Skip to comments."Occupy" makes annual list of most overused words
Posted on 12/31/2011 5:31:10 PM PST by Sub-Driver
"Occupy" makes annual list of most overused words Photo 7:48pm EST
By Ros Krasny
BOSTON (Reuters) - Occupy this: the trash bin. At least, so say students at Michigan's Lake Superior State University who released an annual list of words they deem so misused, overused and cliched they should be banished in the year ahead.
"Occupy," the term associated with the months-long protest movement in New York and across the United States against income inequality and a variety of other social ills, was among the 12 nominees after just a few months of overexposure.
"It has been overused and abused, even to promote Black Friday shopping," said Grant Barnett of Palmdale, California, who was among those to nominate the word.
"We are headed to Grandma's house - Occupy Thanksgiving is under way," said Bill Drewes of Rochester Hills, Michigan, giving another example of how the word has been overused.
At the head of the class, though, was the word "amazing," which garnered nominations from around the United States and from as far away as Israel and the United Kingdom for inclusion on the list by the school in remote Sault Ste. Marie.
Many nominators mentioned overuse on television, specifically by personalities such as Martha Stewart and Anderson Cooper, and on reality TV.
"Every talk show uses this word at least two times every five minutes. Hair is not 'amazing.' Shoes are not 'amazing,'" said Martha Waszak of Lansing, Michigan.
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It’s amazing how much positive press the occupy movement got.
Good thread. Amazing, actually. Thank you in advance.
Funny you should say that - just this morning I was laughing at a lib on a local newspaper forum who whines about how little press they get and it is all so derogatory. It was just too funny.
Amazingly, I didn't claim he was amazing in his total blindness :)
Now if we could just get rid of these annoying annual lists made by colleges and newspapers.
If “diversity” was ever taken off the list, for petes sake put it back on.
Also climate change.
“obama” - way overused.
My nomination is the word “Implode”, nothing explodes any more, everything has to implode.
Even posters of articles at F.R. see fit to abuse the word in their parenthetical editorializing with titles.
Historic. That’s way overused.
“and” and “the” - definitely among the overused (see this very sentence!)
I always thought “infest” was a more appropriate term than “occupy” for the OWS folks, anyway.
>>Good thread. Amazing, actually. Thank you in advance.<<
Occupy this thread now underway...
Saw a sign on a tavern in rural Iowa that read “Occupy this Bar” ;-)
Well, you know it is what it is.
That's the one I really hate.
“tax breaks for the rich” aka “massive tax cuts for the wealthiest One Perent of Americans”
” . . . it is what it is.”
I agree about that one. Every time I hear somebody say that, I want to yell at them, “No, it is what it ISN’T,” just to be contrary.