Full credits at the end of the post.
1. “Sea change” – I know it comes from The Tempest. So overused.
2. “To share a kiss” – For some reason I find this unutterably creepy. I can’t quite place why. It also seems to be a new phrase – I can’t recall hearing it before a year or two ago.
4. “Lamestream media” – Cutesy, inane, AND ableist! Way to go, Sarah!
5. “Personal responsibility”
6. “Working mother” – Ever heard anyone refer to a “working father”? No? Ever looked after a baby? Did it seem like work? Yes? So tell me, what’s a non-working mother?
7. “I’m going to go ahead and….”
8. “Burglarize” – Not only does it crowd out another perfectly good word, i.e., “burgle”, it sounds like it should mean “to turn someone into a burglar” instead of “to commit burglary”.
9. “Stake-holders” – According to Denise D., “it makes me feel like we’re a bunch of vampire slayers”.
10. “Man up!” – You know, “grow up” conveys the same intention without being egregiously sexist.
12. “An easy baby” – Eleanor J. says, “There’s no such thing!”
14. “Men and women are just wired differently” – And THAT is why boys like trucks and girls like dolls and women earn 78% of what men earn (even if you correct for education and time lost to childrearing) and women who drink or go out alone are blamed if a man rapes them and to function in society (form relationships, hold jobs, etc) women usually have spend countless hours and dollars grooming themselves and torturing their bodies into acceptable forms, even sometimes going so far as to have unnecessary and dangerous surgery and men just have to shave and shower and wear clean clothes – never mind the years and years of social pressure and indoctrination, we’re just wired differently because SHUT UP THAT’S WHY.
15. “At this point in time” – this got two nominations! I agree, what’s wrong with “Now”?
16. “Do you know who I am?” – this is one of those deeply contextual phrases that rely on a whole host of ugly social realities to make any sense at all. It’s almost never used literally. I mean, it’s very rare to speak to someone for any length of time without knowing at least something about their identity – most of our interactions are structured so that, if nothing else, you know you’re talking to “The bank teller”, “the bagel lady,” “the guy with the two Schnauzers”. No, what “Do you know who I am?” really means “Don’t you know I’m more powerful than you and will crush you if you don’t do what I want?” Highly hateable.
17. “Haters” – not to be confused with “hatin’,” as in “They see me rollin’…they be hatin’.”
18. “No drinks beyond this point”
19. “I could care less” – then you do care, but only a little? WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
There were some nominations that I disagreed with, like “tweet”, “renumeration”, and “smart phone”. (“Smart phone” is actually pretty useful for distinguishing between ordinary cellphones and internet-capable tiny computers that also take phone calls.)
Anyway, if you have more to add, leave a comment.
Thanks to: Eleanor J., Sara M., Denise D., Richard F., Chris M., Lindsay B., Cecilia L., Jennifer R., Alex E.