“I would definitely like to kick some cans of the human variety every time I hear politicians use this phrase to describe a circumstance that hasn’t gone their way.” Christine Tomassini, Livonia, Mich. “Over-used within the last year or so in politics.” John Gates, Cumberland, Maine “Better nip this in the bud – it’s already morphed into ‘quadruple down.'” Marc Ponto, Milwaukee, Wisc.“Much the same as ‘put on the back burner,’ these two phrases still have heat and are still in the road. Raczko, Swanton, Ohio “I can’t turn on the TV any more without being informed that can-kicking has occurred. ” Kathryn, West Chester, Ohio “This blackjack term is now used as a verb in place of ‘repeat’ or ‘reaffirm’ or ‘reiterate.’ Yet, it adds nothing. “It implies supernatural powers — such as the ability to change the weather or levitate.
Cal of Cherry Hill, NJ wonders, “Are there intellectual creditors?
“This alliterative mutation seems to be replacing the word ‘price’ or ‘cost.’ It may be standard business-speak, but must it contaminate everyday speech? No need for a skill set.” – Stephanie Hamm-Wieczkiewicz, Litfield Park, Ariz.
” says Kevin Carney of Chicago, who provided an example in the March 19, 2015 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, pg. “The word ‘swag’ has become a shapeless, meaningless word used in various forms (such as ‘swaggy’) but with no real depth.” – Bailey Anderson, Washington, Iowa.
Nearly all who nominated it found a way to use it in their entries, so we wonder if they’re really willing to let go. “It’s #obnoxious #ridiculous #annoying and I wish it would disappear.” – Jen, Sault Ste. It received nearly as many nominations as “selfie” and “twerk” from coast to coast in the U. It is an insult to the millions of dads who are the primary caregivers for their children. Used by members of each political party when describing members of the other.
#goodluckwiththat “A technical term for a useful means of categorizing content in social media, the word is abused as an interjection in verbal conversation and advertising. A wandering prefix (see 2010’s “Obama-“) finally settles down.
– Beth, Anchorage, Alaska “I am not sure who is responsible, but over the last 12-18 months you cannot watch a sporting event, listen to a sports talk show on radio, or anything on ESPN without someone using this term to attempt to describe an athlete or a contest.” – Dan Beitzel, Perrysburg, Ohio “Every time I hear them say it, I change the channel.” – Brenda Ruffing, Jackson, Mich. News flash: We ALL like food.” – Graydeon De Camp, Elk Rapids, Mich. “It used to have a special significance reserved mainly for fine art and museums. Monthly food and clothing subscription boxes claim to be finely ‘curated.’ Instead of abusing curated, why don’t they say what they really mean: ‘We did an online search and posted the first 25 items we found’ or the ‘curated selection of items in your box this month are a mix of paid placements and products that have failed to sell elsewhere.'” – Samantha Mc Cormick, Kirkland, Wash. I’ve heard Charlie Rose use it, as well as countless numbers of news talking heads, usually for all the wrong reasons. Nobody cares about you.” — David, Lake Mills, Wisc. This common way of describing an automobile collision has now made it from conversation into the news reports.