Argh, not everything’s amazing
Words worth scrapping, not #trending
Editor’s note: The following story contains some material, which may be considered offensive.
Are you sick and tired of everyone describing things as “amazing?” Has “occupy” been thrown around so much lately that it’s lost all meaning? Does the term “baby bump” make you want to punch a pregnant woman?
These are just three terms Lake Superior State University has found so revolting that they’ve released a 2012 list of banished words, so everyone else will know just how disgruntled they are.
The list tops off with “amazing,” probably because people got sick of hearing “awesome” so often, but lack the imagination to come up with something better. Personally, I’m super glad that “amazing” was included on the list as it’s become a lazy adjective and you wouldn’t catch me dead ever using it in my writing.
The amazing thing about this list is that it’s the result of student input, not just from the school, but students as far as the UK and Israel chimed in their opinions. After “amazing” the list goes as follows: baby bump, shared sacrifice, occupy, blowback, man cave, the new normal, pet parent, win the future, trickeration, ginormous and thank you in advance.
Not a bad list, although I’ve never heard the word trickeration before. It’s apparently used a lot by football analysts, but I think people could stand to use it a lot more in every day speech.
In my most humble — and usually right — opinion, there are a few words and terms the list missed.
First of all, anything with –mageddon attached to it. The most grievous example is carmageddon. Referring to an epic traffic jam in L.A., it started off sounding like a joke, but within hours every news organization was using the term. It’s not fun, this is news, it’s serious business, and it’s screwing up good search results when I’m looking for the old video game where I battled other cars and ran people over.
Since then, many news organizations have tried affixing the term to other stories, with much less success. It’s like a little kid taking his pants off in public to get a laugh, not realizing everyone is laughing at him, not with him. After a point, everyone is just wondering where this kid’s parents are.
The other word that’s really grinding my gears, totaling my rotor or punching my gut lately is the word retard. I suppose this is an issue that’s never really gone away, but it’s a poor and inconsiderate word choice for any situation. It’s derogatory towards a certain group of people, and wouldn’t idiot, pee stick or STD-infested jerk face work just as well, or even better?
Finally, the last term that I’m sick and tired of hearing is unfortunately one that everyone else seems to use constantly. It seems like every hour someone walks up to me and says, “Aaron, you so handsome.”
Look, I know how ridiculously good looking I am, and thank you, I do appreciate it, but I don’t need all the constant reminders. And if you’re going to say it, at least pick a specific part of me to compliment, like my rippling biceps, or sex-fantasy inducing eyes.
Just calling me handsome is generic and lazy, and will win you no brownie points.
Agree, disagree with the Lake Superior’s list, or mine? Give us a shout on Twitter, or stop by and say hi. Just don’t go out of your way to call us amazing — we already know we are.