Monday, January 11, 2016

Words I Wish We'd Stop Using In 2016

I'm really feeling my age these days when I see things posted on social media. People are using words that I haven't even heard of. There are some words that make me cringe. Maybe I'd use them if I were a teenager. Maybe. I do remember walking around shrieking "SIKE!"

I can't help but wish the following words would go away forever.






Selfie. I know millions love it. Millions use it. But I can't. It's an awful word that makes me wince. I rank it right up there with the word moist. The word is getting worse, if you can believe it. I read in a magazine that people are now using the hashtag HEALTHIE when they take gym photos. No. Please no. Natalie wanted a shirt that said "Believe in your selfie." I said no way. I can't. My eyes.


Bro. Do men get irritated when people they barely know are all, "Hey bro!" Because I would. I'd be like, "Who the hell ARE you? What's with the bro? Do you even know my name?" Maybe men are spouting "bro this" and "bro that" because they've forgotten their companion's name? I mean, my husband forgets to put the toilet seat down even though I remind him often, so it's plausible..


Bae. I had to look this one up. It means 'before anyone else.' It also means poop in Danish, and this is what I immediately think of when I see a photo tagged with BAE. It takes all my might not to go, "Oh, you're hanging out with poop today? Gross."


Amazeballs. "The Tudors are amazeballs!" Um, not they aren't. They are awesome. Not amazeballs.


Adorbs. "Your daughter looks adorbs!" Sometimes I get this comment when I share photos of her. I always want to say, "Adorable, you mean?"


Jelly. Not the spread. As in "You got a gift card to Target? I'm SOOO jelly!" When I first heard this I really did go, "What?" And the girl was like, "You know, jealous?" And I went, "Why didn't you just say jealous then?" and she had the nerve to blink at me as if I were the crazy one.


On fleek. I had to look this one up too. It means on point. Why people aren't just saying on point is beyond me. People will post a photo of themselves and say something like, "My outfit is on fleek today." I want to say, "You look great. I can't say on fleek. I'm in my thirties."


Totes. Not the storage bin. Totes means totally. I sometimes watch E! News and some of the hosts are around my age and they're all, "She looks TOTES AMAZEBALLS after giving birth only two weeks ago. I'm so jelly!" I really want to tweet them, "I'm sorry, are we speaking teen now? What the hell?"



Maybe it hurts my eyes because I love the English language so much. I still feel a shock when I see a grown adult use the improper your after all. I almost want to text back, "Try again," if someone sends me a text filled with U and UR for you and your.

And I am getting older. I know that's another part of it.

Still. I wish we'd dump all these words before my daughter starts using them. Just the other day she was like, "My friend got a bunch of new Shopkins and I'm SOOOO jelly."

I told her to knock it off. But if these words won't go, I can see her spouting them left and right just to annoy me.

Help.

32 comments:

  1. Lmfao! These are the words de jour. I just learned that "hunty" is a combo of honey and um, well, the "c" four letter word. Also, there is "thot"-that ho over there.
    Hahaha. Can we ban selfie sticks too?

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  2. I feel the same way! Hate all these words!

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  3. I am actually okay with the younger generations using these words because when I was a teenager we had our slang words...but when an older person (30 and above) uses it in everyday language...then its just sad...sad I say :-)

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  4. I don't mind selfie. But the rest: yuck!

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  5. YES to all of these!!!! Totes is one that drives me absolutely insane.

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  6. Selfie doesn't bother me. Bae is a dumb word but it doesn't get on my nerves. I use adorbs as a joke. But on fleek needs to go.

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  7. I hate "selfie" but I can't think of any other word for it.. so I use it and I cringe everytime I do. the only way I use those words is to make fun of them.. I will sometimes use them in a blog post but in a sarcastic way. :-)

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  8. LOL - okay, yes to all of these. The English language has become kind of disgusting. I mean, say awesomesauce... not amazeballs. UGH.

    Thanks for sharing. I thought this was hilarious and will schedule to share on my FB this week.
    xoxo

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  9. I completely agree! That we make ourselves sound stupid sometimes is amazing to me.

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  10. He he, it's amusing and confusing the way our language is evolving, but I can't get over the fact that a dictionary chose an emoji for the word of the year...

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  11. Other than selfie I haven't used any of those either. I just think the real words are better.

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  12. Look at the vernacular knowledge you are dropping here! I had no idea BAE could also be poop and then on fleek. People say that? It sounds like something on top of mildew.

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  13. OMG yes to all!!!! Especially On Fleek and Bae they annoy me soooo much.

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  14. These all pretty dumb sounding. "Selfie" sounds like something a toddler would say, "I got my blankie my-selfie." I laughed out loud at amazeballs...because the person who I heard this from for the first time really thought she was the funniest and wittiest person, when she just sounded ridiculous.

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  15. I get these and so many more with all the teenagers coming and going around here.

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  16. Sometimes I cringe when hearing these words. I can understand why younger people do use it just like when I was younger we had our own slang words.
    Beautetude

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  17. I am guilty of saying totes. But only facetiously. On fleek, just no. Who came up w that?!?!

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  18. i think i remember you doing a list like this last year--i remember your disgust for selfie. i say a lot of these, and i love the english language too (I have a couple of english degrees and a minor in linguistics because i love language so much) but in a joking way, and normally when joking to my 20 year old sister. i hate amazeballs though. it's just gross to me.

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  19. "Bro" doesn't bother me in the least, possibly because I live with a houseful of dudes ... but the rest? YIKES.

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  20. The fleek one annoys me too. The others are wearing out their welcome, as well.

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  21. None of these words really bother me because my grandson and granddaughters don't use them. The word that does make my toes curl is "cray-cray". Crazy, funny, weird, an idiot? What does 'Cray-cray" mean?

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  22. Okay, I have used AMAZEBALLS. Honestly though, I thought amazeballs was old. I haven't used it lately.
    I cannot stand bae, totes, and jelly!!
    I use "on fleek" in a joking way.
    XOXO

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  23. I'm guilty of using amazeballs - as for the rest - not a fan. Enjoyed this! And learnt a few new words - thanks!

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  24. ENDORSED!!
    Let's also get rid of this "shipping" nonsense too. Not just the word, but the whole ridiculous teen fantasy notion of forcing two people together. People are not puppets!!
    (I mean REAL people, I suppose I can allow when it's fictional characters - but it still irritates me.)

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  25. My husbands 12 year old brother kept saying "on fleek" when we were home for Christmas. I was like.... say what?! Haha. He didn't even know what it meant. I just don't get it.

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  26. These words only show how super lazy and self centered so many Americans have become.

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  27. Selfie, totes, and bar. They should all go!

    - Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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  28. haha, I use NONE of these. If I have to say "on point", I might, but not "on fleek." And I say "self portrait" instead of "selfie." Or "picture of me."

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  29. I don't like on point either. Just say it looks good!

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