought out a lot of unnecessarily harsh negative feelings from a lot of people. I have a hunch that it’s related to the designation of the list as being of words that are “the worst”, rather than simply “overused” or “ambiguously defined”.

    Do you know what would be cooler? A look into why some words become overused in the first place. When a word becomes associated with a lifestyle (e.g. YOLO) that itself is “trending”, the word’s usage will obviously increase. But for some other slang terms (e.g. bubble, fail, viral), what factors have contributed to their popularity? And for exaggerations or ambiguous terms used more and more in daily conversation (e.g. epic, curate, trending, impact), why are people opting to use them? To sound more cultured? Or more stylish? Perhaps, for some, more intelligent? That’s the discussion I’d like to see, not this “what words do I hate?” nonsense.

  166. Dagny -  December 24, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    The word “training” has no plural form. My first encounter with this usage was through a literacy organization.

  167. aws -  December 24, 2012 - 3:40 pm

    Way too much is used way too much.

    ‘Of’ instead of ‘have’, e.g. ‘I could of done it’ in place of ‘I could have done it’.

  168. Joe -  December 24, 2012 - 12:57 pm


  169. rah -  December 24, 2012 - 12:53 pm


  170. Tom -  December 24, 2012 - 8:18 am

    I echo the banshee wails of my 5th grade English teacher every time I hear “Exact same” or “same exact ” like, whateverrrrr…… One adjective cannot modify another. Adverbs modify adjectives: ‘ExactLY the same”. Not to mention that it is redundant. If it is the same, it is already the same. We already have the word “identical”, but perhaps that is a bit too abstruse.

    Secondly, “Amazing” needs to go. Everything is amazing. It is overused to the point that it has become meaningless. A few things truly are amazing, but their impact is lost in the sea of chaff by the trivializing of what used to be a contributing word. I envision a bumper sticker emblazoned “Easily Amazed”, except that so many people would need top have them that they would become like the yellow smiley faces.

  171. Kevin -  December 24, 2012 - 6:59 am

    YOLO, Swag, Bro or anything that you hear on Jersey Shore.

  172. GGM -  December 24, 2012 - 6:53 am

    I know this is a phrase, but when I was working in a bank, We were required to say it. “I am going to ‘reach out’ to so and so and discuss this situation with him. Every time I said that I felt like a Hallmark Card. “reach out and touch some one.” or was that an add for the phone company? What ever, if you said your were going to call so and so to talk to them about a situation, you were immediately corrected. I have never seen any company so hell bent on using a business catch phase, as ‘reaching out’.

  173. Katherine Gotthardt -  December 24, 2012 - 4:49 am

    As an aging 80′s chick, I am compelled to defend my continuing use of the word “awesome.” Like, I just can’t stop, you know what I mean? Besides, “awesome” is SO more radical than “epic,” IMO. LOL!

  174. Ryan -  December 24, 2012 - 2:36 am

    No. 1 word you didn’t mention: “swag.”

    Other than that, “curate” is not being misused at all in the context of webpages. I don’t even understand how this ended up here. You just don’t like words that have alternate contexts that involve the internet, or what?

    The rest I suppose can fall out of use for all I care. Although if you include “epic” you should include “awesome,” and “hipster” won’t fall out of use until the subculture falls out of fashion. It doesn’t look to be heading that way soon, by the way.

  175. Oprahhh -  December 23, 2012 - 10:51 pm

    Gangnam style.

  176. jeremiah -  December 23, 2012 - 7:57 pm

    no sign of “totes.”

  177. me -  December 23, 2012 - 4:55 pm

    gangnam style! that song is getting really annoying! I hate it!

  178. K.K. -  December 23, 2012 - 3:20 pm

    Well I will have to disagree with the majority of you, sadly. Don’t be mad at me, but languages change. Text language is okay to use, and it has been used for a long time. I mean, we say laser, not a beam of radiated light. We say puppies, not baby dogs less than 6 months old. We say books, not multiple pages glued together for reading. I think text is just fine, and I understand people may misuse it, but some of them have meanings just to shorten a conversation so people don’t waste a lot of time and energy trying to explain something simple.
    Not everyone has to be the same, people. Not everybody knows grammar like you do. We may know how to speak properly and know when to capitalize and when to put quotations, but keep in mind, some people aren’t fluent in English, others just don’t know. Please don’t be mad at me.

  179. onlyalittleneck -  December 23, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    Armaggedan. But now that 12/21/2012 is in the past, how about “taxmaggedan” aka 1/1/2013 if we fall off the (other bad word) fiscal cliff.

  180. Lauren -  December 23, 2012 - 2:38 pm

    YOLO is definitely the worst one I can think of. (Sorry, Grammar Nazis, for ending my sentence with a preposition.) I don’t understand the way it is used. Why would someone use the explanation “you only live one” to explain why he/she has done something completely stupid or totally reckless? Why? Why? Why? If you only live once, don’t take life for granted. Be smart. I completely agree with Sandra – don’t play chicken, don’t jump off the roof. Respect yourself… because YOLO.

  181. splash -  December 23, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    “Game changer”. UGH! If I hear this expression one more time I’m gonna throw up.

  182. Merry -  December 23, 2012 - 2:08 pm

    You know, Gangnam Style has been pretty annoying lately.

  183. jon -  December 23, 2012 - 12:38 pm

    outside the box…………enuf said

  184. jon -  December 23, 2012 - 12:36 pm

    outside the box ……enuf said!

  185. Fred -  December 23, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    He “literally” weighed a 1000 lbs

  186. Carissa -  December 23, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    @The Reader, please don’t assume all teens are like that. My freinds and I are all avid readers(more than most, but still evryone at my school reads)

  187. Carissa -  December 23, 2012 - 12:08 pm

    @Lucy Heartfilia, I’m in middle school, and I have NEVER heard that word. EVER. I’m just saying…

  188. gayle -  December 23, 2012 - 10:45 am

    At the end of the day, the most overused phrase of the last year,
    AT THE END OF THE DAY wins for worst!

  189. trajayjay -  December 23, 2012 - 10:36 am

    Oh, and i’ve noticed that people say stuff like

    and ConversATE

    though alternATE, seperATE, and appreciATE may be actual words, the proper way to say it is present, orient, and converse.

    We should present our project, but we should also alternate speaking roles.
    You should appreciate the fact that you’re about to be be oriented around this amazing museum.
    They tried to converse, but the librarian told them to seperate and be quiet.

  190. trajayjay -  December 23, 2012 - 10:31 am

    Swag is a word that needs to be beaten and murdered.

    And please, if you’ve ever heard yourself say

    “That bytch be triflin’” or “You wilin’” or “That shyt’s OD”

    Know that you sound ridiculous and I lose all respect for you.

    Although I adore the sound of “That’s one hella-ratchet-ass ho”

  191. doc -  December 23, 2012 - 10:31 am

    “Iterate” does not mean “to repeat.” It means “to speak” or “to say.”
    Re-iterate, therefore, means to speak again or to say again. Try a dictionary. It’s most helpful.
    To re-iterate that advice, look before you leap.

  192. Ian -  December 23, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Slippery slope.

  193. Greg -  December 23, 2012 - 8:44 am

    Why doesn’t anyone call a person anymore, it’s “reach out.”
    Why don’t we incentivize now; instead we “incent.”
    Why do we misuse “As Such” in place of “Therefore”. His dad hurt his feelings. As such, he hurt his little sister???

  194. SJ Parlin -  December 23, 2012 - 8:15 am

    “Nother”, as in “It’s a whole nother world out there.” Just use “other”.

  195. JJRousseau -  December 23, 2012 - 8:03 am

    WOOFY! High Level Crap.

  196. Mikey -  December 23, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Now, with Madam Hillary Clinton gone, perhaps we could, once and for all,
    put this whole issue of comprehensiveness to its comprehensive rest,
    (comprehensively, I hope…)
    Promise, it WILL be hillarious!
    Comprehensively yours Mikey

  197. mimi -  December 23, 2012 - 7:00 am

    what about the phrase ‘ya mum’
    personally i use it a lot but anyway…..

  198. Jason -  December 23, 2012 - 6:53 am

    “Literally”, “legit”, and anything that starts with “#”

  199. Sheila -  December 23, 2012 - 5:52 am

    What an ‘epic’ statement!! You have got to be an ‘amazing’ person.
    You demonstrate an extremely wise and benevolent disposition.
    Have you thought about running for office?
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  200. Molls -  December 23, 2012 - 5:46 am

    After months and months of language desecration not too long ago, my grown children finally stopped using the shamelessly inappropriate tag line, “That’s what she said”. It was good the first time, but it just became predictable and trite.

  201. Bubba -  December 23, 2012 - 5:06 am

    OrientATED -gaa! I’ve heard this time and again. Even used by people in the media. The word is ORIENTED, as in “I went to a Orientation session to get Oriented” not Orientated. When I was in Bangok I became Disoriented, so I looked at a map and found my way to Patpong and got Re-oriented. (or should that be Orientaled?) with a capital O.

  202. Brian D Brownell -  December 23, 2012 - 2:27 am

    Among phrases I find annoying: “No problem”…as a “polite” response to “Thank you”….

    “Thank you”

    “No problem”

  203. Katie -  December 23, 2012 - 2:26 am

    The english language changes throughout time. Its going to be forever changing. Remember the words that you hate will be liked and used by others while they will just hate on the words you like.

    However after saying that there are many words that i dont like i mean YOLO is ridiculous. There is a proper word for it out there that sounds much more impressive. But what is all this hating on ‘Awesome’ it is a good discriptive word which people use often but we all also use loads of words in the english language often so whats the difference with this word?

  204. Risha Babe -  December 22, 2012 - 11:01 pm

    Okay, text slang y’all. Anyone that takes a perfectly structured particle of the English lexicon and chunks a whole section of it deserves a thwonk on the side of the head in my opinion. (*Cue whiny voice*) But seriously people?? Keep it up and no one will speak full words…we’ll probably retro-evolve (making up words here) to baby gibberish…
    -Totes awk
    -Sesh (short for session)
    -fro yo (not the brand. the dessert)
    -YOLO me and you will get punched.

    oh and bubble in the sense that ‘everyone lives in their own bubbles’

    other expressions I can grudgingly live with. Understand, people, language evolves. Like Derrida believes, there’s nothing inherent about language. it’s all based on differences and what it isn’t (a word means something because it doesn’t mean something else) and therefore definitions will change. Tis the nature of language. Accept it.
    (Except there is no excuse for butchering the fat out of words like it’s beef!)

  205. Pete -  December 22, 2012 - 9:45 pm

    Naw. you guys sound like yo-yos on this one.

  206. Cupcake Queen -  December 22, 2012 - 8:27 pm

    I believe “cool” is overused, definitely. “That’s cool. That’s cool. That’s cool.”
    Why not more interesting words? For instance, why not words that we all know, but don’t use? “That’s smashing!” “Wow, terrific!” “That is totally groovy!” “Isn’t it wonderful?” “This is sensational!” Hundreds of hunky-dory words are forgotten and replaced with overused phrases! I hope this helps.

  207. Cupcake Queen -  December 22, 2012 - 8:26 pm

    I believe “cool” is overused, definitely. “That’s cool. That’s cool. That’s cool.”
    Why not more interesting words? For instance, why not words that we all know, but don’t use? “That’s smashing!” “Wow, terrific!” “That is totally groovy!” “Isn’t it wonderful?” “This is sensational!” Hundreds of hunky-dory words are forgotten and replaced with overused phrases.

  208. Casaundra -  December 22, 2012 - 8:10 pm

    The word “bestie” gets on my nerves…

  209. C.T. -  December 22, 2012 - 6:55 pm

    “Legit”, “swag”, “beast”, “boss”, “smexy”, etc.

    Because no, you are NOT “a smexy legit boss/beast!!!! SWAGG!!!!!!!~<3"

    Just stop. For the sake of humanity.

  210. her -  December 22, 2012 - 6:52 pm

    hashtag, YOLO, hipster, or rachet.

  211. Librachild1974 -  December 22, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    Ditto what Melissa said!

  212. isaiah -  December 22, 2012 - 4:49 pm

    how about “word”? or “swerve” haha

  213. Dan -  December 22, 2012 - 4:48 pm

    I would like “went viral” and similar usages of “viral” as a verb to go away.

  214. richard -  December 22, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    i would LOVE to leave the word “swag” behind please. pleeeeease.

    it has always sounded like a hybrid of derogatory words to me. like you should be insulted if someone looks at you and says “swag.” it also registers as an abbreviation of hygenic practices involving a vagina. “make sure you swag before your date.”

    Coming from the word “swagger”, it also seems to exalt a certain kind of hyper-testosteroned masculinity as an ideal. so yeah. no more swaggery please.

  215. Sandra -  December 22, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    At my high school YOLO has become one of the most annoying phrases ever. Why did you play chicken on the freeway? YOLO! Why did you jump off the second story railing? YOLO! They all say with a shrug and a grin. Absolutely idiotic.

  216. Amy -  December 22, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    What about “legit”? The abbreviation of a term intended to describe something as cool, or not fake, has ironically developed into a shallow term because of its overuse. One can fight the current by saying “legitimate” but even just trying to use the term sucks any depth out of what you’re trying to say.

    The problem with all these words is that a large community uses them only in mockery. Which, of course, backfires, only contributing to the pool of useless blabber.

  217. Grant -  December 22, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    YOLO must die. I have seen YOLO tattoos. Humanity is doomed.

    That is all.

  218. guidess -  December 22, 2012 - 12:33 pm

    The CONVERSATION. Suddenly, everything is a conversation. Guess what? Top level politicians never have a conversation with me, because I don’t know them. I don’t have conversations about generalized topics with the entire population for the same reason.. It’s so overused it makes me crazy.

  219. Rosalind -  December 22, 2012 - 12:27 pm

    Amazing–that word has lost all meaning to me.

  220. AA -  December 22, 2012 - 12:21 pm

    The epically epic epicosity of this epic list cannot be under-epicated.

  221. Jack -  December 22, 2012 - 11:58 am

    “Legend” or “legendary”, when it’s used to mean “awesome”.

    When incorrect use of a word is widespread like this, does the actual meaning of the word change eventually?

  222. AgreeWithThoseWhoChoseAWESOME -  December 22, 2012 - 10:45 am

    What’s in a name?

  223. Thalia -  December 22, 2012 - 10:34 am

    Totally, seriously, OMG, like (I, like, totally just…)

  224. Tom -  December 22, 2012 - 10:20 am

    Sometimes, “bubble” actually fits. At the school I just graduated from, it’s called the Bubble because it’s a conservative Christian school in one of the drug capitals of the states, and so it’s pretty shattering when people get out of the Bubble and realize that it’s actually dangerous to walk around at night off (and sometimes ON) campus, and that a lot of people in town don’t really appreciate the school being there.

    Otherwise, I’d have to say that it is overused when it’s not indicating a sense of naivete.

  225. W.J.R. Halyn -  December 22, 2012 - 9:27 am

    How about the word that immediately and irreversibly marks its speaker as a linguistic moron forever, the moment they say it? A word that is in bloody CONSTANT use on the CBC and just about every OTHER broadcast media! A word that every speaker of it has never even THOUGHT to analyze, yet continues to remain in constant, cringe-inducing usage.

    That word is “reiterate”. ….used instead of the simpler, clearer “repeat”.

    Everyone who uses it speaks it like they think it is making them sound more intelligent; yet, a moment’s careful thought proves the opposite.
    The word “iterate” ALREADY MEANS “to repeat”. Thus, to “re-iterate” means to “re – repeat”, which is as stupid as a double negative (“I ain’t not going”) or people who say “irregardless”. (“Regardless” already means “without regard”, so the “ir” is not necessary, unlike the word “irrespective”, which NEEDS the “ir” prefix to indicate “without respect”. So, if you’ve been wondering why people snicker every time you say “irregardless”, now you know. But I digress.)

    So please, please… for the love of English and a desire to comfort those helpless audiences forced to endure the idiotic and inane repetition of “reiterate” being foisted upon them by thick-headed broadcasters, call your local radio and TV stations and educate their managers to the fact that they can simultaneously lower the “Fog Index” and make things clearer by forbidding “reiterate” henceforth and forever more, and replace it immediately by the correct and utterly appropriate “repeat”.
    Further, having HALF the syllables, “repeat” takes less time to pronounce, and thus, after several thousand usages will have saved many minutes of precious airtime towards other more worthy pursuits. Pure broadcast economics, folks!

  226. Melissa -  December 22, 2012 - 9:17 am

    Gentle friends, language is art. In a free society there will be many genres, each popular with a core group of ardent fans, and appreciated by scores of others. Those that are so venomous in their hatred of a particular genre feel so because they fear the loss of their own. Not to worry, Elvis cover shows are still making lots of money and the Justin Biebers of the world capture the limelite for as long as their fans’ attention spans last. No need to hate- we can all get along. As a reflection of a diverse and changing culture, this list of overused words absolutely delights me. Art is alive.

  227. John -  December 22, 2012 - 8:56 am

    Anyways. How did that creep into such common usage??

  228. Nancy -  December 22, 2012 - 8:38 am

    “… reach across the aisle” stirs something dangerous in me, beyond my usual disgust at any vogue word or phrase. I tried to open a vein when I saw in an article comment: “he reaches across the isle.” That is so wrong. But I was laughing too hard to hold the razor blade. Which leads me to ask as I’ve been asking for a long time: if you misspell a word in such a way, how can you possibly understand what the word or phrase means?

  229. N -  December 22, 2012 - 7:29 am

    To all you grammar nazis and conservatives- languages change! They have been changing for, what, over 50.000 years and they will continue to do so. New vocabulary is testament to the ever expanding world view of the human race, and should consequently be embraced as such.

  230. Zaynab -  December 22, 2012 - 6:40 am

    I think ‘Justin Bieber’ needs to be removed!!! He’s been terrorizing the English language too long. It’s time for him to go!

  231. David H -  December 22, 2012 - 6:08 am

    And when did “gift” stop being a noun? You give a gift. You don’t gift. You haven’t gone gifting.

  232. Marc -  December 22, 2012 - 5:56 am

    Celebrity is a word that has been so diluted that it should be removed from the dictionary.

  233. Randy -  December 22, 2012 - 4:25 am

    The words I hate, “Skin in the Game”.

  234. carol -  December 22, 2012 - 3:00 am

    One phrase that makes me cring every time I hear it is “you guys”.
    What ever happened to simply using “you” when addressing another person. I’m not a guy and I detest being so designated.

  235. Ult -  December 22, 2012 - 2:06 am

    How about “swag”?

  236. The Reader -  December 21, 2012 - 11:18 pm

    I have a few words and opinions to voice out, and here they are. I like to think of YOLO as You Only Live Once, so you’d better have it last, rather bungee jumping off of the Grand Canyon without a rope. I still don’t use the term, though. Swag is a word that needs to be wiped off the face of the planet. Swagger is fine, but no one uses it. The TLDR is just plain stupid. Who would admit to being lazy enough to not want to read Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights? Especially when they are teenagers who, if they tried and studied, could easily read books like that? Well, I think I’m boring whoever might be reading this, so I guess I’ll stop. Thanks for reading!

  237. Leave a comment -  December 21, 2012 - 10:55 pm

    @Erik: It is strange, having a person be a “star,” but it’s not an overused word. Maybe “star” isn’t incorrectly used either, since it also means a person of great talent. I’d like to learn how that came to be, though.

  238. Jason beast -  December 21, 2012 - 8:51 pm

    YOLO SWAG 420

  239. MZ -  December 21, 2012 - 8:24 pm

    I mean 2012.

  240. MZ -  December 21, 2012 - 8:23 pm

    YOLO is the best word of 2013, not the worst.

  241. Lucy Heartfilia! -  December 21, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    “Confuzzled”———— ICK! SO overused by middle schoolers. It’s SUPPOSED to be a mix of “confused” and…….. well, SOMETHING else!

  242. Lisa -  December 21, 2012 - 6:16 pm

    Channeling. I’m so tired of articles referring to a star as channeling someone who’s dead. Buzzy is also an annoying non-word – eg. “This buzzy new restaurant…”

  243. Jenn -  December 21, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    I prefer YOLF(you only live forever(eternally in Christ)) over YOLO, which is very annoying and definitely overused.

  244. Kamark -  December 21, 2012 - 5:51 pm

    Oops. Two postings by accident. This is because the site said my first one did not go through. Some how, I am sure there is a person out there who would describe the error as amazing.

  245. Kamark -  December 21, 2012 - 5:48 pm

    The word amazing is overused by way too many people. It makes me want to vomit.

  246. Andrew -  December 21, 2012 - 5:03 pm

    “Debunking.” Spending an hour on google looking for articles that confirm your bias is not the same as disproving something.

  247. 2332 -  December 21, 2012 - 5:01 pm

    Shorthand is useful in texts, but should be eliminated in normal conversation where people should have enough energy to enunciate.

  248. Kamark -  December 21, 2012 - 4:52 pm

    I am tired of everyone using the word “amazing” to describe their feelings for a person, place, or thing. It is so generic because the word is used by way too many people and way too often. For example, this sandwich is amazing. We had such an amazing time at the party. The weather is amazing. Oh my God, you are sooooooo amazing!!!!!!! It makes me want to vomit. Haha.

  249. Ema -  December 21, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    xD YOLO. When I hear someone say that I say YODO. You Only Die Once xD

  250. Kate -  December 21, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    “mad” (as in “mad ugly” or “mad hard”)
    It made the user look stupid

  251. Erik -  December 21, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    I think “Star” as in “Pop Star” should be removed. I find it kind of strange.

  252. Grimstad -  December 21, 2012 - 2:23 pm

    The word that has bugged me when overused on news broadcasts is “unprecedented.” It is acceptable when discussing something where precedence is expected, but most things newsworthy are, almost by definition, unprecedented. The level of debt in an inflationary economy is constantly without precedence. In any areas where we constantly break records, whether in sports records or auto gas mileage or Congressional stupidity, yield unprecedented results. So what?

  253. Redditguy -  December 21, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    Someone knows YOLO is one of the most overused and stupid words ever invented by man.

  254. Someone -  December 21, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    YOLO is way overused and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard about the so called “fiscal cliff.”

  255. Gordon -  December 21, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    Nope, that’s precisely what “curate” means. Tough.

  256. Janeen -  December 21, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    It’s not one word; it’s a phrase and it drives me absolutely crazy! Baby Bump! I cringe everytime I hear it.

  257. Idiom -  December 21, 2012 - 12:38 pm

    Where is “Swag”???

  258. Kelly -  December 21, 2012 - 12:36 pm


  259. Jane Shelton -  December 21, 2012 - 12:07 pm

    Awesome is by far the most over-used word of the year. Please make it go away. Once it was a word that had impact, depth and emotion. Now it simply makes me turn and go the other way.

  260. Fritz -  December 21, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    “Meme” I think this is meant to replace “cliche” which I think works just fine.

  261. Karen -  December 21, 2012 - 11:59 am

    I am sick to death of cutesy words like hubby, wifey, and bestie. Why must grown adults talk like toddlers? What’s so hard about saying or typing the words husband, wife, or best friend? Or even the internet shorthand words DH, DW or BFF? Now the media is using these stupid-sounding words. UGH STOP!!!!

  262. Greg -  December 21, 2012 - 11:53 am

    Saying “absolutely” when a simple “yes” will do, thank you.

  263. Codie -  December 21, 2012 - 11:02 am

    There are some stupid words on here especially such as YOLO haha. Just listen to how it sounds haha. And i dont think anyone says hipster anymore. And humblebrag just sounds stupid and contradictory. Its one or the other. I still think epic is cool, perhaps not as cool as it used to be though.

  264. Cea -  December 21, 2012 - 11:01 am

    I wish people wouldn’t say
    Fri-DEE, Satur-DEE
    it is
    Fri-DAY, Satur-DAY!!

  265. barb ferguson -  December 21, 2012 - 11:00 am

    going forward – said by politicians

  266. Sutton -  December 21, 2012 - 10:54 am

    Literally. People misuse this. Awkward. People overuse this. The word, like, is never used correctly in a sentence

  267. Kahlon -  December 21, 2012 - 8:56 am

    I think it may have been in the list last year, but it’s still alive and well rearing its ugly head: fail. And the double whammy, epic fail.

  268. Bubba -  December 21, 2012 - 7:53 am

    ICONICICONICICONIC!!. I must hear this term at least 20 times a day on radio, TV, and in print. Hey, it’s a great word but it is being ‘done to death’ by rampant over use. Like too much chocolate, it is putting me off desserts altogether. I also have been hearing the word EXTREMELY extremely overused. How often have you heard a woman described as “EXTREMELY PRETTY”? -sounds glaringly Garish. A caricature of simple beauty. ‘BEAUTY’ does not require a Superlative. lt IS one already. Find a new adjective. Please!

  269. Iain Findlay -  December 21, 2012 - 6:45 am

    I would like to see the word “impact” or “impacted” retired back to its original ntended usage. “The area was heavily impacted…” Or “the impact will be felt for years to come” Affected or affect will do just fine.

  270. Adam -  December 21, 2012 - 6:16 am

    Couldn’t help but notice that the title of this page includes the word “trending”

  271. ROBERT MILLER -  December 21, 2012 - 5:42 am


  272. Brittni -  December 21, 2012 - 5:32 am

    This was quite an enjoyable list and I agree with your assessment that these words need to disappear…until the next generation tries to revive them and make them relevant once more.

  273. Mike James -  December 21, 2012 - 5:29 am

    like – Please!

  274. John Burgeen -  December 21, 2012 - 4:49 am

    I cringe every time I hear people describe something as “Awesome”. It has been overused. Come on people, stop it and try other words.

  275. Annette -  December 21, 2012 - 4:12 am

    ‘Wrecking ball’ – overused by politicians too.

  276. Amtu -  December 20, 2012 - 9:34 pm

    @Yolo : Isn’t that how all the word came to be?
    People use it popularly for sometime and then its loose its root and become word of it own.


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