Overused Words and Phrases

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Lake Superior State University has an annual list overused words. For 2007 they were:

Perfect storm
Webinar
Waterboarding
Organic
Wordsmith/wordsmithing*
Post 9/11
Give back
Author/authored
‘Blank’ is the new ‘Blank’ or ‘X’ is the new ‘Y’
Surge
Black Friday
Back in the day
Decimate
Random
Sweet
Emotional
Pop
It is what it is
Under the bus

*Oh, the irony.

Via. And…

Top Ten Most Annoying Phrases according to Oxford University

1 – At the end of the day
2 – Fairly unique
3 – I personally
4 – At this moment in time
5 – With all due respect
6 – Absolutely
7 – It’s a nightmare
8 – Shouldn’t of
9 – 24/7
10 – It’s not rocket science

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0 Responses to Overused Words and Phrases

  1. Eric says:

    Whenever I hear or see someone use the term “webinar”, I have a barely suppressible urge to hit the user over the head with a lead pipe. On the other hand, the term does serve the quite useful function of signaling the fact that whatever is to be presented in the “webinar” will be utterly worthless.

  2. ebuz says:

    Is it just me, or is the phrase “to be sure” equally worth of the most annoying list?

  3. Ann Bartow says:

    ebuz, that definitely should be on the list