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Words you'd like to see retired
« on: June 11, 2011, 06:48:53 PM »
I was watching a commercial and the word "epic" came up in the more recent slang-ized context of simply meaning very good/favorable, etc. and it got me thinking about words that have been more or less stripped of their actual meaning through colloquialism.

rock star(I know it's a phrase and not a word)-apparently sometime in the late 90s the word "celebrity" went on permanent vacation and "rock star" stepped in. It's bad enough when talentless hack top 40 acts that come from styles having nothing to do with rock use it but it's even worse when people completely unaffiliated with music at all are referred to as such.


ironic-get a thesaurus. Turn to the entry for "coincidental." Look in the list of synonyms. Notice the absence of the word "ironic"?


stalk-its verb tense used to mean to pursue something aggressively(even illegally at times.) People have had their lives severely affected by the mentally/emotionally traumatic fallout from this yet now whenever I hear someone talking about stalking it's some airheaded, self-important valley girl type who will usually start the "stalking" story telling about some ex-bf driving by their house a few times(which I do agree is weird and unacceptable) and I always call 'em out by asking the question, "so what happened when you called the police?" So far not one of the five to ten or so times I've found myself in one of these conversations did the girl say she did anything about it and I always hear them saying things like "I didn't want him to get in trouble" and one even said "but he was in law school" :\
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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2011, 07:01:50 PM »
"k"
"k."

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2011, 07:10:01 PM »
"Hater"

"Hating"

"Haterade"
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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2011, 07:13:07 PM »
All of the words.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2011, 07:18:41 PM »
"Creep"

Talking about the verb tense.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2011, 07:23:35 PM »
"Hater"

"Hating"

"Haterade"

Actually I'm cool with words that only exist as slang if their meaning is easily established without having to frame it delicately with proper context. My beef is when people blatantly use words incorrectly especially when there are other very common everyday words they probably already have in their vocabulary.
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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2011, 07:29:43 PM »
The words "actually" and "interesting" are way way way overused.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2011, 07:30:12 PM »
Awesome

should be reserved for something that truly inspires awe, that even perhaps made a few tears well up in your eyes

nowdays dropping your phone and it not breaking is considered "awesome". oh well
on par with the anguish one would have from getting unconsensually bent over and buttloved.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2011, 07:35:32 PM »
The words "actually" and "interesting" are way way way overused.

k.

Actually, that's interesting, I thought they were awesome and epic words, but I guess you drank that haterade. How ironic.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2011, 07:36:38 PM »
Oh James you're such a rockstar. I should stalk you.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2011, 07:37:17 PM »
Give it 20 years, ironic and coincidental will be synonyms.
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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2011, 07:43:22 PM »
Oh James you're such a rockstar. I should stalk you.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2011, 07:48:00 PM »
"Hella" makes me wanna yell gibberish at orphans.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2011, 07:51:48 PM »
"Hella" makes me wanna yell gibberish at orphans.

Cartmam begs to diff.........Oh, wait a minute.............
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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2011, 07:55:37 PM »
"Hella" makes me wanna yell gibberish at orphans.

You should tell Zeltard :P

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2011, 07:55:48 PM »
Butthurt. Oh what a retarded term that is.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2011, 07:55:59 PM »
"Hella" makes me wanna yell gibberish at orphans.

Cartmam begs to diff.........Oh, wait a minute.............
Essentially, Cartman is responsible for any crying orphans within 150 feet of me.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2011, 08:09:01 PM »
"Hella" makes me wanna yell gibberish at orphans.

Cartmam begs to diff.........Oh, wait a minute.............
Essentially, Cartman is responsible for any crying orphans within 150 feet of me.

Who are on crack.
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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2011, 08:09:35 PM »
Butthurt. Oh what a retarded term that is.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2011, 08:13:37 PM »
The words "actually" and "interesting" are way way way overused.

How about fascinating? If it was good enough for Spock...
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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #20 on: June 11, 2011, 09:52:31 PM »
In general, I dislike the overuse of hyperbole in recent years.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #21 on: June 11, 2011, 09:57:37 PM »
Albeit - I despise that word.
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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2011, 09:58:22 PM »
"Fail"

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Re: Can we do away with it, please?
« Reply #23 on: June 11, 2011, 10:01:23 PM »
'The'. Way too overused.
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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2011, 10:58:41 PM »
"Haterade"

I've never heard this before! :rollin

Give it 20 years, ironic and coincidental will be synonyms.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #26 on: June 11, 2011, 11:15:39 PM »
Came in to say the same thing.

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« Reply #27 on: June 11, 2011, 11:26:19 PM »
Not the word itself, but the way people have been using 'literally' lately.  For some reason they're substituting 'seriously' for 'literally' and it pisses me off.
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« Reply #28 on: June 11, 2011, 11:28:42 PM »
Not the word itself, but the way people have been using 'literally' lately.  For some reason they're substituting 'seriously' for 'literally' and it pisses me off.

Lately? I'd say it's been going on for at least ten years.
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« Reply #29 on: June 11, 2011, 11:29:50 PM »
Maybe it started in Canada. :p
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« Reply #30 on: June 11, 2011, 11:55:21 PM »
"Like" and "um".


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I felt its length in quite a few places.

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« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2011, 12:01:02 AM »
Those are by far the two hardest idiosyncrasies for any speaker in the younger era to break.

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« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2011, 12:02:41 AM »
And like the problem um is that like I still have like problems with like breaking this um habit.
I felt its length in quite a few places.

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« Reply #33 on: June 12, 2011, 12:14:40 AM »
During our senior project presentations we had this one kid who had the biggest pause of "ummmm, uh, and ummmm" behavior for 5 minutes. It's burned into my head, voice and all.

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Re: Words you'd like to see retired
« Reply #34 on: June 12, 2011, 12:16:26 AM »
"Uh/Um" is still a problem for me, but I've never suffered from hepalikeus A, B, or C.