Which Words Would You Like to See Retired in 2013?

“Zombie Apocalypse” made Time Online’s list. What would be on yours?

You know the ones. Words that are overused, misused, shortened and created to become part of our dialogue each and every day.

Anybody with a teenager can come up with a dozen or more, we’re sure. Around here, I hear “meh” way too often. The kids in our house don’t say “YOLO” anymore; that “literally” came and went during the summer and we’re on to more “hip” words and phrases around here. 

“Hip.” That’s a word you don’t hear anymore. "First World Problem" is one that I'd like to see just ... go away!

Most of us don’t even know what the “fiscal cliff” really is, yet it has become a part of our cultural dictionary.

Check out Time Online's list.

Which words would you see stricken from your family’s vocabulary? Are there words you would add to the list?

Racer X January 08, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Tammy- I think you found the word. One Blue ribbon for the lady please!
Good Grief Y'all January 08, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I very much doubt you pray FOR our president, X man. If you really did, you couldn't make the derogatory, unpatriotic posts that you do. If ever there was a prize given for an unnecessary comment with a not-so-subtle suggestion, you would win the blue ribbon for that one.
Karsten Torch January 08, 2013 at 05:00 PM
And the least addressed from one side....
Good Grief Y'all January 08, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Right, Karsten - the Republican side. People like you have turned a neutral word into a negative one.
Racer X January 08, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Karsten- Do not engage. Repeat, do not engage.
Good Grief Y'all January 08, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Racer, I'm sorry for you, in a way. It must be embarrassing to face defeat of your ideas on a public forum. You're fearful for yourself and your buddy. That's touching :D
Elizabeth January 08, 2013 at 11:17 PM
I receive a newsletter I believe may be of interest to many of the posters to this topic. The name of the newsletter is "SPELL", which stands for Society for the Preservation of English Language & Literature. There is a small subscription fee to cover printing and postage. The email address to get the mailing address to which to send the subscription fee and to request to be put on the mailing list is: spellgang@juno.com. While I cannot recall at the moment how often I receive the newsletter, it is not every month.
Kim Roberto January 08, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Ooooo....yeah, "R". Comprehensive is so overused I hate it. I work in the therapy field and we use it constantly as in "a comprehensive evaluation." When I hear comprehensive - ANYTHING - I cringe!!! You're right, nothing is ever "comprehensive." UGH. I wrote the word 4 times in this short blurb. I think I may be sick!
Amy January 09, 2013 at 12:13 AM
They must be fond of you, GGY. Even on a benign thread like this one, they had to come and inject it with a dose of vitriol.
Amy January 09, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Elizabeth, I've gone as far as signing a petition on change.org that calls for the preservation of the English language.
Mr. B January 09, 2013 at 12:30 AM
I am fearful for our country. Nothing more, nothing less.
Good Grief Y'all January 09, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Ha, Amy! I'm sure that's not the case, but sometimes it does make me feel younger, like a little girl getting her pigtails pulled in class. :D Other times, one of these two is just too over the top with ugly. Can you guess which one? ;)
Good Grief Y'all January 09, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Elizabeth, that would be good tool for English teachers.
Good Grief Y'all January 09, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Huh? Mr. B, are you on the wrong blog?
Racer X January 09, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Face defeat? I think not. I am sure, in your mind, you have always been right about everything your entire life. My awareness that I don't know everything gives me the freedom fly, to hear new ideas and grow. Your awareness that you are omnipotent chains you like a slave to your mediocre existence. I pity you sometimes.
Good Grief Y'all January 09, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Oh, dear, Racer. That's a bit dramatic, isn't it? If there's one thing in this world I don't need, it's your pity. :) Don't you worry about my existence. It is quite healthy and happy. I think it is you, sir, who comes off as overconfident, even arrogant sometimes. I think you must have a deep-seated problem with women. You don't show the same disrespect for the guys on these threads, even the ones who are liberal.
Amy January 09, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Can't guess which one GGY. I say it's a gruesome twosome.
Amy January 09, 2013 at 02:39 AM
"I'm over this!" Can we keep this one for 2013, and retire it in 2014? I didn't get my full use out of it!
Good Grief Y'all January 09, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Really, Amy? Haha! I thought it was obvious. Stay tuned. You'll catch it. :)
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew January 09, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Is that US Americanized English or the Queen's own? No difference between the two you think? If you say Fag on this side of the pond you're called a phobe, over there you get a cigarette...
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew January 09, 2013 at 02:46 AM
I'll never be over Macho Grande ...
Racer X January 09, 2013 at 03:00 AM
GGY- Actually I love and respect most women, especially my wonderful wife. How is your husband?
Amy January 09, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Okay R. Unless I go to Taco Bell, my spanish isn't that hot. I've never heard of Macho Grande...what does it mean?
Good Grief Y'all January 09, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Good to know Racer. Everybody has someone who hates them, I suppose. Would your wonderful wife, your mother and, if you have any, daughters be privy to the posts you make? Just wondering. If you wouldn't want your mama and daughters to see them, you probably shouldn't write so colorfully and pointedly at others. My husband is a very happy man. We have taken good care of each other for a few decades. The mark of a good man is first told by how he treats his mother. He was a very good son, and she rests in peace. He also treats all other women respectfully. He is a true Southern gentleman.
Racer X January 09, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Alright GGY- I'll spill. My wife was actually helping write the last several posts (She thinks you need hormones, whatever that means). I didn't mean any of the personal things I said. I was just illustrating to the Patch community how far down the dark path of immaturity you could be led. I'm done now. My apologies to the Patch community for this experiment. PS- Your husband sounds like an awesome guy.
John B January 09, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Oh my....GGY is perfect in every way...including home life with a wonderful husband. How we all aspire to be just like you...why would you think of sharing such nonsense like anyone cares....as you are working on your memoirs I took the liberty of defining some titles for you. "Mary Poppins Has Nothing On Me" by GGY "A Star Is Born" by GGY "Look At Me" by GGY "Surrounded By Idiots" by GGY "Ask Me" by GGY Get the picture....yeesh...
Lynn January 09, 2013 at 01:47 PM
"Racist." One of the most overused and improperly used words in our language today. Since my comment wasn't directed toward any one race -- speaking and writing proper English seems to be universally ignored these days -- and it doesn't indicate any race is superior over others, I don't think racism applies. It's sad. I'm back in school, and every instructor I have feels it necessary to specify all communications, essays, and other papers must contain proper capitalization, complete sentences, and no text-speak.
Racer X January 09, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Lynn- I'm right in there with you. My mother taught for 30 years and the Ebonics fad really made her sick to her stomach. We are in trouble because our government rewards ignorance and penalizes success.
Good Grief Y'all January 09, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Racer, pardon me if I don't believe that about your wife. However, it's possible since she already knows you only too well, and may even be complicit in your bad behavior. Hormones are a very personal matter. This isn't the first time you have used them in your comments. You've made reference to genitals, too. It is you who would fail a maturity evaluation. My husband IS an awesome guy. He should give lessons.
Good Grief Y'all January 09, 2013 at 03:06 PM
John B, you're paying way too much attention to me. If my husband decides to give lessons on how to be a nice guy and gentleman, shall I sign you up? For you the price would be very high, though. You would require a lot of time, with no guarantee of even a modicum of success. BTW, I mostly just answer others' questions to me. I think its rude to ignore folks. I share no nonsense, but I do sometimes answer stupid questions. Racer asked and I answered. I rarely pop in on someone else's conversation, and never to insult or snipe. You have a great day, now. :)


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