7 Annoying Words That Should Die A Horrible Death

I have to agree…usage-wise.

101 Books

Time Magazine recently released a list of 15 words that should die in 2012. The list included some rather annoying, trendy words and phrases from 2011—like baby bump, occupy (wait, wasn’t that Time’s word of the year?), bro (as in “bromance” and “bro date”), and sexting.

Those, indeed, are extremely annoying words. But I think I can do better. As an avid book reader, writer, and Twitterererer, I’d like to think I know a few things about words.

So, with a tip of the cap to our friends at Time, I present 7 trendy words or phrases that should die a miserable death in 2012. (Of note, this list is different from the words that make me cringe—which are time-honored words that have been auditory nuisances since they were first spoken).

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New words – 7 October 2013

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

ag-gagadjectiveinformalrelating to the legal limiting of investigations into farming practices

Animal rights activists in the US have told the BBC that so-called ‘ag-gag’ laws could be copied in other countries including the UK.

[www.bbc.co.uk 13 April 2013]

brain fatiguenouna condition in which the brain is over-stimulated and a person cannot remain calm or focused

With brain fatigue, you are easily distracted, forgetful and mentally flighty — or, in other words, me.

[New york Times (US broadsheet) 02 April 2013]

cat beardingnounthe practice of taking photographs of people holding a cat to their faces so that the cat looks like a beard

Cat bearding is the latest viral photo trend to sweep the confused place we call the Internet.

[http://mashable.com 22 May 2013]

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Annals of lexicography

Arnold Zwicky's Blog

From Cabinet magazine, issue 49 (Spring 2013), in “Leftovers / Cephalophoric Reason” by Eigil zu Tage-Ravn, about French folklorist Émile Nourry’s

exhaustive “Les saints céphalophores,” seventy-three closely researched pages documenting, in old French and Latin sources, more than 120 instances of saints engaging in “cephalophory” – i.e., carrying their own severed heads.

Cephalaphory. Transparent, I guess, if you know enough Greek (though even then you’d only get ‘head-carrying, head-bearing’, not specifically ‘carrying one’s own severed head’). Not a word most of us would have a use for, but arresting and entertaining.

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New words – 23 September 2013

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

chipletnouna very tiny electronic circuit

The technology breaks silicon wafers into tens of thousands of chiplets, bottles them as “ink” and then “prints” them, much as a Xerox laser printer puts toner on paper.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 09 April 2013]

genome editingnounthe rewriting of DNA in living organisms, often for the purposes of curing illnesses

This uses a new technique called genome editing.

[BBC Radio 4 17 April 2013]

ladybronounslanga female friend (usually of another woman)

Where was Vicky Pryce’s ladybro when she needed one?

[www.guardian.co.uk 08 April 2013]

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An Odd Oddity

Musings of an Expatriate

Sometimes there are things that just strike you as odd when you live in another country.  A lot of times its social norms or ideologies.  But most recently it was something much simpler.


BOOKS.  Yeah, books.


I have had a few of my students talk to me about books.


Now, with my cultural background from the US, this struck me as very odd.  I was like, what’s up with books, you can get them everywhere and they’re dirt cheap.  Well, that’s simply not the case here in Mexico.


It started with a student asking me to bring books back from the States when I go home for Christmas.  I thought it odd, since I thought books were ubiquitous.  But not so, here.


More explanation from several students reveals that not only are books expensive here, but also somewhat of a rare commodity.  The books here…

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New words – 16 September 2013

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

demitariannounsomeone who restricts by half or to a marked degree, the amount of meat and animal products that they consume, usually in order to reduce the environmental impact of their diet

People in the rich world should become ‘demitarians’ – eating half as much meat as usual, while stopping short of giving it up – in order to avoid severe environmental damage […]

[www.drmcdougall.com 17 Feb 2013]

deskfastnounbreakfast eaten at one’s desk at work

If you can’t remember when you last sat at your kitchen table and ate a freshly cooked breakfast, you’re probably one of the majority of women now opting for ‘desk-fast’ – that’s breakfast at your desk.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 11 Feb 2013]

Approximately 20 per cent of us indulge in deskfast, according to registered dietitian Karen Collins, nutrition adviser for the American Institute for Cancer Research.

[www.bubblews.com 03 Feb 2013]


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