Worst Cliches Of 2007

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Michigan’s Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie compiled a list of overused and tiresome phrases and cliches after receiving thousands of submissions.  It is suggested that we retire this phrases.

They are as follows (in order from worst to not-as-worse):

PERFECT STORM — a phrase used to describe any event that comes together as a result of other events

WEBINAR — A seminar on the web.  I confess to having never heard this but I agree with this guy:

"Yet another non-word trying to worm its way into the English language due to the Internet. It belongs in the same school of non-thought that brought us e-anything and i-anything." — Scott Lassiter, Houston, Texas.

Yeah, I hate e-anything and i-anything too.

WATERBOARDING — Refering to torture, not boogie boarding on water.  Sadly, I don’t think we can get rid of this word just yet, as it is in the news.

ORGANIC — Overused and misused to describe not only food, but computer products or human behavior, and often used when describing something as "natural".  You can see it on everything from shampoo to cereal to dog food.

WORDSMITH/WORDSMITHING — Creative use of words to hide meaning.  I actually kinda like this phrase.

AUTHORED — "Author" is a noun, not a verb.  You don’t meet people who "paintered" a painting, yes?

POST 9/11 — Yeah, I’m sick of this one too.

SURGE — No longer refers to electrical power or storms.  Just military.  And about everything else.

GIVE BACK — As in, "I just wanted to give back…", meaning to contribute to the community.

‘BLANK’ is the new ‘BLANK’ or ‘X’ is the new ‘Y’ — As in, "50 is the new 30" or "Orange is the new pink" or "Thursday night is the new Friday night" and so on and so on….

BLACK FRIDAY — The day after Thanksgiving when everyone goes shopping (followed by the equally annoying phrase "Cyber Monday", when everyone does there online shopping)

BACK IN THE DAY — It used to mean decades ago, but now people are using it to refer to a few years ago — like, "Back in the day when phones didn’t have built-in cameras…."

RANDOM — Teenagers use this alot, e.g., "That guy is so random".  I don’t know what it means in that context.

SWEET — Like "awesome", but sweeter.

DECIMATE — People have been using this word wrong for years.  It actually means to destroy one-tenth of something.  If I "decimate" you, I’m not really doing much damage.  Unfortunately, people use it to mean "annihalate" which is total devestation.

EMOTIONAL — Overused by reporters to describe a scene or a news story or a person.

POP — Overused on decorating shows, as in, "The addition of the red wainscotting really makes this room POP".

IT IS WHAT IT IS — Well, duuuuh!

UNDER THE BUS — Where people get thrown a lot these days.