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50 Sayings That Need to Be Given a Rest

Dear World,

I don't know about you, but I sure am tired of hearing the following 50 words, terms and phrases. Whaddya say we stuff 'em all in that storage locker, between "Who let the dogs out?" and "metrosexual," and maybe break 'em out again, say, 2033-ish?



PS: If you want to bring back "Where's the beef?" I think now would be an OK time, at least until mad cow disease really takes hold and newspapers start using it as a headline.

And now, without further ado...

abstinence education
baby mama
bling (white news anchors are saying it without irony; it's over.)
classic (especially if preceded by the word "instant")
click forward and see what happens
cougar (meaning a female over 35 who has a libido)
encore presentation
_____ epidemic (usually paired with "drug" or "obesity")
faith-based initiative
for reals
hit me up
I'm lovin' it
intelligent design
The iPhone Killer
jailbreak (unless you're talking about Thin Lizzy or AC/DC)
killer app
lolz (or "lulz," or any word pluralized with a "z," for that matter.)
The Long Tail
man cave
married (to an inanimate object or abstract idea: "I do like this look, but I'm not married to it.")
new media
one man, one woman
own (as in an idea, style, or plan: "Who's on this new media plan? Someone needs to own it!")
post- (unless the suffix is "Raisin Bran," I don't want to hear your pseudo-intellectual lecture about it)
product (only when used in the singular; "products" is OK)
sexy (when applied to inanimate objects, like iPhones or fonts)
social networking
Start Biting Chumps
stimulus package (unless it's part of a dick joke)
the tipping point
unexpected error
vaginal rejuvenation

So what word/phrase/term are YOU sick to goddamn death of hearing/seeing/smelling? Express your linguistic lividity below!

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Dude, we got to have pr0n. Just trust me on this.

said E on July 15, 2008 11:51 PM.

Hell Lo. If you have Baby Mama, you got to have Baby Daddy.

For realz, monetize is the shiz-nit, biz-natch. Essplain the sub-prime leverage without the sexy collaterallized bonds. Whatevs!

Blogosphere, checkkity chek yourself before you reckity reck yourself.

No bling for you!

said E on July 16, 2008 12:45 AM.

Gas prices.

said TimmyIsEvil on July 16, 2008 1:20 AM.

Great list, but I can't believe you didn't include "epic win" or "epic fail". I swear if I hear or read those words again I'm going to lobotomize the part of my brain responsible for language so I no longer have to be subjected to that exhausted, obnoxious crap.

said KM on July 16, 2008 9:11 AM.

How about: pwned or pwnd or any other tense of the verb pwn? Hell, I'd like to throw that into the pit of Hades!

said Bigus Dickus on July 16, 2008 9:44 AM.


"irregardless" - get a diploma.

"grown and sexy" - I especially take issue with this one, because most people who use this phrase are quite the opposite. Most times, it translates to OLD and FAT.

Name mashups like "Brangelina" or "Bennifer" ...(said ConservaLiberCrat). For the record, I don't really care for that name either. It was given to me - very long story.

"I didn't get the memo" - it was kinda cute at first, but people ran it in the ground.

"Hells Yeah!" - why the "s"???

All things Sean Combs.


"war on terror"

...more to come

said ConservaLiberCrat_08 on July 16, 2008 9:48 AM.

If "cougar" needs a rest, you're either not male, not in your 20s, or are too tied down in a relationship.

Just so it's clear, its an older woman who targets younger guys just for sex, not just a woman 35+ with a libido. Very efficient.

said serotonin on July 16, 2008 10:03 AM.

E, I'm not saying we get rid of the actual pr0n itself, I'm just saying let's go back to calling it "porn." (Hey, if it was good enough for my grandpappy...)

KM, good call on that "epic" shit. Guess I'm just lucky enough not to encounter people who say it that much -- which probably also shields me from having to hear "totes" (meaning "totally,' as in "I'm totes jealous of your huge, throbbing stimulus package.")

Ditto "pwned," but I can see your point, Bigus. God help us all if "pwn" somehow melds with the above meaning of "own" and starts getting dropped in conference rooms: "Hey, did you hear about Jeff in accounting? He totes pwned that 6-month projection spreadsheet!"

"I didn't get the memo" -- maybe it's time to update that with something even more annoying, like, "Guess that one didn't make it past my spam filters!" That'll show 'em.

said Jeem on July 16, 2008 10:13 AM.

serotonin, I should clarify: I'm all for older women banging younger dudes (and/or younger women, or whomever they want.) In fact, when I was in my 20s I dated a woman who was 25 years older than me. I just think the WORD "cougar" has gotten overused, and where it once signified older women who specifically were on the prowl for younger men, now it seems to be applied to any older woman who expresses that she's not dead below the waist.

Now if you'll excuse me, my tube of KY and "Harold and Maude" DVD are calling my name...

said Jeem on July 16, 2008 10:20 AM.

I'm sure you could have guessed that I would like this one, matey.


said Johnny Wright on July 16, 2008 10:23 AM.

(a preemptive shhh!) Let's go ahead and do away with "fist bump" before it gains any more momentum. It's a corny, and the correct term is 'dap' or 'pound'.

"...side effects may include ________" or "...ask your doctor about _____"

"As Seen on TV" - it kind of punts consumers back into the 70's

"Rock the Vote" - that's just lame.

"soash" - not sure of the spelling, but more and more people are using that phrase instead of saying the words 'social security (number)'. "Okay ma'am it looks like I've pulled your account, and for security reasons, I'll need you to give me the last four digits of your soash". The Pit of Hades warms up a little bit each time that word is used.

All things "organic" or "vegan".

"My child is an honor student at _____"

"shoot me an email" - not sure why this bothers me so much, but I immediately liken it to "let's do lunch" from the 80's.

said ConservaLiberCrat_08 on July 16, 2008 11:07 AM.

I hate the phrase "You know what I'm saying?"

"Ya feel me?" (only appropriate when you're naked)


said Baierman on July 16, 2008 11:08 AM.

Baierman, I'll do you one better: "ya heard?"

said ConservaLiberCrat_08 on July 16, 2008 11:20 AM.

"Baby mama" should definitely not be used by Fox News to incorrectly insult Michelle Obama.

Cool post.

said Josh on July 16, 2008 2:48 PM.

Conserva, I think the correct spelling is "soc," at least according to S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders." The next time someone asks you for your "soc" you should call them "Ponyboy" and tell them to stay golden.

Baierman, I feel ya (wait, are you naked?) on "You know what I'm saying?" (The logical answer, of course, being, "Yes, I have ears and understand English.") But isn't it even more annoying when it gets muddled down into the contraction "N'I'msayin?"

Josh: true dat! (Wait, there's another one!)

said Jeem on July 16, 2008 3:17 PM.

"It is what it is." - If it was, it would be self-evident. If it isn't, then why lie to everyone? I resolve to club the next person who uses this phrase as if he were a baby seal and I was a clubber of baby seals. Then, at the funeral, I will wear my new coat fashioned from his flesh and denigrate his memory by regaling people with tales of what a liar they were in life. As in, "He said it was what it was, but it wasn't!"

We could replace it with "It isn't what it isn't."

If you insist.

said Don't Swayze Bro on July 16, 2008 3:53 PM.

My ll time hateful words, all indicitive of new age ploitically correct bullshit:


DISENFRANCHISED makes me want to puke

said sickandtard on July 16, 2008 5:44 PM.

Did that guy mean to write "sick and tired" and it come out "sick and tard?"

said Johnny Wright on July 16, 2008 6:06 PM.


said E on July 16, 2008 6:13 PM.

Johnny, not sure. Thought it may have been a phonetic Southern accent, but I didn't see any telltale "y'alls" that may have backed this theory up.

E, I can't say I've heard that word in abundance lately or anything, but yeah, pretty much any time you hear it, brace yourself for an earful of uppity bullshit, especially if I'm using it.

said Jeem on July 16, 2008 9:38 PM.

I agree with whoever said "pwned" and I'll add its hateful cousin: "teh."

Also, can we stop referring to things as a "teaching moment."

I'd also like to retire "really?," in a tone of voice that says "Are we really resorting to THAT?"

said Tom on July 17, 2008 4:04 PM.

'I could (meaning couldn't) care less' - WTF is that all about?

said stoat100 on July 19, 2008 6:27 AM.

In my company, we down't just "own" things, we "take ownership of" them. This is a handy way to waste five syllables instead of just one.

Example: "We need someone to be proactive, step up, and take ownership of this process."
Just a pretentious way for a boss to say, "Do your job."

said Wheelz on July 31, 2008 8:59 AM.

P.S. I just realized how late I am in joining this conversation. Sorry; I am brand-new to YBNBY. So shoot me. (Hey, there's another one!)

said Wheelz on July 31, 2008 9:03 AM.

It gives me hives everytime I hear:

Sweeeeet, Whatever (all by itself?, Bling (I know it's listed but the word is so CORNY), Groovy, Git'R'Done, and My Bad!! Not to mention "Text Speak".
Please, people, try to be original.

said Sophia on July 31, 2008 9:59 AM.

Wheelz, good call -- "take ownership of" IS even more obnoxious. (And better late than never, by the way -- welcome!)

Sophia, "Git'R'Done" did cross my mind as I was compiling this list (what the hell does it even mean, anyway?), but I guess I was being optimistic in my hope that that particular phrase WAS being given a rest already. But perhaps not...

said Jeem on July 31, 2008 10:20 AM.

Nosh. I hate that word, or maybe just the people that use that word. It has a less than appetizing effect on me.

said k8 on July 31, 2008 12:00 PM.

Do people you know still say that, k8? It may be time to change your identity and move to a different town. But of course, then you run the risk of ending up, in a Twilight Zone-esque twist of fate, living in a town where people still "do" lunch.

(By the way, if anyone wants to add "___-esque" to the list, my feelings won't be hurt.)

said Jeem on July 31, 2008 12:25 PM.

I hate myself alot when I use a few things inappropriately. I use the word so entirely to often as in "That was SO cool". I use like a little too much for my own liking and for some odd reason the word dude has re-entered my language. Nothing is worse than cringing when you hear yourself speak.

Can we ad "Like/As I said" to the list as well as "Ain't"?

said Jeni Gump on August 8, 2008 10:53 AM.


said MAK on September 4, 2008 11:12 AM.

Yeah, I guess I'm getting pretty sick of hearing about Sarah Palin, too, MAK.

said Jeem on September 4, 2008 11:27 AM.
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