Words of 2017, Misused and Overused

 

Unknown.jpegLake Superior State University, of Northern Michigan, released its 43rd annual list of words and phrases that chilled many of us to the core in 2017. Here are the 14 that made the list:

Unpack (not talking about suitcases here)

Tons

Dish

Pre-owned

Onboarding/Offboarding

Nothingburger

Let that sink in

Let me ask you this

Impactful (I can still recall the first time I heard this, about eight years ago, and I’m still shuddering)

Covfefe (Did we ever figure out what this meant?)

Drill down

Fake news

Hot water heater (It’s a cold water heater—or just a water heater)

Gig economy

Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year is youthquake, while Merriam- Webster went with feminism.

I’d also add “Believe me.” When I hear that, I immediately question the veracity of the speaker. What are your “favorites”?

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