My year is just about complete, because the 2013 additions to List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness have been released. Not surprisingly, this year’s list is largely ripped from the headlines as Congress continued to “kick the can down the road” to where it teeters on the edge of the “fiscal cliff” while politicians spout meaningless rhetoric about “job creators.” Some entries, such as “passion,” would be useful except for being grossly overused. Some are just dumb, like “YOLO.”
Dave and I wanted to add “it is what it is” to the list, but it already made the list in 2008. The entire list is reportedly approaching 1,000 words and phrases. A few words have been named to the list more than once, “basically” because they are way less than “awesome,” I suppose.