We’re “word people,” right? Bloggers, writers, readers–we live for words and words live through us. It’s fair to say that people and words have a vested interest in each other (if words were able to think on their own, which sometimes I think they do, especially when they decide not to cooperate with me).
Because you’re like me–a “word person”–I bet you find certain buzz words or even non-words that become buzz words kind of, well, annoying. And I’m not even talking about horrible grammar, which is a good thing, for obvious reasons.
Here are some of my picks for the top Drive-Me-Up-The-Wall Words/Non-Words of 2012.
“Fiscal Cliff.” So here’s the thing. “Cliff” is a place, like someplace you’d rather not drive off of or
crazy adventuresome people like to climb up? “Fiscal” has something to do with finances, but whose? That’s anybody’s guess. Why am I constantly bombarded by these two words as if they have anything to do with one another? Can people just name national crises by jamming two words together? If people can make up inane conditions, why aren’t we discussing the obvious ethical sinkhole in government?
“Epic.” Remember when “epic” meant heroic, majestic, or impressively great? Maybe even just a really, really long poem? I just heard it used to describe how bad a cartoon was. “Well, that was an epic fail.” Huh?
“Humblebrag.” Yup. People are using this new word to describe the act of trying to sound humble while really bragging. “I really wish I could respond to all of my Face Book, Twitter, and blog followers, but I just don’t have time, what with all the charity work I do. I almost wish I was like you and wasn’t so popular.”
“TLDR.” This stands for too long, didn’t read. If you already knew that, I’m giving you the Stink Eye right now.
“Trending.” This is just another noun that has been verbified. “What’s trending on Twitter?” If you would have asked that question five years ago, someone would have probably whisked you off for a psych evaluation. Think about it.
“Hashtag.” Remember when the “#” was the symbol for the pound? Not the currency in the UK, but for the weight that we don’t want to gain any more of than we already have. Now we actually say “hashtag” like we say “dot,” “quote, unquote,” and “at” (@). Period.
“YOLO.” It’s bad enough that people are using an abbreviation for you only live once, but YOLO has also been verbified. “It’s a beautiful night for YOLOing.” This makes no sense on so many levels that I don’t mind that this sentence makes no sense.
In honor of the TLDR crowd, I’m stopping here. But I have a so many more pet peeves in the Butcher the Language Department.
I’m sure you have your favorite love-to-hate words or phases. What are they? Now is your chance to cleanse your linguistic soul!