What's a word that you think is very overused?
By - CamilaCazzy
"lowkey" is lowkey overused
When I write I try to never use that word, but it's very difficult.
You must have a very limited vocabulary
It's like so annoying, right?
Like I can't even!
I remember being the first time in the US and everybody constantly used the word „like“. It made me question my whole english education.
The italian translation is "tipo" and people always say it, so it's not only in the US
The thing about the word "like" is that it's, like... a placeholder. A word you say when you, like... are thinking of what to say.
I think when it's used in that respect it's ok. I also like when the word is used properly. But when it's used for neither of these purposes, like, it sucks.
Same here. English is my 2nd language and I could not figure out what they are trying to say. To me it just made people sound incredibly stupid. As if they have a very limited vocabulary and just threw in "like" everywhere. Then I realized it's their first language and I was confused and went back home.
Can never understand why Americans overuse the word "like"
I think it's called a sentence fluency. It's a word that's thrown in as a placeholder while we think, kind of like when you say uhm, if that makes sense.
Yeah I think the word for them is “crutch words” (i could be wrong), most languages have them
Depending on its usage, "like" (and other words like it) are actually called fillers or discourse markers (from what I remember, it can also be used as a hedge).
There is quite a lot of interesting research on how it functions in language.
I'm not American and when I'm struggling to find words I automatically put 23432352 "like" in my sentence
I usually just say 23432352 instead of"like"
for me personally it’s when I wanna say something but am not 100% sure about it
Every language has their own equivalence of this. I speak both Hebrew and English and there is an exact equivalent of "like" in Hebrew. Just fills up space.
like replaced Uh or Um
Toxic is like so toxic.
EVERY single girl I've ever dated called her ex "abusive".
Mine too haha funny that, just makes you think what they’ll say about you one day
That you were abusive too?
looking up domestic abuse statistics will tell you why this is
It was definitely my most overused internet search term some time in the early 2000s
Yeah, thank Britney Spears for that.
What can I say, those violins hit different!
Literally. Generally, they don't use it correctly either.
Edit: please stop telling me they changed the definition of the word. I understand.
before it became everyone's placeholder for *really/totally/etc* it was being used incorrectly pretty often
i always understood it should be reserved for when a thing that only happens *figuratively* has actually transpired - e.g., "after the explosion at the vets it literally rained cats and dogs"
now i hear/read people say things like "literally, i just cant" which is roughly as eloquent as a loud wet fart
Exactly. "Literally" should only be used to reassure some actually happened. Like you shouldn't say "I literally ate shit" if you fall off a skate board. Now if you actually consumed feces then yes you "literally ate shit."
The former use of literally has always been an intentional exaggeration, a figurative use of 'literally.' Saying your jaw literally hit the floor expresses more surprise than just saying my jaw hit the floor, and saying your jaw figuratively hit the floor is just redundant.
Of all the words to use figuratively
This one wins. Made me smile for sure.
Came here to say this. Literally.
While this sentence is true, it isnt how you use the word either tho
It bugs the heck out of me. Especially so that the dictionary definition was updated to reflect how people (incorrectly) use it.
That’s how dictionaries work, they define words based on how people use them.
The dictionary doesn't tell you the meaning of words, it *records* the way words are used. Look at early dictionaries and see how many words have changed. This is natural and totally doesn't matter, it happens all the time and will continue to happen forever.
Alright. So, you're saying if I initiated a trend where I unironically started misusing a word to the point of committing malapropism and got folks to follow suit, the definition would officially morph into my inappropriate use of an otherwise previously defined word?
You mean like how the word awful and awesome used to both be positive adjectives/adverbs until people started to catch the trend of using awful in the negative sense? Then yeah, that's literally how language works. Same reason why people know what things like "on fleek" or "dedass" mean, language is changing every day, and it works as long as it works.
Yup that's how language works
WHAT?!? Wow. Almost as bad as people saying "I bought it offline."
>"I bought it offline."
Off the internet + online = offline
That is the exact opposite of you mean!!
Now I don't get that bent out of shape over words that gain a new meaning through use. But I do get bent out out of shape when through that it becomes to mean the exact opposite of what it means!
That's how language works, gay used to mean happy.
Don’t you mean they.... literally don’t use it correctly ;)
Literally came here to say this
This is literally the word I was going to put here, it's literally the most literal word in literary.
the word "cringe" is so annoying, especially how teens use it wrong. It makes me think the next generation is going to speak emojis. "oh haha blush thank you smile"
Ngl cringe comment bro 😎🙌🏻😁🤣💥
You know babe... Eggplant
They are using it in a slang sense. I assume they know it's not the original way to use that word.
Cringe has evolved to be more equivalent to how "lame" was used in the 90s and earlier 2000s. Keep in mind that the usage of "lame" was already technically "incorrect" based on the literal meaning. Kids seem to say cringe when something is uncool and they don't like it -- the usage evolved and they made it their own, nothing wrong with that. We all use words now that are divorced from their original meaning, it is the natural way that languages change.
Also a big fan of the opposite of cringe -- "based". Gotta love the cringe to based spectrum.
Lame, sick, dope, cool, shitty. All words from my childhood that were never used the way they were intended by the good lord Webster. Even “awesome” and “amazing” have lost their original meanings. When was the last time you heard somebody use the word “awesome” in regards to how much “awe” it gave them? When was the last time somebody was amazed at something that confused them? (Amaze in its original context literally meant confuse, your mind was a-mazed, and you needed to navigate a way out of it, like, ya know, a maze.)
"Cringe" is supposed to be a verb. Not an adjective!
Heck I'm still not over "cringy" becoming a word. Never heard it before about 2018. Before that, we just used a full sentence, "that made me cringe".
I feel like "cringe" and "cringy" just replaced "awkward".
Because like, it's really annoying like it's become just like, this filler word y'know?
Ikr. It's like so annoying, It like drives me crazy. (I'm sorry)
Like this totally reads like a teenage girl from like the 90s would totally use like. Like y'know like not sure that's like what you're going for but whatevs.
I know you’re trying to like overdo it and sound ridiculous, but that literally just reads like a normal sentence to me
Okay... Here's an anecdote. One of the startups that I coach is inspired by the need for a more environmental and holistic management style, so they decided that 'sus consultancy' (as in sustainable) would be a heck of a company name...
On behalf of all of Australia we’ve been using that word for decades.
Hes a fuckin sus cunt ay
I've never heard it. Is this a young person thing?
It arouse from the game Among US. Where you have to find the imposter.
My thoughts exactly!
Sheesh. I hate the meme
I always knew "sheesh!" as an interjection of annoyance, a lot like "jeez!" Does it mean something else now?
That's what I thought too. Does sheesh mean something different these days than it used to? I'm not familiar with a meme about it.
Yeah, just say “Jesus titty fucking Christ” like a normal person.
I agree, I just think of cringy Middle schoolers when ever I hear that.
In touch with trends beyond their social sunset.
Gaslight is very very overused
Nah that's all in your mind buddy. Nobody uses that word, there's probably something wrong with you.
And misused which makes it even worse
whats it even mean?
pretty much when a person manipulates another person into believing something that isn't even true. eg if were in a relationship and i punched you for no reason, and then i try to make you feel like it was your fault that it happened, you should feel sorry and feel like the bad person, thats gaslighting.
It's a fancy way of saying when one person lies to another and makes that person question their sanity.
Eg) A cheating bf gets home late and climbs into bed. Gf wakes up and calls him out. Bf says he's been there all night, and she must have drank too much again.
simp. Istg now it's used a hella lots of times
Nowadays I just assume people who use it are 14 or have the mental age of a 14 year-old.
Ah, yes. The old Phineas and Ferb song "Squirrels In My Pants", from an episode released way back in 2008, thirteen years before now and over a decade before that term blew up on the internet.
And changed its meaning
Not everyone is gaslighting you. Having a disagreement or argument is not gaslighting. Something happening one time is not gaslighting. Your partner doing something you don't like is not gaslighting.
In a similar vein: mansplaining.
A man telling a woman something she may already know is not always mansplaining. He may not know she knows. He may be like this to everyone, not just women. He may be happy he feels he can actually contribute to the discussion. He may be socially awkward and not realise he's coming across as condescending.
Gaslighting has been so over used it doesn’t retain its originally meaning at all anymore
Its an actual medical diagnosis, yet everyone uses it as an adjective to describe anyone that they think is 'selfish'. That is not what it means.
Those videos on 'how to spot a narcissist' are great for people who are more susceptible to narcissist abuse, but it seems like most people who watch those are just on a witch hunt now.
Commie and Fascist
Adopted into American vocabulary to describe a person of an (often exaggerated) opposing political view
They are both really far away from the original definitions, and nothing like those who the names we previously attributed to
Literally and like
Incel, cope, karen, honestly you could just open the front page of Reddit and get plenty of examples
My brother in law posts Instagram stories from restaurants almost every night - It will be a picture of a plate with a generic meal on it, usually accompanied by something like "BLESSED 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌"
My eyes roll back so far I fear they might not come back down one day.
I hate it when someone is boasting about their material possessions e.g. Sports car with #blessed under it 🤦🏻♀️ or someone posts a selfie who's completely decked out with cosmetic surgery with "blessed with good genes" underneath...
God bless you.
I don’t know when it started may be a year or two ago favorite but I am hearing the word “narrative “being thrown around in various media formats. Everything now is the narrative. It’s like they learned the word recently and they are excited to have an opportunity to use it. Let’s find a new word to use
The narrative around the word “narrative” is interesting.
It’s because the entertainment industry has become so over saturated with content/ talent that the media has stopped caring about the actual content/ talent and started searching more for a compelling story behind the creation of said content even if the content is subpar.
For lack of a better word people refer to that as “narrative driven” which they shortened to just narrative.
Don't stop believing! Hold on to that feeling!
Haha! And every MLM rep wants you to follow their latest journey. :/ can’t believe this isn’t higher up.
Triggered. Or idk if the kids say it still. Thry dont even use it in the right way and it really ruins the correct meaning of triggers.
I have my own triggers and especially when the word was started going around no one would believe my triggers (which put my life in danger) because they thought it was the slang word trigger.
Idk my sister still uses the word trigger.
Kids don't use it that much anymore. People making fun of kids use it more.
They usually use trigger warning
I don't know.
Is 'I don't know' your answer?
We don't know.
Is "we don't know." your answer?
We can't say "we don't know " that "I don't know" is their answer.
No one knows
Actually not enough people say it. It’s somehow become unfashionable to just say “I don’t know” when you really don’t know
Antisocial. It's not even the correct word, because antisocial means against society as a whole. The word their looking for is asocial.
Sorry about that, I'm not normally that bad at basic grammar I promise
He could save others from death, but not himself.
Don't you think?
I don't know...*yes this is my answer*
This post is soooo wholesome
Epic. I feel many people say 'this party is epic' or 'this is gonna be epic' without fully knowing what an 'epic' night would ACTUALLY entail...🤣
"Triggered", "trigger", "trigger warning" have all become a literal joke about "snowflakes" or whatever but some people really do have history of traumas that make them susceptible to huge reactions to "triggers".
I think trigger warning is fair enough. I mostly see it used for stories of abuse or suicide etc where its completely valid to warn someone that there's something awful coming up. Wish more films had this tbh rather than just 18 or strong language or whatever
"toxic" - what does it even mean anymore?
Cringe/cringey I hate that word now.
Stan as a synonym for fan. And Queen when not referring to a monarch or the band.
I don't know who Stan is, but I love Queen. That's my favorite band.
I guess Stan is a thing that started a few yrs ago. Where people say they are "Stanning" something or someone. Or they are a "Stan". Meaning a really big fan. Stan is a reference to the Eminem song called "Stan" about a psychopathic crazed super fan who takes the rappers lyrics literally to the point of committing a murder/suicide.
As someone who doesn't listen to Eminem, I was't aware of the song. Thank you for the explanation.
Your very welcome! I was born in 1977, graduated high school 1996. Sort of my time period. Can't remember when song came out exactly. Big hit from 1 of his first few albums. Just find the use of the term/concept "Stan/Stanning" extremely annoying & cringe worthy.
I was born in 2000, but I'm not really the typical Generation Z person.
If I may add a phrase to that - all the sudden.
Well North Americans use 'like' all the time as a filler word. We all have filler words in speech to help us have time to think. For example 'erm' or 'yeah' are some other ones. On another note, 'that's offensive' is a phrase used a lot just when someone disagrees with your opinion, tis crazy
“Anyways.” It’s “anyway!”
“Awkward” ugh 🙄😒
Even worse when they say just "Awks"
just imagining some idiot saying "awks" makes me wince inside, it is mentally painful to imagine
So you’re saying it would make the situation kind of awkward?
many of the guys i see who would refer to themselves in this way also seem to spend a fair portion of their free time *following* other guys (rogan, peterson, trump, et al)
I heard a self proclaimed “alpha male” state that “we alphas don’t back down from anyone and never let someone else tell us what to do.”
Tbf that sounds more “ignorant and boneheaded” than “exemplary male specimen.”
Tbqh, if someone truly is a supremely confident and excellent individual, that ought to be obvious without them having to make up a little title to throw around.
Screamed. It seems like in every story online, the 'bad' party has to 'scream' at you. More than likely they just raised their voice or had an aggressive tone. I'm finding it hard to believe your MIL 'screamed' at you about how much she didn't like the bridesmaid dresses you picked out.
All business speak
When you have some bandwidth would you want to synergize on what you mentioned? I’ll circle back by EOD
We will all align later in the week
For years, corporatese — the specialized dialect spoken by highly-paid executives to obscure their jobs’ relative simplicity — was incomprehensible to linguists and laymen alike. That changed with the 2003 discovery of the Rosetta Memo behind a filing cabinet in an Atlanta office park:
It has come to our attention that some team members are experiencing a non-satisfactory level of disconnect vis-à-vis our inter-personnel messaging. To ensure we are all on the same page with our ducks in a row, we’re opening the kimono to initiate a global refresh on F2F and ecommunications standards. Therefore, FYI/FFR: Interface, dialogue, touch base, face-to-face, connect and advise indicate interpersonal communication. Execute, implement, leverage, facilitate, synergize, deliver and exploit pertain to the performance of work. Robust, value-rich, seamless, best-of-breed and user-centric denote meritorious quality. Further: To enheighten our task-simplicity quotient (the revealing of which could result in significant new awareness of human-capital redundancy and attendant downsizing) all comms should, going forward , be both redundant and repetitive, with the occasional wordvention utilized in place of vocables of greater brevity, clarity, and brevarity. Augment with occasional impenetrable acronyms (OIA). These syntactical enhancements add perceived value to each employee’s personal brand. Exemplifications are underposted:
1) “I want to circle back and interface about how to right-size our headcount while still keeping workers incentivized.”
2) “Due to unforeseen life events, I’ll be off-line tomorrow so can we push our interlock until post-all-hands?”
3) “At the end of the day, net-net, if we have a joint brown-bag to come to agreeance on how to grow mind share among targeted thought leaders by implementing best practices across the board, we can marketeer our way toward synergizing a frictionless sales environment.”
Hey dumbshits: 90% of the stuff we say basically means either “talk,” “make” or “good.” But nobody pays fat salaries for “talking about making good things.” So to keep our scam going, only use ungainly words, and always three times as many of them as a normal person. Examples:
1) “Let’s discuss how we can fire people without making the ones we keep cry.”
2) “My uncle died; can we meet later?”
Weird Al has a song called Mission Statement. It’s made up of business speak
Everyone and everything is so *toxic* these days! My ex was toxic, that behaviour is toxic!
The sewage treatment plant near where I live is pretty toxic.
I totally agree with you!
Communist, Communism. People don't even understand the meaning of it.
Vibe, tired of everyone vibing around 🙄
Hot takes: Sexist, Racist, transphobic, homophobic, and rape.
Sadly I've seen way too many people just make up new meanings for those words and it upsets me.
I'm not saying these words lost their meaning, but people shouldn't just make up new meanings for this stuff or act like it happened to them for attention, it's fucked up.
Now if people used these words correctly I wouldn't be saying this. I just think people should look at a dictionary for a few minutes.
yes i genuinely hate how people have recently slaughtered the meaning of those words, especially racist and sexist. Society loves to make those two definitions extremely fluid recently.
Karen, bonkers, variations of vaccine spelled with xes.
Research. Sorry my friends, Googling and watching joe Rogan are not research.
All words are overused when spoken from obnoxious human beings
‘Like’ people use it *like* three times in a sentence!
Come out to California and we’ll make you want to blow your brains out.
Not a word but a phrase.
It really bugs me when people use the "POV you're *something something* meme but the actual perspective of the picture in the meme is in the third person and not from a "first person" viewpoint
"Discrimination." I'm generalising to cover all the bases but everyone nowadays claims it, even for things that aren't based on discrimination at all.
And I mean both the privileged and non-privileged. Which reminds me - there was an American black gay woman living in Indonesia during peak CoVid last year who wrote a business column about how affordable it was to live in Indonesia, how it was so gay friendly (which, if you know about Indonesia, it is very homophobic) and encouraging other Americans to come to the country as it was so cheap. In that column she even admitted to obtaining her visa to live there illegally and outlined the paths she took to do that, which involved locals whom she named (and thereby put at risk), and then encouraged other non-Indonesians to follow in her footsteps. Well naturally when the column gained traction, Indonesian officials found out and went to have her and her girlfriend arrested and sent back to America.
This woman then tried to play the race/gay card, claiming it wasn't fair she was being discriminated against because of her ethnicity and sexuality. Really it was because a privileged American was making money off encouraging other Americans to come to a developing country in the peak of a pandemic, encouraging them to take illegal measures to do so, and encouraging them to put the lives of many locals at risk. She was also very much risking the lives of the Indonesian LGBTIQ+ community as this could've easily lead to a crack down on their rights, and I'm pretty sure she named some gay-friendly spots in her column as well.
Also, she clearly didn't realise how privileged she was if she thought playing those cards could do anything - it may work in America but in many countries outside the States they just don't care.
\[Edited because I was being a little racist and didn't realise\]
Anytime someone doesn’t like something they’re just like it’s “overrated”.