Loading...
The Daily Dose Blog The Daily Dose Blog Home

2012's worst words

Try as you might to avoid them, these irksome terms likely crept into your vocabulary.

By Britt Olson MSN Living Editor Dec 21, 2012 3:54PM

No matter the conscious resistance that we mount, buzzwords have a way of worming into our vocabulary like lexical pathogens. Each year certain phrases become the communicable disease of our discourse.

Photo: Richard Drew/APYou may roll your eyes when your “hipster” colleague refers to something as “artisanal,” but hours later you’ll be gushing over vegan chicken broth bouillon cubes that can only be described as “glocal” for reasons obscure to you and to the person whom you’ve made your unfortunate confidant.

Some expressions seem to exist only to make us realize that we are no less obnoxious than anyone else. Everyone is susceptible to trends in talk. At the Atlantic Wire, Jen Doll glosses the year’s most overused and loathsome vernacular. You may want to strike some of these words from your vocabulary in the new year, if you can.

More from Living: 20 Pinterest crafting 'fails'

The verb “curate” gets called out for dressing up the mundane act of aggregating web content. Many sites claimed to be masterful custodians of crowd-sourced material in 2012. But a word that connotes the careful selection of works for a museum hardly applies to sites whose primary goal is to amass free content.

The presidential election provided plenty of opportunities for “gaffes” and the use of that noun.

“Fiscal cliff”, a combination of expiring tax cuts and government spending cuts scheduled to become effective Dec. 31, was also featured ad nauseum in our political discourse, and looks to continue to.

More from Living: Ugly holiday sweaters

Then there was the unfortunate suggestion of “legitimate rape” that also surfaced this election year.

Several perennial adverbs and adjectives made the list for overuse: “historic,” “epic,” “actually” and “literally” being obvious cases of depleted meaning.

Internet culture spawned the “meme”, a short phrase or picture that goes viral, and this year’s Oxford American Dictionary word “GIF”, which stands for Graphics Interchange Format. 

Online conversational expressions such as “jeah” and the sinister laugh “hehehe” also make the Atlantic Wire’s list. So did the acronyms “YOLO” (you only live once) and “TLDR" (too long, didn't read).

Photo: Richard Drew/AP

Bing: Worst movies of the year.

More from The Daily Dose:
Unknown Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale found
Why mistletoe and poinsettias are everywhere this time of year
Gender gaps in pay: Worst and best states
Subscribe to the Daily Dose

113Comments
Dec 21, 2012 11:16PM
avatar
Any word or phrase that contains the letters f-u-c- and k in that order. Anyone who uses any of those words or phrases is not impressing everyone within earshot even though that may be the intent. Hey look at me, I can use foul language and my momma won't hit me. The fact is, people immediately pigeonhole you as an ignoramus.
Dec 21, 2012 10:51PM
Dec 21, 2012 10:38PM
avatar
Hey, we can apply these overused sayings to one of our very own haters, Mr. "what I would really DO."  Dude, Obama won the election and he is your President.  Go to your nearest mental health clinic, enroll in an anger management class and then just  "get over it."
Dec 21, 2012 10:35PM
avatar
THE WORST WORD is "Awesome". Everybody uses it to describe everything. PLEASE get a Thesaurus or SOMETHING and find another word. GAGGGGHHHH!


Dec 21, 2012 10:34PM
avatar
Try as I might, I can't find an actual list on this site, and the link to Atlantic Wire appears to be broken (error 404). But I sure hope that "Trending" made the list, wherever it might be.
Dec 21, 2012 10:20PM
avatar

the worst phrase that I can't stand is when someone screws up and says

"my bad"..............where do they get these phrases from????

Dec 21, 2012 10:12PM
Dec 21, 2012 10:10PM
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

inspire: live a better life

  • Getty Images

    One hour a week is all you need to get more stuff done

    Take this advice to finally tackle that nagging to-do list.

  • Theodor Seuss Geisel at his desk John Bryson Time Life Pictures Getty Images // Theodor Seuss Geisel at his desk John Bryson Time Life Pictures Getty Images (Theodor Seuss Geisel at his desk John Bryson Time Life Pictures Getty Images)

    Search: Celebrating Doctor Seuss

    The iconic storyteller would have been 110-years-old

  • Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister

    Women who inspire us

    Take the time to appreciate women’s contributions to society. Here are some of the women who inspire us by their example.

  • Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Barry Williams & Maureen McCormick // Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Barry Williams & Maureen McCormick (Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Barry Williams & Maureen McCormick)

    Search: 'Brady Bunch' reunion

    Cast of the iconic TV show reunites for Florence Henderson's birthday

  • Inspiring Olympic Moment: Madge Syers Competes With the Men

    The most inspiring Olympic moments for women

    We couldn’t be more excited to watch the best athletes in the world compete at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. This year, about 44 percent of the competitors are women according to the International Olympic Committee—which is awesome but wasn’t always the case. Let’s look back at some of the amazing women who paved the way with incredible, memorable feats of girl power.

  • Tino Tedaldi\Getty Images

    Smart, easy ways to earn extra money

    Still pulling yourself out of holiday credit card debt? Ready to pool some funds for that beach vacation you've been dreaming about at your desk? We're with you 100 percent.

Loading...
about rich maloof
Loading...
buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
inspire videos
editor's picks
Loading...