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7 (Even More) Annoying Words That Should Die A Horrible Death

It’s been awhile since I’ve done this. Well over a year ago, in fact. Here’s part one and part two of my annoying words series, if you’re interested.

I guess I’ve needed a while to soak in the culture, mostly internet culture, and determine what words and phrases grate on my word bones, whatever that means.

Today’s batch might not be as recognizable as my previous two posts, but just sayin’. And, yes, I know that two of these aren’t actually words—they’re phrases—but whatevs. That’s just how I roll.

My jam.

“The new Daft Punk is my jam.”

The above example is the verbal equivalent of skinny jeans. Ten years from now, you’ll look back on that statement—which, by the way, was one out of every five tweets a couple of months ago—and wonder how you became the most generic person of Summer 2013.

Not only do you approve of two guys playing electronic music in Halo helmets, but you also called them “my jam.” My jam.

YOLO.

“Threw an aluminum can into the trash. It was RIGHT NEXT TO the recycling bin. #YOLO”

This one is so horribly obvious that I feel stupid even mention it as annoying. Of course, it’s annoying. All of us know this except for the poor, young souls who still say it. And God bless your heart if you have this as a tattoo. Sadly, there’s a 40 year old out there somewhere who has “Ice, Ice Baby” tattooed to his lower back.

Has any catch phrase from a rap song—or any song for that matter—that spread to the general public ever been anything but annoying? Somewhere in the world there’s a giant culture dump full of trendy words from summers past, and YOLO will hopefully be sitting right on the top soon.

Amazeballs.

“Did you watch Sharknado last night? It was amazeballs!”

Did you really mean to say that? Or did you just vomit words? Amazeballs is the equally annoying and closely related cousin of “awesome sauce.” If these two cousins sleep together, they’ll likely conceive the word “awesomeballs” as some new, genetically-flawed meme and then we’re all screwed.

So if you ever hear me say this word, just assume I’ve given up on life.

That is all.

“I like waffles. That is all.”

But is that really all? And, if it indeed really is all, then why not just say “I like waffles.” I get it. I know it’s a trendy online meme to say “that is all,” but it’s redundant. You know how I know it would really be “all?” If you just said “I like waffles.” Then it really would be all.

Now I’m just confused, and I really have no idea what I’m saying. And that is all.

Totes.

“The mall at lunchtime is totes cray.”

No. Do not say that. Do not write that. Do not think that. Simply writing that example sentence makes my head twitch, resulting in some kind of inner ear imbalance that brings pain to my brain parts. “Totes” has been around here before. If you’re not familiar: Totes=totally. Cray=Crazy.

To counter the words “totes” and the like, I propose Dr. Evil style trap doors that, with the push of a button, open to an underground pit filled with ravenous orcs holding pitchforks enflamed in blue fire.

Selfie.

“My bestie took a selfie on Instagram.”

The word “selfie” makes me shiver. I’m an old fart, I know. So I won’t go into a philosophical diatribe over the implications of a world in which, according to one poll, 30% of all photos taken by people age 18-24 are “selfies.” I just want to talk about the word itself: selfie.

Any word that ends in “ie” or “ey” becomes ten times more annoying. Try it out on the above words: totesy, amazeballsy, The jammy. Think about these phrasings. “I lovey my wifey. I sweaty while I play footballey. Your toesies smell bad.” Are you angry now? Are you annoyed? Well, you should be.

Swag.

“Lebron’s got swag tonight.” Or alternatively, “Pick up your conference swag at the front desk.”

Two meanings here. One is short for swagger. The other essentially means gifts in the form of promotional material. I find them equally annoying. I mean, didn’t Vanilla Ice use the term “swag” back in the early 90s, or am I just imagining that? And I never watched Jersey Shore, but I imagine those guys using the words “swag” quite often. Now I’m just stereotyping.

But my guess is that the amount of times someone uses the word swag is directly proportionate to the amount of hair gel they wear.

Look, this is all my opinion, and it’s all in fun. So don’t get too worked up if you’re into these words.

And if you use these words, we can still be friends. But you might want to watch your step for those Dr. Evil style trap doors. Those orcs are nasty.

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  1. Haha! I needed this laugh this morning.Thank you.

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    July 26, 2013
  2. Reblogged this on Word Play, Inc..

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    July 26, 2013
  3. Yes!! Thank you!! It annoys me so much when people talk this way. Great post!

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    July 26, 2013
  4. Ahhhh I hate them all!! And I have a few friends I need to send this page on to 🙂

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    July 26, 2013
  5. Reblogged this on Richie Synister and commented:
    I agree, and I think Yolo is the worst of the worst.

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    July 26, 2013
  6. Muy buenos tus mensajes. Gracias.Teresa

    Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:28:27 +0000 To: teresac831@hotmail.com

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    July 26, 2013
  7. I actually don’t mind amazeballs as long as it’s used sparingly. However, YOLO will get a bad, often vitriolic, reaction from me every time.

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    July 26, 2013
    • No, Geoff, No! Amazeballs is the worst one.

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      July 26, 2013
  8. I may have to share this to a bunch of my friends. But this is hilarious. A great laugh for a busy night. 🙂

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    July 26, 2013
  9. This post is totes cray cray! Your blog is my jam. But, you totally need an amazeballs selfie to add to its swag. YOLO, right? That is all.

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    July 26, 2013
  10. I totally agree! Funny though, my teen girl uses quite a few of these 😀

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    July 26, 2013
  11. Amy #

    I just had to Google “YOLO” because I see it all the time and didn’t know what it means. I never cared enough to look it up until now 🙂

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    July 26, 2013
  12. This post is amazeballs – never heard those words before, tote cray, that is all.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist. Those are new words to be, but you’re right, they’re really remakes on old expressions.

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    July 26, 2013
  13. This year I heard yolo at least ten times a day from my students. As much as I hated it, I’m pretty sure I’ll hate the next one even more!!!

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    July 26, 2013
  14. The joke with YOLO is that everyone who used it died of stupid drunken shenanigans already. Survival of the fittest.

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    July 26, 2013
  15. Rosie Baillie #

    I agree with all of these, especially YOLO and swag. It drives me crazy that you can buy clothes with SWAG written all over it, what does it even mean? I thought that’s what cartoon burglars kept their goodies in?

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    July 26, 2013
  16. A lot of these are new to me. I’m going to take that as a good thing.

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    July 26, 2013
  17. Let me lob one in from the other side of the fence. I happen to love any of the word concoctions derived by societal deviation from Webster. I see them as the color in a black and white world built by the CPA’s of Vocabulary. Long live the creative soul!

    Consider, the ‘word’ YOLO. You have already built a mental picture of the speaker with these 4 letters. They’re under 15 years old, suburban, decent student and bored. Economy of words at its finest.

    And another thing…at 30 whatever you already consider yourself an old fart? Dude? Seriously, dude.

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    July 26, 2013
    • On YOLO, don’t forget that they’re also drunk and driving a car while tweeting.

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      July 26, 2013
      • We can only hope they have that level of skill behind the wheel….My experience is they don’t.

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        July 26, 2013
  18. I’m going play devils advocate here and point out that examples like this, while maybe obnoxious on the individual level, are a large part of why English is and continues to be a dominant world language. Linguistic Shift is an important phenomenon in any study of languages, and we typically see that shift driven by people aged 14-24, especially girls.

    Do most of these words die out in common usage pretty quickly? Sure. Some might survive and become an accepted part of the lexicon in a ten or twenty years. But the process is what is important.

    400 years ago, you guys would have been berating Shakespeare for inventing ‘besmirch’ and ‘lackluster’ 😀

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    July 26, 2013
    • Can you imagine if people are saying “amazeballs” 400 years from now? The travesty.

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      July 26, 2013
      • I’m usually a big proponent of invented words and linguistic shift, but I agree with you on the egregious ignominy of that little construction. By far the worst on your list.

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        July 26, 2013
      • I’m usually a big proponent of invented words and linguistic shift, but I agree with you on the egregious ignominy of that little construction. By far the worst on your list.

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        July 26, 2013
  19. When I saw this post, I hoped that “totes” would be on the list. I have an acquaintance and they constantly use “totes”. It drives me nuts! It is so painful to hear. It’s actually less annoying than people who constantly say “awesome” (I’m occasionally guilty of that one myself). Please, for my own sanity, lets stamp “totes” out of existence.

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    July 26, 2013
  20. the undeniable anglophile #

    Reblogged this on the undeniable bibliomane and commented:
    LOL…
    So true…
    And I know re-blogging is over-rated, but #YOLO!

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    July 26, 2013
  21. I recently had a client who wanted to name a series of educational videos on drugs and alcohol ‘#YOLO’. It was the most traumatic thing I’d ever heard in my life.

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    July 26, 2013
  22. Swag has been around for a long time and I don’t think it’s going anywhere. Every now and then I will yell YOLO and then wonder if anyone heard me. 🙂

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    July 26, 2013
  23. JoJo #

    Reblogged this on JoJo's Musings.

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    July 26, 2013
  24. blinksan #

    Reblogged this on Word Disorder and commented:
    I can’t stand all of these words… especially totes… it drives me absolutely crazy.

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    July 26, 2013
  25. Thank you for posting what I’m thinking most days as I either walk through the high school hallways I work at or am simply sitting on the couch and happen to stumble upon ‘Keeping up the Kardashians’ (I know, I know, it is mind numbing and soul sucking but sometimes entertaining)…it is amazing how so many annoying phrasing that show propagates, “bible” y’all!

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    July 26, 2013
  26. Hahahahaha! I’m guilty for saying “selfie” a lot recently! 😀

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    July 26, 2013
  27. The worst part is that some of these words don’t annoy me…

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    July 26, 2013
  28. Gnar. Makes me shudder. (Sorry if you already covered that one.)

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    July 26, 2013
  29. If I only say YOLO ironically, does that count?

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    July 26, 2013
  30. I have no idea what YOLO even means. Now I feel very old.

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    July 26, 2013
  31. Hahah thank you

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    July 27, 2013
  32. This series is great – have shared this on my Facebook page and Twitter. Nice one.The one I hate at the moment is “nomnomnomnom” (sounds of chewing when seeing something delicious). It’s annoying and gross. It has to go.

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    July 27, 2013
  33. YOLO and SWAG are the two most awful words ever. Who invents stuff like that??

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    July 27, 2013
  34. This was great and I agreed with them all except it makes me think…
    When I used to tell my parents I was “going with” a boy from school they would inevitably say,”going where?”.
    You should write an article titled, “What my parents would have blogged”.

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    July 27, 2013
  35. I must hang with a bunch of people totally outta the loop, I have only ever heard one of the above and that was years ago. Thanks for the heads up, I will be on the look out for these annoying words and phrases. Also I will be awaiting my Dr. Evil push button to arrive.

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    July 27, 2013
  36. palmettoauthor #

    Fortunately, I have never heard of YOLO, amazeballs, and totes. Good thing because I would be totally annoyed if anyone ever said any of those to me.

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    July 27, 2013
  37. I remember the first time I saw “totes” I thought it was a typo. I slowly realised it was some sort of “cool speak” (I’ve got that wrong, haven’t I?) word I did not know. It took me a while to figure out what it meant, because the context of each post was usually smothered with other weird words and inexplicable emoticons.

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    July 27, 2013
  38. Could not agree with you more on every single one of these words.

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    July 27, 2013
  39. Ha! This is a fantastic list. I’ve found myself knitting my eyebrows over these words too.

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    July 28, 2013
  40. YOLO – truly shudder inducing. I can forgive teenagers coining and/or using these dreadful words but when my thirty- and forty-something contemporaries use them it makes me cringe and leaves me utterly perplexed as to why they would litter their language with these lexical vomit bombs. What can they possibly be thinking – that they are ‘down with the kids’?
    God help us all.

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    July 28, 2013
  41. saiyaara #

    I haven’t laughed this hard at something on the internet in ages! YOLO and swag have got to be the worst though.

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    July 29, 2013
  42. Great post(s). As a teacher, I hear way too much of this nonsense. Glad to know mine’s not the only ass that gets chapped by it.

    That said, however, I think I’ve officially decided that if I ever write a Star Wars fan fiction, I’m naming my protagonist “Totes Amazeballs”.

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    July 29, 2013
    • armyvet76 #

      Couldn’t agree more. I’m not sure if you remember about 8 or so years ago, a lot of guys (mainly) about ages 16 – 23 would see something cool and say “Dude, that is “tits””. That got on my nerves, then. Now all of this “YOLO” garbage. And they wonder why the US English is the hardest to learn.

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      March 7, 2014
  43. I agree that when they are used in a serious context it’s enough to send shivers up my spine. However, for ironic uses they’re brilliant. For example, if I put a ridiculous item(s) of clothing on I’ll say, “I’ve got swag.” Or if I was about to carry out a mundane activity I’d say, “YOLO.” Only for comical and ironic reasons, I must stress!
    I don’t know, maybe it is because I’m young that I find these words beyond hilarious. Going back to someone using it in a serious context, I’d know that I wouldn’t want to associate with that type of person because that would be a ‘totes’ disaster.

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    July 29, 2013
  44. jamielynne82 #

    hahahaha! This is amazing.

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    July 30, 2013
  45. noname #

    The phrase “the jam/my jam” has been around since the 90’s at least. Maybe it has just become widely popular.

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    July 31, 2013
  46. Reblogged this on ohjaysimmons and commented:
    dead and buried officially

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    July 31, 2013
  47. This post was totes amazeballs! Thanks for sharing…that is all.

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    August 1, 2013
  48. Hahaha. Your post is amazeballs! Really made me laugh and I totally agree with you! 🙂

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    August 2, 2013
  49. Joy #

    I’m pretty sure you will find all of these in the Top 10 Words Hipsters Love to Use to Make Themselves Sound Cooler than the Hipster Next Door. Thanks for the laugh!

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    August 3, 2013
  50. Nina Kaytel #

    Swag gets such a bad reputation from its modern use. I never noticed it as much as I do now. How many books I have read that use swag to denote the way a character moves. I have science fiction books from the 50s that use it. 😦 Swag anit got no swagger (Yes, I did that on purpose. Horrible I know.)

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    October 19, 2013
  51. ibikenyc #

    Apart from everything you said about “YOLO” is the fact that it is a grammatical nightmare.

    “YLOO” is what it SHOULD be.

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    October 25, 2013
  52. britblog1967 #

    ibikenyc – I scrolled all the way down here to make that EXACT comment! YLOO is correct. I think it even sounds better 🙂 (Better, in this case, being sillier).

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    January 6, 2014
    • ibikenyc #

      Well, there are at least two of us. Your screen name implies you are a true native speaker of English, however, which means you’ve got me beat by a mile!

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      January 6, 2014
  53. britblog1967 #

    Hahaha. Because of the 1967? That is not my birth year, if that’s what you thought (though I can definitely understand that presumption); it’s the year my dad returned from Vietnam, and the year of his corvette. I just like it, I guess.

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    January 6, 2014
  54. Rebecca Oltman #

    Vacay (vacation)
    ‘Puter (computer)
    “Wanna come with? (Finish the phrase please!!!!)

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    March 7, 2014
    • armyvet76 #

      Haha, Funny you said that; as I was going over the comments, I thought about how people do the whole “Wanna come with..” phrase. Come with..what, exactly? With bells on? With a car? Is the last word that hard to say? Such a stupid phrase.

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      March 7, 2014
  55. This is great. I thought I was just on of a few that hated these words, thank the tweens for screwing the English language into oblivion! I know we are all guilty of using slang terms at one point or another, but man, these “cool kid” words such as “YOLO” and “Bro” shred my very last nerve. I even heard a guy my age say YOLO once. I wanted to punch him. haha, but I didn’t of course. Hey, if people want to sound as stupid as possible just because they are followers, and it’s the “in thing” to do…they are exposing themselves. But, at the same time, terms like “totes”, saying “like” more than once in a sentence, “YOLO” and “Bro/Brah”, makes me want to jab the said person in the throat.

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    March 7, 2014
  56. ENTITLEDANDPROUD #

    “Entitlement”.

    Or “Sense of Entitlement”.

    30 years from now it will be more of a dated cache word than “rad”, “awesome” or “gnarley”,

    Far out man!

    Word to your mother!

    Hang Loose!

    I HATE that word.

    It seems like you can’t read two paragraphs without bumping into it at least once or twice. Clearly the T.V. must be working it into everything every 2-3 minutes. I wouldn’t really know since I don’t watch T.V.

    Hearing it is always a red flag that the person watches A LOT of T.V. Kind of like a communist using the term “capitalist pig”.

    Do yourself a favor. The next time you feel absolutely COMPELLED to use that word in a sentence, try to use another word in it’s place. It may actually make you re-think the CONTEXT that you are using it in.

    That way, you may be able to formulate your OWN opinions about things… rather than just regurgitate the opinion that you just saw on CNN or Fox news.

    “I disagree with this person! They’re ENTITLED”!

    To what exactly… they’re own opinion?

    “YES!”

    … OK then…

    Now the word “entitlement” is synonymous with “undeserving”. That’s NOT what it means. At all.

    It’s not a BAD word. Having a “sense of entitlement” in MOST areas is not a BAD THING.

    Do you have a “sense of entitlement” when it comes to your SAFETY?

    Well… yes but… but…

    How about things like clean water? Are you “entitled” to clean water or are you undeserving of it?

    If you pay for something, do you have a “sense of entitlement” to get what it is you paid for?

    Of course the term CAN be used in a negative manor. Many people feel “entitled” to things they don’t deserve. But seriously, it’s just really over used to the point of just being another mindless LABEL to stick on people that you don’t like.

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    June 14, 2014
  57. YOLO gets to my nerves every time. I think it’s just an excuse for some to do stupid stuff. Haha!

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    September 16, 2014
  58. may #

    oh my god everytime my friends said the word selfie makes me wanna punch their faces. do they hav to use the word every single time they take a picture? SELFIE means SELF PIC not a frikin group photo. and i agree with the ‘ie’ and ‘ey’ tho. Plus, the word hashtag is annoying too.

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    November 9, 2014
  59. ibikenyc #

    YLOO.

    YLOO.

    It’s STILL a ridiculous “excuse” (as opposed to an actual “reason”), but at least it’s grammatically correct.

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    November 10, 2014
  60. Quite agree about amazeballs and totes, though I was blissfully unaware of their existence before reading your blog. The nightmares will begin. Have to say, though, that the 3rd paragraph of your post does contain the almost as egregious “just sayin’”,and “whatevs” but perhaps I haven’t got the hang of your irony.

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    May 13, 2015
  61. Great lists – but one that makes me crazy that you didn’t mention is overuse of the word “obviously”. Please don’t use the word obviously unless what you are talking about is actually obvious to the person you are talking to. “He was obviously hungry, he ate 50 chicken wings in 5 minutes” makes sense. But obviously used to emphasize your point about something that isn’t obvious to the person you are talking to just makes it seem like you are using big words to sound smart.

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    September 6, 2015
  62. Rachel Jefferies #

    Reblogged this on Rachel's Blog.

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    October 9, 2015
  63. SSSSHHHHWWWAAAG!

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    May 26, 2016
    • SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHWAGGIEEEEEEE

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      May 26, 2016
  64. Susanne #

    “I get that.” “Yay.” “A-MAZ-ing.”
    Please, stop. All of them.

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    August 23, 2016
  65. Guy #

    THANK YOU…I rest my case.
    Though I was saying “My Jam” in the 90’s when everyone was still on wazzzapp and psyche!

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    June 25, 2017

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