Many people are like sheep concerning buzzwords. One participates and the rest follow the herd. Eventually, a buzzword becomes annoying, trite and ready for banishment.
Consider this baker’s dozen:
“Amazing” is said so often it’s meaningless. If everything is “amazing,” then nothing is “amazing.” Amazing means “to fill with wonder” or “to inspire awe.” God’s grace, childbirth, sunrises and sunsets, and modern technology are truly amazing.
A trend is “the general movement in the course of time of a statistically detectable change.” Key word: time. To say that something is “trending” is often a manipulative way to create a prospective trend which hasn’t been validated over time.
The use of “hashtag” is rampant. Designed for twitter accounts, people are using this buzz word to describe ridiculous things — hashtag this, hashtag that. It’s a sheep thing.
Describing a variety of life situations as “crazy” or “insane” is appalling. Crazy means “unsound” or “mad.” Insane means “mentally disordered.” A demanding job or an overbooked schedule is a busy or hectic time, not a “crazy” or “insane” occurrence.
Describing people as “hot” or events as “cool” is the epitome of triteness. Summers are hot and autumns are cool. If being different is the objective, why not use the correct adjectives to describe someone or something?
When an unusually high number of emails, phone calls or tweets are received, such activity is described as “blowing up.” Actually, the communication volume is just high. “Blowing up” is something an angry person or a stick of dynamite does.
“Viral” pertains to an infectious disease. When a video or tweet receives an unusually high amount of attention, that’s all it is. Words matter and should be selected carefully.
The obsession with so-called “selfies” is disgraceful. It reflects the self-indulgence and instant gratification of our times.
When politicians say something controversial and later apologize for such statements, the media likes to say these people “walked back” their remarks. People walk back to their homes and offices. Regretful words are retracted.
For centuries, “gay” meant “merry” or “exuberant.” In recent years, homosexuals and lesbians have used “gay” to describe their lifestyle. People in same-sex relationships should call it just that instead of drastically altering the meaning of “gay.”
Twitter may be a popular social media outlet, but most “tweets” are mindless drivel from people with too much free time. Isn’t “tweeting” for birds?
To say that something is “totally” awesome is absurd. Would someone say that something is partially awesome?
Alas, the most bothersome of all buzzwords is the relentless use of “like.” Like means “to wish to have” (I’d like to have a new car). Like means “similar to” (You look like a drowned rat). Like means “to be fond of” (I like you a lot). It’s foolish to say, “I was like surprised by that pop quiz.” Is someone like pregnant, like sober or like breathing?