Just Being Real About Words I’d Like to Ban

Today, I’m just being real about words I’d like to ban. Lake Superior State University has released its 38th annual list of words they’d like to see banned. The tongue-in-cheek list is based on nominations submitted primarily from the US and Canada.

In its history, the university has “banished” around 900 words or phrases. Most nominations come from the school’s Facebook page, and that probably is part of the reason some of the words abound in social media.

Here goes:

  • fiscal cliff: yes, I got really tired of hearing this one as well. I really think the term itself was a media creation, but I do think that most Americans needed to be far more informed than they were about the scary financial situation facing our nation, whether it’s a cliff, a chasm, or whatever.
  • kick the can down the road: really? Don’t know that I recall hearing this during 2012 at all.
  • double down: again, I don’t recall hearing this all that often.
  • job creators: Ha — this is a joke, right? Americans are tired of hearing about job creators? Oh, wait — I guess they are tired of job creators. Why get a job when the govmint will pay you to sit at home? “Uttered by every politician who wants to give big tax breaks to rich people and rich businesses‚Ķ” says Jack from Minnesota. You just keep drinking the Kool-Aid, Jack. Just keep drinking it …
  • passion/passionate: I hear ya. I’m sick of this as well. We get it: you like something. You don’t need to go on and on about your passion for it.
  • YOLO: I learned this one from my kids, “you only live once.”¬† Daniel, who nominated the term, describes it well: “Just gives people, especially teens, a reason to do stupid things. I find it annoying and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here.”I’m with ya, Daniel, although thankfully I don’t hear YOLO a lot among folks my age.
  • spoiler alert: I don’t see this often, and when I do, it doesn’t annoy me.
  • bucket list: Yeah, I’m getting tired of this. It was cool ‘n trendy a couple of years ago, now it’s just a tired phrase.
  • trending: Don’t hear it much; don’t mind it when I do.
  • superfood: ditto the above.
  • boneless wings: I don’t think I’ve heard of those, but really? How could a wing not have bones? I suppose you can tell from this that I don’t eat or cook wings.
  • guru: Wow. I’m so impressed that someone with my penchant for snark is so … unbothered by these words. Guru does not phase me a bit.

And now, the word I’d like to ban: Real.

Yes, really: real. I am thoroughly tired of hearing how “real” various bloggers/artists/speakers/whatever are. Just this weekend, the pastor encouraged us all to come hear an upcoming concert by a woman. He told us to come because he’d heard she was “so real.” Well, that was informative.

I guess this description emerged as a way of saying that a writer (or whoever) was being themselves/not copying someone else. However, and especially egged on by social media, “real” has become an excuse for giving way TMI on one’s personal life. People feel they can discuss their children’s gastric issues, their own personal foibles and more, and instead of being told to deal with it, they’re often praised for being real. Or actually, real. Because real when italicized is much more, well, real than just plain real or even “real,” now, isn’t it?

So, what about you? Which if any of these have gotten on your nerves this year? Do you have additional nominations?


2 thoughts on “Just Being Real About Words I’d Like to Ban

  1. I roll my eyes at the fiscal cliff, because it is so manipulative. It’s not as if they want to actually fix the problem! Don’t get me started… wait, should “don’t get me started” be on the list? Anyway, I never did like bucket list, because it always makes me think of throwing up… two others are “110 percent” or any percent over 100. 100% is completely adequate for describing someone who is giving it their all! And I am really bugged, bothered and bewildered by the phrase, “It’s a God thing!” I know people mean well, so I count ten and don’t say anything, but it always sounds so glib and disrespectful to me. There’s got to be a better way for a person to give praise and honor and glory to the living God when He blesses them in some amazing and awesome way!

  2. I hate geez or jeez. It’s, of course, a take off on Jesus, and thus blasphemous in my mind. I cringe each time I see it written or hear it spoken.

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