Let these words die

A new year always brings with it a recap of the previous one.

There are lists of notable people who died, as well as what celebrity brought a new child into the world with a silly name. There are recaps of the major events of the past year — the highs and lows.

One we always look forward to here is the list of words that were way overused and hopefully will just go away. It’s a list put together by Lake Superior State University, which is probably best known for being near Lake Superior (we’re guessing here) and for putting out its word list. This year marks the 39 year of doing so, so there’s somewhat of a tradition going on here.

And without further ado, let’s get on with some of the top words we really want to see disappear, as well as comments from various people who agree. We hope the first two are, well, the first choices for everyone, because they really, really need to go away.

Selfie: For the three people without smartphones, this refers to taking a picture of oneself and then posting it to some social media site. "It's a lame word. It's all about me, me, me. Put the smartphone away. Nobody cares about you."

Twerk/twerking: Just think Miley Cyrus doing something on stage. "Time to dance this one off the stage" and "The fastest, overused word of the 21st century."

Hashtag: Also known as the “pound” sign, it’s fine on Twitter but has moved into everyday speak. "It's #obnoxious #ridiculous #annoying and I wish it would disappear."

Ageddon and Pocalypse: Basically, suffixes added to any word to somehow make it more serious. "Come on down, we're havin' car-ageddon, wine-ageddon, budget-ageddon, a sale-ageddon, flower-ageddon, and so-on-and-so-forth-ageddon! None of these appear in the Book of Revelations."

Some of the others were “intellectually/morally bankrupt” — a favorite term used by politicians to show how awful their opponents are. And let’s face it, anything “on steroids” and dealing with one’s “fan base.”

So in this new year, we hope we can end the fan base of #selfies taken by people on steroids causing a twerkingpocalypse that just shows our country is morally bankrupt.



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