Today, it’s time for another installment of words and phrases that I am ready to retire from the English language. Why? Because they annoy me, and in my world, that should be reason enough. My latest language pet peeves:
- Awesomesauce. This is the word that inspired the entire posting. A blogging group I belong to used this cringe-inducing word not once, but TWICE in a recent email. Bloggers! We can’t wait to see the awesomesauce reports ya’ll will come up with for this campaign! I was sorely tempted to unsubscribe from the group, based on that sentence alone. What, exactly, is “awesomesauce?” I get that it’s a synonym for awesome, and yet its ickiness stems from the user’s cloying attempt to combine awesome with applesauce. I can just see blogger lady typing the term, grinning and shrugging, thinking how, um, awesomesauce she is. She’s not.
- Just sayin’. Okay, this was cool for about 2 months in 2010. Bloggers everywhere used it: I love hot fudge sundaes too, but I don’t weigh 400 pounds … just sayin’. Then much of Facebook decided it was in, and they began to use it as well. “Just sayin'” (and its cousin, for those uncomfortable with using the apostrophe, ‘just saying’), is basically a way you can say something totally rude, and then absolve yourself of all guile. Just sayin’.
- Do. It. Or any other phrase, as long as.you.put.a.period.between.each.word. This, apparently, is a way of emphasizing one’s passion/vehemence/decisiveness in a cool way. At least, I’m assuming that’s the intention. I found it avant-garde the first two hundred forty-three times I saw it. Now? Not.so.much.
- Fail. This seems to be popular with teens, who like to shout “fail!” in a loud voice after any failing they note in another human. For especially egregious shortcomings, they use the also-popular epic fail! Please note that “fail” in this case is used as a noun, never as a verb.
- At the end of the day. This may take the prize for the most useless phrase. Because, what does it really mean? “When all is said and done?” “When you come right down to it?” Then again, those phrases are pretty meaningless as well. I have come to see “at the end of the day” as a current verbal filler for guests on talk shows who have run out of anything substantive to say. And at the end of the day — I guess I can’t blame them. But I can be annoyed by them :).
- That awkward moment … I see this one a lot on facebook. It seems to be a popular start for the statuses of teens: That awkward moment when you realize you just passed by your BFF’s boyfriend in the hall! etc. The phrase was quirky and cute at first, but again, it’s way outlived its novelty.
- That’s how I roll. This is another phrases that I think originated with bloggers, trying to be all snarky and full of an original voice. But now, everybody and her brother use it, and, honestly people — we really don’t care how you roll. Just say what you want to say and let us care about how you “roll” if we want to.
So, there’s my list. What are your additions for words and phrases we should banish?