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Worn-Out Words & Phrases: 2017
Words and phrases are powerful tools when used correctly in the right
places in a thought or idea. They can also add conversational glue among
those tuned in to the buzz of a current milieu.
Yet not all words and phrases are meant to last forever. Many serve a
fleeting purpose before they lose their relevance or simply become frayed
from use. They’re just too du jour to outlive their trend.
In these events, we have to consider their mission accomplished and let
them fade with their retirement checks in hand. If we pardon them soon
enough, we can even help them depart with dignity.
all seen fashionable words and phrases cooperate in joining and then
leaving our language. We’ve also witnessed ailing ones that refuse to
let go. Some date from as far back as the late 1990s and early 2000s; as
dried-up and tired hangers-on, they bog down what should be nimble
We watch for words and phrases that look to be overstaying their welcome.
By calling them out and issuing pink slips, we aim to uphold the vigor of
We’ve identified the following as either no longer fit for or quickly
losing their figure in fresh, lean, and clean composition. Some may still
insist on loitering despite our best efforts at exclusion, but together we
can help turn most of them back just by reducing their use until we no
longer need them at all.
|at the end of the day
||it’s not rocket science
||so this happened
|by the same token
||think outside the box
|drop(ped) the ball
||on the same page
||under one roof
Weeding these from your writing and speech will help to keep it original
and meaningful. Perhaps you know of yet other words and phrases that are
ready for a phase-out. If so, please share them with us. We’ll review
them for potential inclusion with our list of worn-out words and phrases
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