10 Social Media Words That Need to DIE!

Like all bad (and good) trends, there comes a point when people continue to use social media buzzwords long after the recommended expiration date. Here are a few that need to be cleaned out of the lexicographical fridge.

1. Bestie

What does it mean?

Bestie is short for “best friend” as in:

My 14-year-old cousin spends hours on her iPhone texting her bestie, Fran.

Why it should die:

This an example of a word that has come into our lexicon because it sounds cool and it fits more easily into the 140 character limit. Sure, it's a slightly shorter version of best friend, but it has become more popular than its immediate, and shorter, predecessor—BFF (textspeak for Best Friend Forever). It makes a bit more sense to say “my Bestie” than “my BFF”, but like so many fashion trends, most people perpetuate it because they think it makes them sound young. It's a pointless word, and if it doesn't die soon, it'll be like saying “bosom buddy.”

2. Frenemy

What does it mean?

A combination of “friend” and “enemy” applied to people who say they are friends but who really have it out for each other.

Why it should die:

It's like your Grandpa emerging from an epic visit to the bathroom and exclaiming “Because prune juice!” Ok, that might be funny if it actually happened, but otherwise it's a joke over-explained...

You are either a friend or you're not a friend. And if you are an enemy, then you are a person who is actively hated by someone else. So a frenemy is someone who is actively hated by some two-faced jerkoff who is using a fake friendship with you for some sort of advantage. A person like that is just a straight-up enemy; there is no “friend” aspect at all. Dump this person. And if you have an enemy who you lie to, then you are a butthead and you need to be stopped. I object to this word because people have made it into a trendy word that serves as an excuse for treating your “friends” like crap. It's gone so far as to prompt an episode of This American Life. Stop saying it and stop doing it. Also, the word-combo thing is annoying—why do we need to Brangelina everything we say?

3. Meme

What does it mean?

According to Wikipedia, a meme is "an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture." It comes from the Ancient Greek word mimeme which means “imitated thing.” The word meme is credited to Richard Dawkins' 1976 book The Selfish Gene “as a concept for discussion of evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena. Examples of memes given in the book included melodies, catch-phrases, fashion, and the technology of building arches.”

Why it should die:

The funny thing is—and I haven't read Dawkins' book—that the word itself is a catch-phrase, a trend, a cultural phenomena that just keeps self-perpetuating like bunnies dumped in a park. Also, who is the a-hole who transferred it from the scientific argument about human behavior to an excuse to post 9 million videos on YouTube of people planking? Or Harlem shaking? Or Catbreading?

Even the word is annoying. Say it with me now—meme, meme, meme, meme, meme. It has such a whiny quality to it; I just want to smack it. Worse still is that it sounds so like a word that almost means the exact same thing—theme. Not ironically, most memes are nearly as annoying as the word itself—an endless copycatting of some topic that is usually inane to begin with. As usual, people think they are smart using this word: “Look Ma, I dredged up this word from ancient times!” Are we going to bring back togas next?

Photo via memegenerator.net.

4. Viral

What does it mean?

Viral means that some story or idea has suddenly gotten very, very popular—a video, for instance, of a kid biting another kid's finger that gets 70 gajillion views.

Why it should die:

It seems like this word should be entering its golden years anyway; it's been around long enough. While the metaphor it invokes is not a bad one—the concept of a story getting so popular that it spreads like mono at a make-out party—it's getting a bit staid now. I recently read an article about how the phrase “a canary in a coal mine” has worn out its welcome (a century later), and I hope that we aren't still saying viral in the year 2100.

What annoys me most about the word is how advertisers and marketers have glommed onto it as a strategy for selling us stuff. They plant links that are outrageous and “clickable” to lure us into watching some silly video or reading some incredible (as in—not believable) story, just to see how many of us take the bait. I just watched a PBS special about advertising call The Real Mad Men and Women of Madison Avenue, and in it there was a story of how a company turned the Charlie Bit Me video into an ad for Ragu pasta sauce. They wanted to capitalize on something that “went viral” in its own right to sell tomato sauce—hopefully a lot of tomato sauce.

5. Twee

What does it mean?

Twee is a description of something that is cute to the point of being sickening. Here it is used in a sentence:

What with their squeaky e-sounds and diminutive shortenings of perfectly good phrases, the words “bestie,” “selfie,” and “meme” are the most twee words on the internet.

Why it should die:

Granted, I see far fewer instances of this word polluting my internet than some of the others on this list, but I can't help but cringe when I do. To me, it seems hypocritical to even use this word. To utter twee is the BE TWEE. If you insist on perpetuating this word, you may as well cut your Zooey bangs and start a blog full of pictures of puppies in pink skull t-shirts. 

Photo via feminiya.com.

6. Photobomb

What does it mean?

When someone or something appears in a photo that was intentionally taken of something or someone else. Its resurgence in our lexicon is, apparently, due to an old snapshot that made it on to the internet in 2012 of a stingray appearing to insert itself into a gaggle of women posing during a snorkleing trip.

Why it should die:

One, it's overdramatic. Someone making a terrible face in the midst of a bunch of smiling faces is not akin to a bomb. Sure, some of these are really, really funny, but it seems every time I log in to some social media platform, there is an article about hilarious photobombs—most of which appear to be staged. Two, it's probably fake. The stingray in the popular shot is actually being held up by someone, and while the surprise on the women's faces is real, the shot was a typical joke played by photographers on tourists.

Photobombs have been around as long as photos have, and only now we have a name for it?! Remember bunny ears? I guess it is an easy way to sum up what some might call a ruined photograph, but like almost every term on this list, it's just overused.

7. Selfie

What does it mean?

It's short for self-portrait, usually with a cell phone camera—in a bathroom mirror.

Why it should die:

Because it's NOTHING NEW. As long as there have been cameras (or paint, for that matter), there have been “selfies”. In fact, the internets are replete with people posting pictures of “original selfies” by Colin Powell and some chemist guy in 1839. Why we suddenly feel the need to shorten it to some cutesy word and pretend like we've invented the concept just because our phones have cameras built into the screen side now is beyond me. And then there is the fact that it was voted as a word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. Really? REALLY REALLY? It seems like the culmination of me-culture. We are so self-centered that we had to reinvent a word for immortalizing ourselves. And like Narcissus, we fall in love with our image reflected back at us. Image if that pond had had a “post this to Facebook button.” We'd all be like “OMG, Narcy, I LOVE your haircut!”

Next it will be “footie,” a new word for snapping pictures of your feet—on the beach, with newly painted toenails, or pigeon-toed in a new pair of TOMS. Mark my words. It'll happen.

Pictured: Geraldo Rivera

8. #

What does it mean?

Known as the “hashtag,” this symbol, typically associated with meaning “number,” has been reinvented by social media as a way to link Tweets and Facebook posts together by tagging it with a theme. For instance, if you were to write a Tweet about the president, you might tag it #Obama so that it will be searchable with other Tweets about POTUS.

Why it should die:

You people just can't seem to control yourselves. Reading almost any Facebook post or Tweet these days is like reading a series of asides and inside jokes that are not at all meant to connect one person's post with another. Instead, they are meant to convey something clever or ironic or, let's face it, OBVIOUS. I admit, I was originally a fan of the alternate usage—heres my 2010 article on my blog about them and my article for LitReactor on Hashtag Haiku from 2011.

But lately, I cringe every time I see some status update with a long series of hashtagged comments after it that cover everything from redundancy to irony to cliches. For example: “Just got off the plane in Miami. #beach #bienvenidoaMiami #tantime #nomorewhitelegs #travellady #wheresmyluggage #newbikini”

It reads like 7 elbow nudges to the ribs. Are you really trying to link this message with other people out there needlessly quoting that craptacular '90s hit from Will Smith? I doubt it. Like all things trendy, when they are overdone, they appear desperate. A couple well-timed hashtagged comments are OK, but keep it minimal and deliberate. Otherwise you just look like a buck-naked, barely-legal, Disney has-been riding a wrecking ball. #lookatme

9. Because____

What does it mean?

“Because ____” is a shortened way of expressing causality. Instead of saying “I was late to work today because the roads were snowy.” you say, “I was late to work today because snow.”

Why it should die:

This particular trending phrase should die because it hasn't quite reached the obnoxious levels of “meme” and “viral” and I don't want it to. Sure it was funny at first—sometime around early 2013—but it's already blow through the honeymoon period. By late 2013, we started arguing about its grammatical legitimacy—which, let's face it—sucked the humor right out of it. It's like your Grandpa emerging from an epic visit to the bathroom and exclaiming “Because prune juice!” Ok, that might be funny if it actually happened, but otherwise it's a joke over-explained, so let's just let this one die an early death before it get out of hand.

Picture via The Grumpy Giraffe.

10. YOLO

What does it mean?

It an acronym for “You Only Live Once.” This appears often in pictures or captions of pictures of people about to do (or having just finished doing) something brave/scary/cool/fun/stupid/crazy. For example, the snapshot of a person about to skydive for the first (and maybe last) time might have the caption “YOLO.”

Why it should die:

Because duh. (I know, I know...). Beside the Captain Obvious-ness of the phrase in general, it comes off as braggadocio. Then there is the potential tragic irony implied. Sure, you only live once, and if you don't survive this base jumping stunt you are about to attempt, you only die once, too. If you're gonna do something that compels you to exclaim “YOLO!!” as you throw yourself off a perfectly good bridge, maybe you need to rethink how you are living. Dumbass.

Other words that we ought to bury:

mashups, uber, lol, hipster, buzzword, green...What social media buzz words are on your kill list?

Taylor Houston

Column by Taylor Houston

Taylor Houston is a genuine Word Nerd living in Portland, OR where she works as a technical writer and volunteers on the marketing committee for Wordstock, a local organization dedicated to writing education. She has a BA in Creative Writing and Spanish from Hamilton College and attended Penn State's MFA program in Creative Nonfiction. She has taught writing at all levels from middle school to college to adult, and she is the creator of Writer’s Cramp, a class for adults who just want to write!

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal April 10, 2014 - 7:33am

I am soooo on board...

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Tim Johnson from Rockville, MD is reading Notes From a Necrophobe by T.C. Armstrong April 10, 2014 - 7:35am

I'm with you on most of these, but I think "meme" is pretty useful if a bit vacuous for people who don't follow memes. Outside of the dictionary definition, a "meme" is sort of like a trending Internet joke. For example, remember "yo mama" jokes from the 90s? Today, that would be a meme. Planking and the harlem shake aren't really great examples of memes. I'd reference Sudden Clarity Clarence, Sad Keanu, Scumbag Steve, Overly Attached Girlfriend, or any one of the incantations of jokes referencing Nic Cage (the illustration for this story is a Nic Cage meme).

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Terri Palmer April 10, 2014 - 8:23am

"Twee" is about a century old and not an Internet phenomenon. It's used a lot in Britain to encapsulate saccharine, cutesey and faux-wholesome, and often implies that these qualities are cynical ploys. Tourist traps in Ye Olde Englande are twee, Disney is twee, Norman Rockwell and Thomas Kinkaide are twee, the Campbell Soup Kids are too, as is Hello Kitty. It's a good word in its place, and though it itself is annoying, I think that works in its favour, as it's used about irritating things.

I've not seen it overused on the Internet, but maybe that's just me. It certainly doesn't need the Internet to perpetuate it — I'm sure the Guardian alone could keep it afloat.

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Sanbai from the Midwest is reading The War of Art April 10, 2014 - 10:17am

I'm actually okay with all of these execept "bestie". Complain all you like, they're here to stay!

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Derek Pangallo April 10, 2014 - 10:54am

The great irony is you used the word "epic", which should have died in 2010. http://thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=epic

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Josh Zancan from Crofton, MD is reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck April 10, 2014 - 11:11am

A # is actually just called a hash.  The tag is whatever comes after it.  BUT nobody really thinks of it that way so everybody thinks a # is a hashtag.  I justify it in my own head by telling myself that when I say "hashtag grammys," I am really saying "hash, tag: grammys." (Credit to using "grammy" in my example from this past year, where LL Cool J drilled into my f***ing head).

Also, for what it's worth, I'm all about photobomb, viral, and meme.

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Taylor from Durango, Colorado but living in Portland, Oregon is reading The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart April 10, 2014 - 11:17am

True, I did say epic, and that is one of those horribly overused words. But I meant it in the sense of "having taken a very long time."

For the record: I also say "hella" and fully admit to total hipocrisy. :)

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Josh Calvin April 10, 2014 - 11:22am

You should really read dawkins since both meme and viral come from the same theory.

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Gabriela Fonseca April 10, 2014 - 11:24am

I would have thought Geraldo Rivera could afford a nicest bathroom.

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jojomegbean April 10, 2014 - 11:28am

Really surprised "Frape" is not on the list

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... April 10, 2014 - 11:32am

Maybe I'm missing something but why does "green" need to die? I'm with you 100% on every other word but when did "green" start getting abused and, you know, how? What are people using it for now??

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bscotholladay from Austin TX is reading Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor April 10, 2014 - 11:33am

I think one I would like gone forever is: "... be like: "


That is all over vine and so old. I would be happy if I never saw another "be like" vine.

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Taylor from Durango, Colorado but living in Portland, Oregon is reading The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart April 10, 2014 - 11:34am

@Josh Calvin

I know, I really should read it. It sounds, actually, like a very interesting book. 

I frankly don't take issue with the ideas behind the words, just the rapant  use of these words for inane purposes. Let's face it--most people posting viral memes on the internet have not read him either. 

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Taylor from Durango, Colorado but living in Portland, Oregon is reading The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart April 10, 2014 - 11:44am


I would like to see something more descriptive and meaningful that "green" when used to refer to environmentally friendly practices. Again, great concept turned into a marketing buzzword. 

I don't mean the color green. No problems with the color or it's name. :) I also love Kermt the Frog.



Oh my, YES! I forgot about "be like." Nothing irks me more than intentionally ignorant sounding language. I be like c'mon peeps, you knows yur nots that stoopid.

And, YES, everyone, I AM one of those people who spells out text messages. 

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Throc Morton April 10, 2014 - 11:48am

Meme was around long before the internet as you pointed out. Its most common use I witnessed was in discussing the effect advertisements had individuals and society. A word that denotes the cultural impact of symbols, images and phrases that is transmitted via mass communication within a modern society. Yeah, srew that word. Why? Because, I don't know; It sounds whiny. Well, so do you author. Does dream sound whiny to you too? Please tell me you don't think it's pronounced me-me because that would be hilarious. 

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Richard Skidmore April 10, 2014 - 12:02pm

As an Englishman I cannot help but giggle at the absurdity and irony of Americans wanting to ban (or file to the bin) all these new words being generated by the internet.

indeed words such as "Bestie" have been local colloquial slang in regions of Britain long before the internet was invented! Twee, is as old as Shakespeare and as someone had already stated, is used to describe cute or kitsch.

I am more annoyed at and inflamed by American English becoming more widespread in Britain and generations of children not being able to spell CENTRE, COLOUR and many other English words in favour of bastardised and retarded versions of their own language?

However language and words are an ever evolving medium and are only relevant if used? So before bemoaning new words, perhaps learn to spell "The Mother tongue" and you may find that English has some great words already, such as "ballocks", "pisle" and "wankspanners"! 

Please do not see this as an attack at Americans but just try to remember you don't own the language, that belongs to the children learning it!

As an additional point whilst I know that this article is only a light hearted read and I read it in the spirit as such, didn't we fight a war against a regime that burned books and tried to ban the use of certain words?

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Taylor from Durango, Colorado but living in Portland, Oregon is reading The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart April 10, 2014 - 11:59am


I agree, and yes, I know the internet didn't invent these words. I am not opposed to news (new or old or ressurrected) so much as I am opposed to the abuse of said words.

But I'm not sorry that English children can't spell "colour" since you wankers insist on holding on to that useless extra letter.

Just kidding! I think English speaking children of all nations will soon not be able to spell at all. 

And I worry about that--my kid is only 2 years old.


Keep 'em coming, guys. This is awesome.

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belovedorchid April 10, 2014 - 12:00pm

The word "hipster" did not originate in the social media world. It apparnetly orignated from the Jazz age and was popularized during the 1940s. 

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Lauren Lever April 10, 2014 - 12:20pm

"I can't even" - like shut up, like omg

"STAHP" (I have used this one before, though)

"Dead" (in reference to something funny, a simple haha will suffice)

"#firstworldproblems" - if you know something is silly to complain about, how bout save those 144 characters for something meaningful

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Richard Skidmore April 10, 2014 - 12:10pm

To be honest most English kids are indeed becoming stupid mostly due to Schools letting them down generally but that's political point which I really can't be bothered to go into. All that worries me is as I get old, these "stupid twats" are going to be looking after me in my twilight years!!! To quote that great American Lyrical genius, Yogi bear..."Yoinks!"

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Richard Skidmore April 10, 2014 - 12:13pm

You must all think it funny as I read all your posts and then my silly rant in context, I even type with an English accent ! Ha ha 

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Taylor from Durango, Colorado but living in Portland, Oregon is reading The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart April 10, 2014 - 12:16pm

Richard, I think we would be great friends.

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Repo Kempt from Nova Scotia April 10, 2014 - 1:16pm

The media has ruined the word 'viral'. I saw a news story the other day about a video that apparently went 'viral'. I checked and it had less than 2000 views. That's like reporting on a group of three angry people on a sidewalk and calling it a 'protest'. They have basically made it meaningless.

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Jay Chrisman April 10, 2014 - 1:21pm

Photobomb dates back to at least 2008 when I helped propagate the word. I worked at I Can Has Cheezburger (or Cheezburger.com) when they jumped on the trend bandwagon and registered the domain ThisIsPhotobomb.com.

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Jessi Canlas April 10, 2014 - 1:26pm

Totes and cray need to die... especially coming from someone who is 5 years out of high school. Come on...

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Taylor from Durango, Colorado but living in Portland, Oregon is reading The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart April 10, 2014 - 1:27pm

So it's all your fault, Jay!


Precisely my point, Repo Kempt. It's not the words, it's the abuse of these words at the hands of people who don't use them well. I love your analogy, too. Perfect.

I think, too, media outlets use the word "viral" prematurely in the hopes that it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

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William Rhodes April 10, 2014 - 3:54pm

Gave detention because sandwich. 

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eugeniedefranval April 10, 2014 - 4:32pm

How about the word nerd? I would really like it if that word, in its currently popular form, and geek were to be drawn, quartered, and set on fire in the parking lot soon. Those words are the two most currently annoying words on the planet aside from epic and amazing.  Alrighty? K, thanks. Hugs!

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oe003 April 10, 2014 - 10:35pm

Viral isn't a social media term--it a biology term referring to a viruses tendency to quickly replicate within its host. Which is why we use it to refer to popular internet trends.

Hashtags date back to the 70s and are still used in the same manner, just by different people on different platforms.

I was using bestie when I was in middle school.
Addendum: BFF may be shorter in written language, but not spoken language.

Both Meme and Frenemy date back to the 70s. 
Addendum: Frenemy also is uesed to describe a specific relationship generally promted by a mutual friend hich would cause an outright hatred to be a social fauxpas. Meme hasn't had its meaning altered, its just more widely used... and it still accurate. Just because you don't like the bahvior doesn't mean you have to hate the word.

Twee is a Birtish Term that has been used since the early 1900s.

YOLO originated from Jersey Shore and is just an abbreviation for a colloquial saying over a century old. If you have a problem with YOLO you're not allowed to use acronyms.

Photobomb itself means to destroy a good photo. A definition that we lack another word for.

Which bring me to the over-all point that many of these terms are created to describe things that we don't have words for. Technology has opended up a whole plethora of situation that are craving single word descriptions. 

But the greatest tragedy is that this article is written by a person's who background is in creative writing. Many words we use today originated in non-technical writing throughout the ages and to nitpick what words you think shouldn't be used is hypocritical and censorship.

Addendums were added due to a conversation that I had with someone and I felt the need to vent further.

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cshultz81 from Oklahoma is reading Best Horror of the Year Volume 8 April 10, 2014 - 9:36pm

I don't have too many issues with these, though I do believe selfie needs to go away, or at least be reallocated to a better meaning. For me, selfie just sounds like a euphemism for masturbation--which I guess, given its current context, is accurate.

The most annoying thing about hashtag is when people verbally say it in conversation. Like, "I just snorted eight tons of cocaine, hashtag YOLO." Makes me vomit a little in my mouth every time I hear it.

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Benjamin Joseph from Southern U.S. is reading Knockemstiff April 11, 2014 - 1:50am

I like words. I'd rather they LIVE!

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Robin Karlsson April 11, 2014 - 6:24am

I agree that some of these are pretty annoying, but do we really want them to die? I mean, most are actually useful sometimes, so if we kills these words we'd just have to come up with new ones. I'm all for trying to limit the use of most of them to when they are actually useful and necessary.

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Richard Skidmore April 11, 2014 - 9:49am

The one that I find irritating is "lol"!

it's the text equivalent of canned laughter!

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Chris R Jernigan April 11, 2014 - 10:07am

Maybe you should actually read The Selfish Gene or do some research on memetics before making the decision to do away with one of the most important ideas of the 21st century (I know the book was written in 70s but the idea is much more relevant in this century). You know what really needs to die? "Articles" such as this. You are jumping on an even bigger bandwagon than the one you accuse these words of being on. Every other article on the internet these days is 12 things that make you blah, or 27 pictures that blah blah blah. What is it with all the lists? You should also read Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct. It will help you appreciate even the most annoying words and the trendiest of phrases. 

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Taylor from Durango, Colorado but living in Portland, Oregon is reading The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart April 11, 2014 - 10:26am

I love your rants, guys. They are awesome and so full of righteous passion! This was my rant (and opinion, duh), and I love hearing your rebuttals. 

I, of course, LOVE WORDS. It's what I do. It puts food on my table and light in my soul. I do, actually, appreciate the original meanings and usages of these words, but find careless overuse of any term to be annoying. Maybe "kill" is a strong word, but it get people talking. And, yes, I KNOW they weren't created by social media.

Thanks, Chris, for the suggestion of Pinker's book. I've read several of his other books, and they are usually quite good. And, yes, I am aware of the "10 things that blah" bandwagon. GUILTY. But it works. Just look at all these responses. It's like poking a hornet's nest--you KNOW it's going to piss people off. And look at all of you buzzing!

Thanks for reading everyone, keep the rants comin'!

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Chris R Jernigan April 11, 2014 - 10:36am

You should write another article called "10 lists that empitomize the list craze." ...because lists! :P

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Taylor from Durango, Colorado but living in Portland, Oregon is reading The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart April 11, 2014 - 10:40am

I should! Great idea!

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oe003 April 11, 2014 - 1:40pm

Taylor, that is possibly the most diplomatic response possible. Well played, Madam... Well, played.

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Taylor from Durango, Colorado but living in Portland, Oregon is reading The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart April 11, 2014 - 5:00pm

Thank you, friend. It was a pleasure bouting with you! [bows to Oedhel]

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eirikodin from Auburn, NY is reading Mediterranean Caper by Clive Cussler April 12, 2014 - 11:07am

I'd like to kill a use of the word 'Really'.

Really? Really?

Yes really.  Now STFU.

Thank you for this.


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Alice Pow from Chicago area is reading The Heroes of Olympus series April 15, 2014 - 8:36pm

Language trends are difficult to begin and more difficult to eliminate. Ja feel? Also, dialects, even digital dialects, should be celebrated. Language is an amazing thing and while we sometimes think of these terms as below us, they are part of our incredible ability to communicate. We can learn from all of these terms. Also, how many people who spend a lot of time reading and writing(typing) would otherwise be reading or writing anything without the internet/computers?

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Francziscko Slautre May 18, 2015 - 4:59pm

Let the terms "homophobic", "racist", "bae" and "hipster" die too.

Hipster and Homophobic especially have been butchered beyond belief. Now it just screams "MA!! SOMEONE DOESNT AGREE WITH ME ON THE INTERNET!! WAHHHH!!"

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Aaron AJ Knight September 13, 2015 - 12:27am

I'm tired of LOL. I see that word at least 20 times a day.

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Desislava Dobreva December 22, 2015 - 4:25am

This article had me at times, but lost me at others. It was somewhat okay until I saw you want to erradicate the word "Uber"? What's that about - can you elaborate? You do know this is actually a very successful company in the sharing economy? :-)

Meme is not something that should disappear, because it's simply a term used to describe certain things on the internet. I don't understand where the problem is? Tim Johnson described it pretty well in the comment section.

Moving on to hashtags... I don't believe they should just disappear, because if you know how to use them, they're extremely valuable. They've helped me and millions of other people (and businesses) to get in touch with interesting people and see relevant content that they, otherwise, would never find. I see you wrote that just a few is okay for you, but, in fact, around 8-9 for Instagram have worked best for me for others to discover my content.

I agree with you on everything else - if I see someone over the age of 14 write "BESTIE" one more time, I'll bring back the gilotine. :-D

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深雪司波 from Somewhere in the world. is reading Various things. July 21, 2016 - 5:58pm

Lit, dat, bae, wat, salty, bruhh, brah (appropriate if your a surfer), m8, white knight (unless an actual white knight or involved with chess), anything involved with the Japanese language that kids use outside of context or don't bother to learn the actual meaning behind the word. 

Those are the ones I hear more often than not on any text based chat system these days.

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Plug Ray January 9, 2017 - 5:48pm

"Swag" because it is way overused, at least at my school, (mainly by the boys) and it dosen't even sound cool at all. It just sounds stupid if you ask me. (and cringy)

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notaboomer December 11, 2019 - 4:18am

Ok boomer