Time To Banish Words!

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It might be a little early but let’s make our list of words we don’t want to hear in 2014.

Time online is asking readers to vote on a list of 15 annoying words or terms. “Selfie” is a must for any list of awful words, but what the hell is “FOMO?”  I only just learned YOLO!

I may be too old and out-of-it to know all the linguistic outrages of 2013 (‘At the end of the day’ and ‘Reach out’ are perennials) but so far I’m on board with these:

Because + noun
Lean in
Cultural Appropriation

Okay, you can see I need help.  Suggestions?

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64 Responses to Time To Banish Words!

  1. ali says:

    Any variation of “babe”


  2. Kaz says:

    Enrichment anything…..as in Enrichment Class, Enriched Learning. This is big in education in Australia at the moment.

  3. Amy says:


    I don’t know if this is actually a regular word being used or not but living with a particular stoner dude it’s one my ears are subjected to on an all too regular basis. It appears to be a blanket term for anything and everything related to religion, power and politics. It needs to die.

  4. Dj says:

    Loathe babe…

  5. Sister Wolf says:

    dust – Hahahaha, I hate “chunky knit” too!

  6. Sister Wolf says:

    Amy – There is no excuse for using ‘esoteric’ more than once every six months, if that.

  7. Suspended says:

    I also hate “eclectic.” It’s constantly used by morons to describe their mundanely conservative style. Just because you shop at J-Crew and American Apparel does not mean you have a wide range of influences!

  8. Kristin says:


    Pop of color

  9. Emma says:

    LOLs – used as a spoken word
    shits and giggles – as ‘just for shits and giggles (Is this just an Australian thing)
    chart of the week
    our external stakeholders
    key contributor
    action item
    to dos
    dashboard (for software system front page)
    knowledge manager
    flamboyant – when describing a gay man

    I think it’s time for me to leave my job.

  10. Daisy says:

    Anything Jesus related that shows up in my Facebook feed as in, “praise the risen lamb” or “He is King!” or my very favorite, “have a bless day”.

  11. Kristin says:

    Oh, oh, oh: bromance!

  12. Neil says:

    “Keeping it real”
    Which normally means, “I’m being rude to your face, but because I’m keeping it real, it somehow excuses my rudeness”
    No such thing, you said something dumb, or you lied and got caught.
    “Totes bummed”
    Totes are a brand of accessories; umbrellas, hats, gloves, scarves etc. If you’ve ever been so upset that you’ve filled your anus with one, or a mixture of any of these – don’t tell anyone, unless they are a medical professional.

  13. Eliza says:

    I’m very amused by Time’s inclusion of ‘cultural appropriation’ as if this isn’t an actual problem and rather a whimsy to seek offense. Makes me wonder about your readers who left ‘male gaze’ and ‘check your privilege’ in comments.

    Personally, I hate raw vegans inclusions of raw in otherwise normal words, the original and most egregious still being RAWSOME. Oh the punches to the jaw they all dreserve.

  14. Dana says:

    Impactful, going forward, handcrafted.

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