Monday, December 31, 2007

Wishing all a good year ahead!

In a webinar illustrating a post-9/11 world, I noticed a random surge of word usages like ‘x is the new ypopping up everywhere like a perfect storm helping make 2007 a year where such clichés were overused and is now in need of the wordsmiths.

In fact, there seems to be an organic growth to the clichés, but back in the day, one would be more apt to give back and throw under the bus these mindless repetitions. Of course, one can shrug it off by thinking 'it is what it is' and continue language decimation armed with these fickle few phrases, but I hope to stop.

All of the words underlined above have been labeled as some of the worst used (or should I say overused) clichés of 2007. Choosing from among 2,000 submissions, the public relations department at Michigan's Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie targeted 19 singular affronts to the English language. Some of them underlined above…

Here goes: My first resolution – stop using clichés like the above – lets see how long that sticks…

Happy New Year!


Tree said...

Ugh ugh ugh. I hear at least half of those cliches every day at work and I hate every one of them. But I reserve the greatest amount of annoyance for, "Have a good one." Grrrrrr.

Happy New Year, Sunil! Best wishes for the year ahead.

JafaBrit's Art said...

I did use the word "sweet" once lol, had my son in stitches.

My favourite words are smitten and umbrage, and bollocks (sorry had to add that one, I am a brit LOL)

Cheers Sunil, have a GREAT New Year.