The English language has been melting down for years and the 2010s doesn’t seem to be the decade where the breakdown is reversed. If you’ve communicated with anyone recently, you’ve probably heard someone say something that has grated you.
On Friday, PR Daily’s Sharon Greenthal released her list of the 12 most annoying words and phrases of this decade. Some might make you cringe, while others might be surprising. Take a look at the 12 selected by Greenthal, and if there are any blatantly-awful phrases that got snubbed, feel free to leave a comment.
1. It is what it is
After years of interviewing athletes and coaches in college and post-grad, this phrase worked its way into my dialogue because I was hearing it almost daily. I think we can all agree it has run its course.
2. Man cave
I guess this is an obnoxious phrase, if you look at it from a woman’s point of view. But as a man, I use it frequently.
We live in a world of hyperbole. Apparently, we aren’t just talking like two-year-olds these days — we are two-year-olds, because everything we see amazes us. We stare on with wonder and amazement, or we at least tell stories like we do.
4. Baby bump
Quick — what’s the first thing you pictured when you read this phrase? Giuliana Rancic standing at the desk on E! News, talking about a celebrity? You totally did! Yes, that’s why it’s obnoxious when your friends say it.
See: world of hyperbole described in No. 3.
Translation: “I just lost the argument, and this is my pissy way of accepting it.”
The next time you hear someone end a story with, “I literally died,” you have my permission to de-friend that person. In life. On Facebook. Wherever. But please limit your conversation with people who don’t understand the meaning of a word as simple as “literally.”
8. Think outside the box
Oh, is that where you’re supposed to think?
9. It’s all good
This is my own personal tic at the end of sentences. I hate awkward silences, and I do whatever I can to avoid them. Thus, when I’ve finished my sentence(s) and nobody else is speaking, this is what fills the silence all too often. Yes, I am making a concerted effort to fix it.
Everything you do in life is a process — hell, life itself is a process. I don’t have issues with this one, but I can see why people do. There are some words that remind you of work, and nobody wants to be reminded of work during their off-hours.
11. Just a thought
“Just a thought, you look beautiful today!” There, now you’ve seen it used in a compliment. I bet it’s the first time you’ve ever seen this phrase precede a compliment. It’s always something negative that follows it. Maybe that’s why it’s so bothersome.
We get it — the Internet is a virtual world. We’ve all used it. Stop it.
My own picks that didn’t make the cut: Totes (instead of “Totally”) and Just sayin’.