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New Year Should See Ending of "Trending" and Other Overused Terms

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Quarterback and Halfback Can Stay, But Good Riddance To Circle Back


As each new year begins, we are delighted with the findings of Lake Superior State University. Its panel assembles a list of words or phrases that need to be put to rest in the upcoming year, overused or nonsensical or oxymoronic terms to which most of us are glad to bid adieu.

USA Today summed up this year's list in its Tuesday January 4, 2022 edition, compliments of columnist Naomi Ludlow. She not only listed the tiresome examples, but she offered justification for their inclusion.

She began with “Wait, What?”, following with “no worries” and “at the end of the day.” Also making the cut to be cut are tiresome expressions like “that being said” and “asking for a friend.”

Particular criticism was fired at “circle back.”

“It's a conversation, not the winter Olympics”, Ludlow stated, before also laying siege to the ubiquitous new normal. “After a couple of years of this, is any of it really new?”

Ludlow also welcomed the hopeful demise of supply chain, which she said has become the “scapegoat for anything that doesn't arrive on time.”

At least a dozen more examples could have been included, starting with the inanly misuse of the word virtual. Every dictionary since its coinage has defined the word as something unreal, a synonym for imaginary, so schools or organziations that hold meetings through video apps are wrong to term such sessions as “virtual.”

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Influencers, a term associated with people who consider themselves stars on social media, is another term that must go in 2022. And while we are on the topic of internet cliches, we must also welcome the ending of “trending.”

Instead of referring to an injection as a shot, for some reason the term has become “jab.” Granted, injection, the proper term was a little long, but shot is just as direct and more professional than jab.

Acronyms are sometimes enduring, especially when news was primarliy learned from space-conscience print newspapers. That day has longed past so we no longer need to use awkward abbreviations like SCOTUS, which has for some reason been deemed easier to identify than simply the Supreme Court.

Society needs also to push backward the redundant “move forward,” which has become a crutch for anyone who has been responsible for a scandal. Republican politicians have urged us to “move forward” from the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, and Democratic New York Governor Mario Cuomo has expressed his belief that we need to “move forward” from his sexual assault allegations.

Gone, too, (hopefully) is the expression “to the extent that,” which is really just a filler phrase signifying nothing. I would much rather hear someone utter a “hmm. . .” or just a short pause, rather than to have my ears assaulted with the five syllables comprising TTET.

Finally, let us round down to zero the times we must hear someone say “sizable number,” a redundancy that reveals an IQ of a single digit.

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