In the wake of my last column, a friend took umbrage at my inclusion of “It is what it is” in a list of words and phrases that should be banned from the English language. “Some things defy explanation,” she said, in defense of the aforementioned term. One need only to look at the phenomena of Kim Kardashian’s fame and women attracted to Jon Gosselin to know that this is true.
When I declared a moratorium on “It is what it is,” perhaps I should have noted that I am as guilty as the next gal of spouting that throwaway phrase now and again on those occasions when my vocabulary is feeling not-so-fresh. In fact, were I to do away with my own stock of oft-uttered expressions, this column would be little more than a handy space for doodling. What one linguist calls overused and irritating, I call “the cornerstones of my biweekly babbling.”
So, in the name of increasing my word power, I hereby vow to (make a halfhearted attempt to) abstain from (or at least slightly reduce) the use of the following terminology (except when I really and truly need to):
“Meh” — It’s less obnoxious than the ubiquitous teenspeak staple, “Whatever,” and nicer than, “Your opinion is as meaningless as Kim Kardashian.”
“PWNED” — Derived from “owned,” meaning to conquer, it should only be used if you are 12 years old and playing Halo online while wearing headgear and watching “Naruto.”
“Full of win” — Victorious, excellent or otherwise superlative. Example: “Stephenie Meyers’ ‘Twilight’ series is full of win.” In addition to being blatantly false, saying this will make you sound like you’re full of something else.
“Conversate” — Please orientate yourself with a dictionary so you can learn that the proper way to pronunciate this word is “converse.”
“Not so much” — And yet it’s uttered TOO much.
“Cool beans” — This is ranks up there with “the bee’s knees,” “the cat’s meow/pajamas” and “easy peasy lemon squeezy” on the list of Things You Should Not Say Unless You’re Old Enough To Tell Stories About the Depression.
“Carbon footprint” — Mine’s a size 5, so how environmentally destructive could it be? Kim Kardashian’s buttprint, on the other hand ...
“Weak sauce” — That’s enough, Guy-Dude-Bro.
Combined celebrity names — Brangelina, TomKat and Bennifer are bad enough, but if this amalgamation continues, we could end up with Madonna + Simon Cowell = MadCow.
“Pop” — As in, “That red blouse really makes your auburn highlights pop!” Save this one as slang for soda or a nickname for your dad.
“I threw up in my mouth a little” — Enough with the figurative regurgitation, people! How about upchucking this term from your lexicon?
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