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#1 Huge Ackman

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 11:30 AM

My very most hated language trend these days is the creation of new meaning for existing words through their mis-use. At the top of the list for me is "impact" but there are many more.  Do any of you feel the same way?  Add to the list if you like...Or correct me if you think I'm wrong...

NOT verbs:
Impact
Trend
Partner
Gift
.
.
.
.

Now, I realize that I may be wrong about this, at least if/when the very most recent dictionary is released. These often mis-used words may simply get recognized for their incorrect usage so my old-school interpretation of their meaning may be obsolete. However, they'll always get my dander up when mis-used according to my education...

One more that is often mis-used, in my opinion, is "grow" when it refers to an inanimate thing, like a business.  You can't "....grow your business."  You may ".... help your business to grow.:

That is all...

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 11:51 AM

I do tend to agree with you....I hate to see our elegant and complex language misused and even abused on occasion..

A pet hate of mine is the gross misapplication of the word "awesome".

Black Holes are awesome, The Grand Canyon is awesome, what you had for breakfast is not.

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 01:17 PM

View PostFridge, on 18 June 2018 - 11:51 AM, said:

I do tend to agree with you....I hate to see our elegant and complex language misused and even abused on occasion..

A pet hate of mine is the gross misapplication of the word "awesome".

Black Holes are awesome, The Grand Canyon is awesome, what you had for breakfast is not.

AMAZING! does that for me as well.  I have a friend for whom nearly everything they see, do, eat, hear, attend, drive, experience... is AMAZING and it drives me pretty bonkers... but she's an awesome human, a good friend and a very sweet soul so I deal with it...

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 01:24 PM

My pet peeve is "impactful."  I seem to hear it all over these days and I don't even know if it's a real word.  Why not just say "had a great impact" and leave it?  (I know, Twitter, word counts, blah blah blah.  It doesn't mean I have to like it.). :)

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 01:25 PM

The unnecessary insertion of the word "like" into any and every sentence irritates me. It was pointed out to me a few years ago that I used to say it all the time and ever since, I cringe when I say it or hear it.

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 02:43 PM

I was triggered.


Makes me want to grab a baseball bat..... :rage: :rage: (figuratively speaking.....)

to trigger = to activate something, to set something in motion, to cause something to happen, to bring about something, etc.

If you "trigger" something, then that thing MUST be mentioned in the sentence.  Someone or something triggers an explosion, or a chemical reaction, or an emotional reaction (good or bad) from someone.

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 03:20 PM

View Postblueschica, on 18 June 2018 - 01:24 PM, said:

My pet peeve is "impactful."  I seem to hear it all over these days and I don't even know if it's a real word.  Why not just say "had a great impact" and leave it?  (I know, Twitter, word counts, blah blah blah.  It doesn't mean I have to like it.). :)

Cheese is impactful.
Bran is dispactful.

Or so I've been told.

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 03:33 PM

I'm guilty of being lax 'n lazy on TRF with "awesome" etc. I type colloquially most times.
But yes, 'fad words' suck are extremely irritating.

Just about to read "Death Sentences: How Cliches, Weasel Words, and Management-Speak are Strangling Public Language."

Here's a sample:

"Demonstrate and articulate innovative methodologies that will enhance your ability to have your ideas heard (influence) and actioned (project managed)." - University Leadership and Professional Development Program

Overuse of 'awesome' is just lazy.
Overuse of "deliverables" is outright douchey and should be called out immediately, especially if you have to work with said douche.

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 03:43 PM

A couple of people at work are starting to use "freeze voice/vocal fry" -  to me, far worse than weasel-words as it seems incredibly narcissistic ("No, I don't want to have to lean forward to hear the nonsense that you're no-doubt spewing").
How the hell do you stop that?

"Please, please stop talking like a Kardashian."
"Why do have to use that timbre of voice? It's like rust in my ears."
"Oh, it sounds you need a scarf; your voice is freezing."
"Hey, that's a pretty good impression of that kid from 'The Shining'. Can you do Rich Little?"

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 03:50 PM

I'm guilty of using (or overusing) 'awesome'...but old habits n' all, plus I am a child of the 80s.  Hard to let that shit go.  At least I'm not talking 'valley girl' all the time (not that I was back then, but still, it did leak into the casual daily lexicon of the middle/high- schooler of the times)... I will endeavor to use 'awesome' less unless something truly warrants it.  Oh, and usage of the word 'awesomesauce' in any application, at all, will result in that person getting kicked in the head.  There is no excuse for that shit.

And I hate corporate speak.  Those sentences don't even make any sense!!  And the onerous leaking over into resume writing that results..gotta hit those keywords so to make the computer readers 'ping'.

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 04:17 PM

OH, oh!!...and the trend a few years ago turning 'whisper' into 'whisperer' to indicate someone w/ a skill for training something.  GAH...it sounds so stupid!!!  

Ok.  I'm done.


There'll be more though, I'm sure.

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 04:19 PM

View PostHuge Ackman, on 18 June 2018 - 01:17 PM, said:

View PostFridge, on 18 June 2018 - 11:51 AM, said:

I do tend to agree with you....I hate to see our elegant and complex language misused and even abused on occasion..

A pet hate of mine is the gross misapplication of the word "awesome".

Black Holes are awesome, The Grand Canyon is awesome, what you had for breakfast is not.

AMAZING! does that for me as well.  I have a friend for whom nearly everything they see, do, eat, hear, attend, drive, experience... is AMAZING and it drives me pretty bonkers... but she's an awesome human, a good friend and a very sweet soul so I deal with it...

Amazeballs

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 04:36 PM

View PostAlien Girl, on 18 June 2018 - 03:50 PM, said:

I'm guilty of using (or overusing) 'awesome'...but old habits n' all, plus I am a child of the 80s.  Hard to let that shit go.  At least I'm not talking 'valley girl' all the time (not that I was back then, but still, it did leak into the casual daily lexicon of the middle/high- schooler of the times)... I will endeavor to use 'awesome' less unless something truly warrants it.  Oh, and usage of the word 'awesomesauce' in any application, at all, will result in that person getting kicked in the head.  There is no excuse for that shit.

And I hate corporate speak.  Those sentences don't even make any sense!!  And the onerous leaking over into resume writing that results..gotta hit those keywords so to make the computer readers 'ping'.

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Agreed.   Now leverage that disdain into something impactful in the corporate space.

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 05:06 PM

Perfect!


:facepalm: :facepalm:     I hear this all the time from younger people working in retail, restaurants, etc.  They use it to describe NOTHING of importance.    

Miss, there is nothing "perfect" about the simple order that I just gave you, or the handful of items I put on your counter to be scanned.  Do you understand?!   You obviously don't know how to use that word in proper context, so how about NOT using it.....

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 06:40 PM

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My pet peeve is "impactful."  I seem to hear it all over these days and I don't even know if it's a real word.  Why not just say "had a great impact" and leave it?  (I know, Twitter, word counts, blah blah blah.  It doesn't mean I have to like it.). :)

Appreciative.... argh!  Same thing as "impactful".  Add a suffix to the word to create a new nonsensical spin on an already functional word. It's just plain lazy, if you ask me.  You get to use the one word instead of 3 or 4...

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 06:42 PM

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View Postblueschica, on 18 June 2018 - 01:24 PM, said:

My pet peeve is "impactful."  I seem to hear it all over these days and I don't even know if it's a real word.  Why not just say "had a great impact" and leave it?  (I know, Twitter, word counts, blah blah blah.  It doesn't mean I have to like it.). :)

Appreciative.... argh!  Same thing as "impactful".  Add a suffix to the word to create a new nonsensical spin on an already functional word. It's just plain lazy, if you ask me.  You get to use the one word instead of 3 or 4...

In the sporting world... Physicality and athleticism... made-up words to reduce a 3 or 4 word idea to a single fabricated "word".

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 07:10 PM

View PostHuge Ackman, on 18 June 2018 - 06:42 PM, said:

View PostHuge Ackman, on 18 June 2018 - 06:40 PM, said:

View Postblueschica, on 18 June 2018 - 01:24 PM, said:

My pet peeve is "impactful."  I seem to hear it all over these days and I don't even know if it's a real word.  Why not just say "had a great impact" and leave it?  (I know, Twitter, word counts, blah blah blah.  It doesn't mean I have to like it.). :)

Appreciative.... argh!  Same thing as "impactful".  Add a suffix to the word to create a new nonsensical spin on an already functional word. It's just plain lazy, if you ask me.  You get to use the one word instead of 3 or 4...

In the sporting world... Physicality and athleticism... made-up words to reduce a 3 or 4 word idea to a single fabricated "word".

NFL announcers, and the players as well, just butcher the English language.  

They play aggressive (not aggressively).  They play physical (not physically).  Adverbs have no place in NFL talk..... :laughing guy:

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 07:45 PM

View PostPrincipled Man, on 18 June 2018 - 07:10 PM, said:

View PostHuge Ackman, on 18 June 2018 - 06:42 PM, said:

View PostHuge Ackman, on 18 June 2018 - 06:40 PM, said:

View Postblueschica, on 18 June 2018 - 01:24 PM, said:

My pet peeve is "impactful."  I seem to hear it all over these days and I don't even know if it's a real word.  Why not just say "had a great impact" and leave it?  (I know, Twitter, word counts, blah blah blah.  It doesn't mean I have to like it.). :)

Appreciative.... argh!  Same thing as "impactful".  Add a suffix to the word to create a new nonsensical spin on an already functional word. It's just plain lazy, if you ask me.  You get to use the one word instead of 3 or 4...

In the sporting world... Physicality and athleticism... made-up words to reduce a 3 or 4 word idea to a single fabricated "word".

NFL announcers, and the players as well, just butcher the English language.  

They play aggressive (not aggressively).  They play physical (not physically).  Adverbs have no place in NFL talk..... :laughing guy:
:goodone: Yes!  That is so true. I have found myself wanting to holler " use LY" at the tv!

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 07:51 PM

View Postblueschica, on 18 June 2018 - 07:45 PM, said:

View PostPrincipled Man, on 18 June 2018 - 07:10 PM, said:

View PostHuge Ackman, on 18 June 2018 - 06:42 PM, said:

View PostHuge Ackman, on 18 June 2018 - 06:40 PM, said:

View Postblueschica, on 18 June 2018 - 01:24 PM, said:

My pet peeve is "impactful."  I seem to hear it all over these days and I don't even know if it's a real word.  Why not just say "had a great impact" and leave it?  (I know, Twitter, word counts, blah blah blah.  It doesn't mean I have to like it.). :)

Appreciative.... argh!  Same thing as "impactful".  Add a suffix to the word to create a new nonsensical spin on an already functional word. It's just plain lazy, if you ask me.  You get to use the one word instead of 3 or 4...

In the sporting world... Physicality and athleticism... made-up words to reduce a 3 or 4 word idea to a single fabricated "word".

NFL announcers, and the players as well, just butcher the English language.  

They play aggressive (not aggressively).  They play physical (not physically).  Adverbs have no place in NFL talk..... :laughing guy:
:goodone: Yes!  That is so true. I have found myself wanting to holler " use LY" at the tv!
Another per peeve...They always use resiliency when they mean resilience.

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 08:15 PM

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 18 June 2018 - 07:51 PM, said:

View Postblueschica, on 18 June 2018 - 07:45 PM, said:

View PostPrincipled Man, on 18 June 2018 - 07:10 PM, said:

View PostHuge Ackman, on 18 June 2018 - 06:42 PM, said:

View PostHuge Ackman, on 18 June 2018 - 06:40 PM, said:

View Postblueschica, on 18 June 2018 - 01:24 PM, said:

My pet peeve is "impactful."  I seem to hear it all over these days and I don't even know if it's a real word.  Why not just say "had a great impact" and leave it?  (I know, Twitter, word counts, blah blah blah.  It doesn't mean I have to like it.). :)

Appreciative.... argh!  Same thing as "impactful".  Add a suffix to the word to create a new nonsensical spin on an already functional word. It's just plain lazy, if you ask me.  You get to use the one word instead of 3 or 4...

In the sporting world... Physicality and athleticism... made-up words to reduce a 3 or 4 word idea to a single fabricated "word".

NFL announcers, and the players as well, just butcher the English language.  

They play aggressive (not aggressively).  They play physical (not physically).  Adverbs have no place in NFL talk..... :laughing guy:
:goodone: Yes!  That is so true. I have found myself wanting to holler " use LY" at the tv!
Another per peeve...They always use resiliency when they mean resilience.

Irregardless....




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