Gag Reflex

Word of the Year? aka Existential Revisited Pt 2

Word Of The Year! Well, no sooner than i post the previous one, I see on my building's "elevator news" that Dictionary.com has chosen "existential" as its Word Of The Year for 2019!  Say no more.  I will be trying...

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Existential. I said it before…

Why do I have to say it again?  In a previous post, I already had to gag about this word: Everyone’s using it now along with the word “threat,” i.e. Existential Threat, a threat to the existence of something or...

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Doesn’t make me gag any less…

Gag. Reiterate. Fancy-sounding word for ""Repeat."

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Forever? Are you sure about that?

Forever. Everything now seems to be changing something “forever.” Of course it has. It’s always been true. Needless, repetitive to create false drama and significance. And now a cliche as well.

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Site-Specific.

Site-specific. When referring to dance, theater, etc. All the world is not a stage.  Will was wrong on that one. Give me the proscenium arch every time. (Yes, a dullard, I know--unimaginative etc.  But i embrace it.)

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Buy a thesaurus. And while you’re at it, grab a dictionary too.

Agent/Agency.  It's everywhere now, suggesting some form of liberation.  How did a word that means "acting for another" come to replace the word "empowerment"?  

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Existential. Stop It.

Existential.  Everyone's using it now along with the word "threat," i.e. Existential Threat, a threat to the existence of something or other.  Let's make sure not to confuse it with Existentialism, which grapples with the issue of individual human responsibility,...

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Gag Reflex: #AtTheEndoftheDay

At the End of The Day.  This is uttered around 50,000 (could be 500,000) times a day on business television programs (Bloomberg, CNBC, etc.) and various live conferences around the country.    

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Gag Reflex: #overused #YouMadeYourPoint #unnecessary

Like. Used fourth or fifth word by our younger population.  Doesn’t just make you want to gag but, after about two minutes of it, to make you run screaming from the room.  My heart especially goes out to the mothers and...

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Gag Reflex: ICONIC

Iconic.  Similar to Curated.  This has been giving us the dry heaves for years, but they keep sticking their fingers down our throats.

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