New words are being introduced into our language all the time. Five years ago we didn’t have man caves, gastropubs, or mash-ups. Well, we did—we just didn’t know what to call them.
With the addition of additional words, maybe we need to retire some of the tiresome ones Those words, expressions, and phrases that are bothersome, um, like, um.
Our language abounds with empty words and even tiresome expressions. Here’s a list of a few that it’s time to retire as we close out 2012:
Legit. If you can’t say the whole word, legitimate, then by its very nature doesn’t it become illegit?
Literally. As opposed to figuratively? Imaginatively?
Irregardless. Does this fancy pants word say anything at all? It feels like a fancy form of “um”.
Definitely. As opposed to indefinitely? Or are you simply unsure? Maybe we could relearn a simply how to make our yes, yes and our no, no, again.
Can I tell you something? You already did.
Epic. Epic tends to lose its epicness when everything is epic.
YOLO. You Only Live Once, but those who use this expression tend to say it a thousand times over until it loses it’s meaning and punch.
Sorry I’m Not Sorry. Did you really just take up someone’s time saying this? I have a hunch loving your neighbor means removing this from one’s vocabulary.
What word or phrase would you like to add to the list?