back in the day, i randomly decimated the post 9/11, organic, emotional pop of the “it is what it is” surge, and authored a perfect storm that threw “waterboarding is the new give back” under the bus.

Every year, Lake Superior State University publishes a list of overused words from the year before. The list is below, but for the reasoning behind each one, check out the official list.

Perfect storm

Webinar

Waterboarding

Organic

Wordsmith/wordsmithing

Post 9/11

Give back

Author/authored

‘Blank’ is the new ‘Blank’ or ‘X’ is the new ‘Y’

Surge

Black Friday

Back in the day

Decimate

Random

Sweet

Emotional

Pop

It is what it is

Under the bus

(btw, i used 15 of 19 in that subject line! c’mon, i dare ya to try to beat that!)

bonus: words i overused in 2007…

disequilibrate/disequilibration

ideate

dude

bro

totally

incredible/incredibly

double bonus: because i’m feeling snarky tonite, words blog friends overused in 2007…

tony jones: pericope

kurt johnston: simply

bob carlton: neat; bluh

mark riddle: inFERence

scot mcknight: part (as in “part 43, part 44, etc”)

doug pagitt: fantastic!

how about you? what words did you overuse?

19 thoughts on “back in the day, i randomly decimated the post 9/11, organic, emotional pop of the “it is what it is” surge, and authored a perfect storm that threw “waterboarding is the new give back” under the bus.”

  1. Hey now – surely sweet as cannot count as it’s a cultural phenomenon. It’s practically another language. ;-) yup, however. I didn’t even realise what a language crutch (you know, the words you use to fill the gaps when you’re too lazy to construct a better sentence) ‘however’ was until you made this post. Phew. You’re making the world a better place one word at a time Marko.

  2. COOL!

    I know, it’s old, and I feel a dark sense of shame every time I say it, especially at work.

    And we try not to throw our bosses under the bus, EVER.

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