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

It’s been awhile since I’ve reflected on annoying words.

I’ve labeled quite a few words as annoying—like these, and these, and these too. Then there’s also those disgusting words and the words I can’t spell. I’ll even admit to liking some words. How about that?

But today I present to you my latest batch of annoying words that should die a terrible death. These words are so annoying they make me want to punch a kitten.

Hater.

As in: “Haters gonna hate. #bringit #truth”

Hater is now one of those words that, because it’s so overused, has lost all its meaning. Besides being just flat-out cheesy, it’s a softball platitude that’s often lobbed at anyone who simply mildly disagrees or protests on a single point. “Y’all think Obama plays too much golf? Y’all just haters, bro.” Besides that, I think MC Hammer often said “hater”—and if you’re still using a word MC Hammer used in 1992…well, then. I’m officially a hater of the word “hater” and anyone who routinely uses it.

Phablet.

As in: “With the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has made its first entry into the phablet industry.”

Phone + Tablet = Phablet. This whole word combination thing has to end. It started with celebrities and now it’s invaded our everyday lingo. Phablet? How awful is this trend? What if your aunt raised you and you thought of her as your mom: Would she be your maunt? What if you’re a cat lady and your cats are your best friends—are they your frats? Another really bad one that’s actually commonly used online: Listicle.

Hubby

As in: “I just love my hubby! He scored two tickets to the Dave Matthews concert!”

Nope. If you say hubby, your husband should leave you at the DMB concert. The absolute worst here is when the husband has his “wifey” while the wife has her “hubby.” I don’t even think The Duggars go to this level of obnoxious cheese. Speaking of The Duggars—what is up with that hair helmet?

Holistic

As in: “My husband and I have decided to forgo vaccinations and take a more holistic approach to our health.”

This is one of the worst marketing buzzwords in the history of marketing buzzwords. As Charles Barkley would say, “It’s turrible.” Another way to say holistic? “Doctors are stupid.” Which, considering the fact that doctors are pretty frickin’ smart, is a stupid thing to say. Two hours of research on WebMD might make you “holistic,” but it doesn’t make you smarter than your doctor. Holistic Schmolistic.

Boom.

As in: “I’ve put on 10 pounds of muscle this year. Boom!”

You can thank the bros, and probably Nike, for this one. “Boom” fits in the same category as “stoked” and “YOLO” and “beast mode.” It’s a brotastic word (note to self: brotastic is a terrible annoying word too) that belongs in Gold’s Gym locker rooms and Florida-Georgia line concerts. The only person who has permission to say “boom” in this context is the awesomely awkward “boom goes the dynamite” guy.

Because.

As in: “I love eating out on Friday night because wine.”

How do we go and ruin common, everyday words like “because”? I just don’t understand it. You’ve seen this one, right? It’s basically “because + [any noun].” Another example would be “Skipping lunch today because sleep,” or “The supermoon is out tonight, but no need to worry because science.” Why do we do this? Admittedly, I might have thought it was clever the FIRST 100 times I read it. Now, it’s just annoying.

Synergy

As in: “Let’s spend 2015 focusing on corporate synergy and product development.”

Synergy is one of the worst corporate buzzwords of the last 30 years. It’s the verbal equivalent of bland, unseasoned oatmeal. If you say “synergy,” I hear “blah.” If you double that up with “corporate synergy,” I hear “blah blah.” That word is an affront to the English language. Fortunately, where I work, we can have synergy without using that stupid word.

Well, now all that’s off my chest, so I can move on.

That is, until sometime next year, when a new group of 7 annoying words begins to grate on my nerves.

Agree or disagree with this batch of seven?

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  1. Human Interest #

    How about when folks used to use YOLO to justify their stupidity…

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    November 7, 2014
  2. Of course, more people, including me, should take a more holistic approach to their health. Holistic just means treating the whole as the sum of the parts, so you should exercise AND have vaccinations AND listen to your doctor.

    I do hate Phablet, but most of your words are pretty context sensitive there.

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    November 7, 2014
    • So why isn’t it spelled “wholistic”?

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      November 7, 2014
      • Because it’s derived from Greek. It’s primary use is in philosophy and they like their Greek and Latin, as doors medicine. “Whole” is a Germanic word.

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        November 7, 2014
  3. bendingoverbookwards #

    I quite like ‘Because + (noun)’, almost in spite of myself. I have a massive aversion to any kind of annoying pet names, so ‘hubby’ is a major no-no, completely agree with you there. I hate, hate, hate shortening ‘jealous’ to ‘jelly’. Makes my hair stand on end…

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    November 7, 2014
  4. Ugh I hate YOLO. It purely exists to justify being an idiot and making bad choices.
    I also hate “ratchet”. I always feel like asking if:
    A) they can’t spell “wretched”
    B) Clank is around; or
    C) they really need a tool in this situation

    In Australia, “hubby” isn’t used as a cute term… affectionate in it’s own way, but far from sickeningly cute. “I’ll get the hubby round to fix the water tank for you” would be a good way of using it. We tend to shorten the names of people we like!

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    November 7, 2014
    • Cool. Always good to hear how different cultures use different words.

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      November 10, 2014
  5. The phrase “I feel you” just turns me off. Loved the post!

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    November 7, 2014
  6. For me, the modern speach equivalent of nails on a chalkboard is the open ended so. For example… “I got stuck behind a car wreck in my way to work so….” it’s as though we are constantly invited to finish someone’s sentence. So… You spontaneously combust? It’s mind numbing.

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    November 7, 2014
    • Yep, feel like that’s a fallback word you when you’re watching a bad presentation.

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      November 10, 2014
  7. OK. I’ve been living under a rock (or a book) because I’ve never heard anyone use most of these words. Interesting reading though (and catching up on what I’m missing). However, I think your argument is not with the word “because” but with the lack of sentence completion. Are people really that lazy that they can’t speak in whole sentences? Because that’s really beyond lazy!

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    November 7, 2014
    • Same here — I’d never heard “Phablet,” and “Boom” in this usage was unfamiliar. But I see the “Because” thing a lot. “Because teenager daughter.”

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      November 12, 2014
  8. Marie #

    ‘Because [noun]’ can be funny sometimes, but on the whole, I agree with all seven.

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    November 7, 2014
  9. I like using “because [noun]” when I’m making fun of books or people, but using it in normal speech is just… weird.

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    November 7, 2014
  10. Great choices. The whole “because [noun]” thing has gotten way out of hand.

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    November 7, 2014
  11. Two i hate are Old School and New School. As in “The Beatles are so old school.” “Old school” is a way for people to look down on an artist and be snobish.

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    November 7, 2014
    • Denise #

      I always thought that Old School meant an artist was much better than New School. It never occurred to me that it wasn’t a compliment.

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      November 7, 2014
  12. I’m with you on “phablet.” I had to use it yesterday in working tech support for a user. *shudder*.

    And my response to the “because” phenomenon was summed in my Twitter post awhile back: “When writing, always be sure to use complete sentences. Because sentence fragment. #grammar”

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    November 7, 2014
  13. I absolutely detest “hubby”. Nothing screams “I’ve been married for less than a year and am still sooo in love” like the word “hubby”. “Hot mess” is another expression I loathe. Really any newfangled expression concocted by people of my age group (unfortunately)

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    November 7, 2014
  14. Agree in some. Disagree on others. But not very strongly. 🙂 I think it’s the person and the context. Most of those are words my teens have used to death, yet it’s okay for them because eventually they’ll grow out of it. The older you are is directly proportional to how many times you shouldn’t use those words. Though hater and hubby come into play once in awhile. And not in the same sentence. Oh, and you forgot “bae”. I’m a “bae” hater and I’d never call my hubby that, because lame. 🙂

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    November 7, 2014
    • I thought about including “bae” in my list. Really annoys me too, but wasn’t sure if anyone would be familiar with it.

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      November 10, 2014
  15. Every time I see YOLO, I think to myself…”But what if you’re Buddhist?”

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    November 7, 2014
  16. Susan #

    I admit to the occasional use of “stoked” in informal speech, because it seems to be the one idiom that stuck with me from the 15 minutes that Valley Girl Speak was popular. So maybe I should say, “Because…80s” 😉

    I’d like to add “empower” and “impactful” to the list, as well as “passion” when used in any non-intimate context. When I hear any of these corporate buzzwords, I know someone is trying to justify their job and has no idea what they are doing.

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    November 7, 2014
    • Yes! “Empower” is far too overused (and often, it’s not even used correctly!).

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      November 7, 2014
  17. I agree with you, specially on the word combination. It must end.

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    November 7, 2014
  18. Agree x 7. Especially synergy. To a sub-list under synergy I would like to submit “bandwidth” and “interfacing”. Boom!

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    November 7, 2014
    • Bandwidth…yes! As a corporate buzzword, it’s horrible.

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      November 10, 2014
  19. Love this list. I find “phablet” especially annoying as well as anyone who tries to work it into a conversation!

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    November 7, 2014
  20. I’ll admit I use because + noun a lot.

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    November 7, 2014
  21. “Phablet” is a hideous word. No one is ever allowed to use it.

    “Hubby” is another terrible one. If I ever call my future husband that, I would understand if he divorced me. 😉

    And “because [+ noun]”! That’s not how English works!

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    November 7, 2014
    • How about ‘jeggings’? That word (a combination of jeans and leggings) makes me want to explode when I hear it. What knothead thought that up?

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      May 27, 2016
  22. This is great! I’m wondering if I can ban the use of these words/phrases in my classroom, or if that might incite the teenage minds to be challenged to use them more. 😉 Also, fun little fact for you…synergy is also a huge word in the education world. “We must synergize.”

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    November 7, 2014
  23. I agree with synergy – it’s always been one of my most hated corporate-speak words, along with the expressions “let’s take this discussion off-line” and “granular.” Why can’t we say “let’s talk about this in private, after the meeting” and “detailed?”

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    November 7, 2014
  24. Hilarious!! I do enjoy your posts! Have a great weekend. SouthernHerf

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    November 7, 2014
  25. Terrific post! I hate to admit I do the “because + noun” sometimes, but I swear it’s only in fun! I completely agree with you about “hater,” and Human Interest was right on about “YOLO.” Egads. But what really makes me cringe these days are the incessant Use. Of. Periods. After. Each. Word., the addition of 100 “e’s” after words (I just loveeeeeee my hubby soooo mucheeeee!”), and the hashtag overkill. That shit needs to die a painful death.

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    November 7, 2014
    • Yep, I think I wrote about the excessive period use a while back. Blech.

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      November 10, 2014
  26. I find it ironic that the first word on your list is “hater.” And may I just say that your “MC Hammer” argument is null because pop-culture word creation is how new words make it into the English language. Just ask Shakespeare. “If anyone is using words Shakespeare used, in 1598…” Well we are. Language evolves, bro. We can love it or hate it, but we can’t stop it. Don’t get me wrong, some of these words are annoying, but it’s generally because the people using them are ignorant.

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    November 7, 2014
  27. ‘Maunt’ was very funny. I agree about word combinations, everyone in the world is making one for himself.

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    November 7, 2014
  28. Great post. I agree with most of them being annoying as hell. But “hubby” doesn’t really bother me. I’ve been married for 13 years and it doesn’t bug me at all. As long as she doesn’t call me “the idiot I married,” we’re good.

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    November 7, 2014
  29. Delightful post. Can’t say I disagree with any of them … but as a lover of language, I’ve come to believe examples you’ve pointed out do tend to enrich and expand conversation. Maybe it’s the overuse that makes these expressions annoying?

    I was amused that one of your words was “hubby.” I have used that word (though not recently) in reference to my husband … and it has always felt strangely uncomfortable on my tongue!

    We live nearby the Duggars and their word usage isn’t terribly different than anyone else’s in this part of the country. As to what you term the “hair helmet”? Most people hereabouts consider it simply keeping one’s long hair tidy and presentable.

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    November 8, 2014
  30. R. #

    The temptation to post the music video to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” is strong. Haters gonna hate hate hate…

    😉

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    November 8, 2014
    • No please. My 4 year old loves that song, and I’ve heard way too much of it lately!

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      November 10, 2014
  31. I do not like hubby or hubs. Blegh. He has a name and we get it, girl years younger than me, you have a husband. Also I had never heard phablet before, but it sounds gross. Like flabby. Also, I like all of my technology separate so “phablet” bothers me for more than one reason. I do use Boom! and “because” but not often and I’m 24 so I feel like I can. Because foolish youth. Boom.

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    November 8, 2014
  32. I think the marketing/advertising machine is responsible for most of these, so perhaps you should be “hating” on them instead of their defenseless children.

    As far as Synergy is concerned, that’s the name of my son’s school. It was started 40+ years ago by people who were interested in progressive education. Today, the school still lives up to its name, so I won’t be hating on that one.

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    November 8, 2014
    • They were using synergy before synergy was cool. We’ll give them a pass.

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      November 10, 2014
  33. T.Boyle #

    Those words are iconic.

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    November 10, 2014
  34. oh, goodness, i am so glad someone else on the planet hates HUBBY …. annoys the crap out of me, along with a few other words mentioned here!

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    November 10, 2014
  35. Our language is constantly evolving, in a state of flux. Otherwise we’d still be talking as in the day of Jane Eyre or Charlotte Bronte. Note how hard it is at times to understand those novels and to imagine that there was a time people spoke like that.

    The problem is we are living in an age of dumbing down, and these new words you’ve listed reflect it. It’s a sorry statement on civilization, indeed.

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    November 11, 2014
  36. Eddy D #

    To quote the Simpsons. “That’s perfectly cromulant.”

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    November 12, 2014
  37. Reblogged this on the secondhand wonderland and commented:
    One of the funniest and informative post on annoying words in the English language that I’ve read…

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    November 15, 2014
  38. Have a suggestion for your next issue of Annoying Words: “hack”

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    January 28, 2015
  39. super mfv #

    I hate the word, “robust.” What a stupid overused office tech word. I hate the word, “solution.” As in we are a stupid telecom company and we would love to sell you a solution. Our solutions are robust. How overused can you get. I always feel like someone is bullshitting me when I hear these two words.

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    April 10, 2016

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