Monday, December 31, 2012

For Discussion...

List: No love for 'fiscal cliff,' 'spoiler alert'
DETROIT — Spoiler alert: This story contains words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language. "Spoiler alert" is among them. So are "kick the can down the road," "trending" and "bucket list." 
A dirty dozen have landed on the 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The nonbinding, tongue-in-cheek decree released Monday by northern Michigan's Lake Superior State University is based on nominations submitted from the United States, Canada and beyond.
Fiscal cliff is probably the most annoying, through sheer overuse. You almost have to wonder about some of the other phrases, though - "spoiler alert"? That's been around for years and years. "Double down" has seen an increase in usage, yes, but "guru"? I dunno, maybe I've just let a sheltered life...

So, what words or phrases drive you crazy?

That is all.

12 comments:

Robb Allen said...

"That is all" drives me nuts.

;)

Ed Demers said...

"Common sense" and "gun control"

:P

Glenn B said...

"It is what it is" is one of the most ridiculous sentments I have ever heard. To me it virtually always indicates that the person saying it is resigned to acceptance of whatver it is about which he or she is speaking. It just about makes me want to slap some sense in the speaker each time I hear it.

Dave H said...

You don't hear it much any more, but during the first Gulf War "attritted" added 10 points to my blood pressure. "Utilize" is a classic too. ("Use" works just as well and is easier to write.)

I agree with Glenn B that "it is what it is" gets way too much air time, but I think slapping the speaker is a bit much. Maybe he needs to take a "chill pill." (Which is one phrase I think I would slap someone for saying. My wife did.)

Cormac said...

I'm with Ed on "common sense."
Think about what it means..."this is what's right because I say so, and if you disagree, then you're stupid."
I tend to automatically distrust people who use this phrase..

Bubblehead Les. said...

Assault Weapon and Magazine Clip are my current least favorites.

Anonymous said...

"Fair Share"

Anonymous said...

"Impact," "fair," "monetize," and "compromise" when uttered by pious-looking politicos.

LittleRed1

Mikael said...

"just a theory".

Anonymous said...

Using "revenue" instead of "taxes" in policy arguments to make it sound better.

Stretch said...

"Bipartisanship"
"Across the aisle"
"Fair Share"
"Social Justice"

Anonymous said...

"Twice as small/close" vs. "Half as large/far" and "20 items or less" vs. "20 items or fewer". Admittedly, the second grievance is a teensy picky and it will become correct after it has been in incorrect common usage long enough. Or should I say in usage short enough?