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"Occupy" makes annual list of most overused words
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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


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1 posted on 12/31/2011 5:31:15 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver; Allegra

Photo by Allegra

2 posted on 12/31/2011 5:36:17 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s amazing how much positive press the occupy movement got.


3 posted on 12/31/2011 5:38:43 PM PST by digger48
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To: Sub-Driver

Good thread. Amazing, actually. Thank you in advance.


4 posted on 12/31/2011 5:40:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: digger48
It’s amazing how much positive press the occupy movement got.

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 :)

5 posted on 12/31/2011 5:46:05 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Now if we could just get rid of these annoying annual lists made by colleges and newspapers.


6 posted on 12/31/2011 5:48:29 PM PST by ThomasThomas ( If you can't laugh at your self, I will for you.)
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To: Sub-Driver

If “diversity” was ever taken off the list, for petes sake put it back on.

Also climate change.


7 posted on 12/31/2011 5:49:12 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: Sub-Driver

“obama” - way overused.


8 posted on 12/31/2011 5:52:28 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


9 posted on 12/31/2011 5:56:26 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Historic. That’s way overused.


10 posted on 12/31/2011 5:56:26 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“and” and “the” - definitely among the overused (see this very sentence!)


11 posted on 12/31/2011 6:00:02 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I always thought “infest” was a more appropriate term than “occupy” for the OWS folks, anyway.


12 posted on 12/31/2011 6:05:20 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: Revolting cat!; Sub-Driver

>>Good thread. Amazing, actually. Thank you in advance.<<

Occupy this thread now underway...


13 posted on 12/31/2011 6:15:31 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: NYTexan

Saw a sign on a tavern in rural Iowa that read “Occupy this Bar” ;-)


14 posted on 12/31/2011 6:20:12 PM PST by bigbob
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15 posted on 12/31/2011 6:28:34 PM PST by Prospero
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To: freedumb2003

Occupied!
16 posted on 12/31/2011 6:48:12 PM PST by Prospero
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To: Revolting cat!
Good thread. Amazing, actually. Thank you in advance.

Well, you know it is what it is.

That's the one I really hate.

17 posted on 12/31/2011 7:11:40 PM PST by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Allegra

“tax breaks for the rich” aka “massive tax cuts for the wealthiest One Perent of Americans”

wretch %$!$!


18 posted on 12/31/2011 7:20:36 PM PST by NDpapajoe ("Our Country isn't what it once was" -- --Hopey Changerton 8-2008 speaking to a 7-yr-old little girl)
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To: Allegra

No problem.


19 posted on 12/31/2011 7:24:33 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Allegra

” . . . 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.


20 posted on 12/31/2011 7:36:58 PM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: Sub-Driver

I would have to vote for “uh” and “Let me be perfectly clear”.


21 posted on 12/31/2011 9:40:00 PM PST by matthew fuller ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill)
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To: Sub-Driver

What is this I don’t even.


22 posted on 12/31/2011 10:48:28 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: matthew fuller

Make no mistake


23 posted on 12/31/2011 11:05:18 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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