Banned Words for 2011

Lake Superior State University has just released its “2011 List of Banished Words.” Check it out here. It’s pretty good. I’m especially pleased that they included “Man up.”

But they left out so many awful words and terms, including one of my personal annoyances, “reach out to” as a synonym for “contact.”   Or what about “no worries!” in place of “you’re welcome?” Didn’t that use to be Australian? Why do I need to have it in Los Angeles?

Here are some words I don’t want to see or hear in 2011:

Amazeballs

ridic

Margiela

Shearling

Kardashian

Iconic

Curated

Trending

In This Economy

Foursquare

Lanvin

Girl-Crush

Crazy – (anything)

Minaj


Which ones have I left out??

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104 Responses to “Banned Words for 2011”

  1. Caz Says:

    ‘Hard,’ As in: ‘I fell so HARD for those totally ridic Margiela boots with the killer shearling lining.’

    Much Love
    x

  2. Joy D. Says:

    Hold on, people is on the list, what the fuck?!

  3. patni Says:

    Shop, as in shop a store not shopping in a store or shopping a closet.

    Rocking, instead of wearing, you can wear an outfit, and look great in it, but you can not rock it…pleeeease.

    A trouser or pant unless you are one legged , they are trousers, or pants.

    There are so many more. My brain buzzes with the annoying way people use our language.

    I really really hate reach out to mean contact, that must be one of the most annoying.

  4. patni Says:

    o man everything…. manpurse mantrum to mean tantrum

  5. patni Says:

    I imagine people is on because it tends to be used to address groups of people in an annoying fashion, am I right people?

  6. patni Says:

    Insanely fabulous, insanely anything.
    ok i will stop now or go and think it out properly.

  7. the real andrea Says:

    sick- as in “those shoes are sick!!!” to mean “so great” or “incredible”

    “my bad” when you make a mistake or “epic fail” in the same vein

    this or that is “amazing” which is used for just about anything to mean that it’s so good you can’t believe it. See also “insane” above.

    My “boo” to mean your significant other. Started by Beyonce, i think, and is only credible when SHE uses it to refer to Jay Z.

    Give me some time, I can probably come up with more.

  8. Cricket9 Says:

    I’d like to add “time of restraint” – which I hear at work at least 3 times per hour. Time of restraint means, we try to save pennies (no Christmas lunch this year – time of restraint!) at the same time throwing thousands out of the window (we need to hire a consultant to add credibility to our proposal. $13,600.00? No problem!). If I hear it one more time in the New Year, I’m ready for a restraining straight jacket!

  9. the real andrea Says:

    left out “friend” used as a verb. “so and so asked me to friend her on facebook. What should I do?”

  10. Iron Chic Says:

    covet, crave, obsess…can we ban an entire way of speaking? You know that kind of baby Kardashian valley girl talk where they stretch out the last word forever? Like “I am totally obsessed with those Margiela shaooooes.”
    It makes me want to punch, especially when I hear it in Toronto.

  11. Chandra Says:

    Icon
    Chic
    Classy
    Classic
    Bryan Boy
    Jel (as in jealous)

  12. Aja Says:

    “It girl”. No more.

  13. patni Says:

    Calling the victims of horrible disasters heroes. They are not, the people who risk their lives to save them may be heroes, but a hero is not some one who has really bad things happen to them. And… what about fallen hero, there is nothing wrong with that, except it seems to have become a cliche. There must be other ways to express this.
    I do also know how foolish it is.. because i butcher the language like no other.

  14. Julia Says:

    “Man Cave.” Ugh. SHUT UP!

  15. E Says:

    insane
    obsessed
    curate (outside of a museum environment)
    organic
    trouser (the annoying fashion-singular)
    tragic
    sick (unless in context of illness)

    made up words like diarize (to make a note in your diary – I go to too many meetings) and the phrase ‘at this moment in time’ (use the word now for all of our sakes)

    misspellings not picked up by a spell-checker such as sneak peak (make me scream at the screen).

    I also hate people using terms like bi-polar and schizophrenic when they have no fecking clue what they are talking about.

    I can probably think of many more but I need to go and lie down for a while ….

  16. E Says:

    I forgot the …
    “un-politically correct attitude of French Vogue”
    and oppressed (when used in the context of I can’t do exactly what I want)

  17. PP Says:

    ‘rad’ It was cute when I was 7 in the 1980s, not anymore.
    ‘fuckyeah’ as a preface to anything. It’s a real nerve grater.
    ‘curate’ Don’t even need to explain why this one needs to go to the trash heap.

  18. Carrie Says:

    The most annoying word of 2010, and one I hope to never hear again (as if):
    Twitter

    My prediction for the 2011 honor (and let me know if this is just me):
    Man-Repeller

  19. Marky Says:

    ‘hate on’

  20. Dunc Says:

    “Let me be clear…” (You don’t need permission.)
    “Paradigm” (Oh yeah? Define.)
    “Valuation” (Oh yeah? Define.)
    “Game-changer” (I’m not playing.)
    “Peace Process” (War Process.)
    “Piggy-back” on a discussion point (No. Get the hell off.)
    “Literally” (Figuratively.)
    “Socialist” (Capitalist.)

  21. Ann Says:

    I dislike words used as verbs that shouldn’t be (party, traffic, pleasure, Google, etc.). Big agreement with you on Minaj. Get that useless bitch outta here.

  22. Braindance Says:

    I feel my third eye throb with annoyance when people start or finish a sentence with “at the end of the day”
    What day? The day you started talking bollocks? The day when you did something amoral and are now trying to backtrack?
    The day you started judging other people whilst having no clue what you are talking about?
    What fucking day?!

    I also get angry when people say like in-between other words
    For example: “So, I was so like about to like hate on him, but like, at the end of the day, I just like walked away”

    My daughter picked it up from school and EVERY TIME she said like, I would shout in an angry yob way.
    I wouldn’t shout anything in particular, just guttural, chanting noises that you hear a collective make at a British football match.
    I explained that what I was doing made about as much sense as her saying like for no reason
    Supermarket, school playground, dinner table, I was there, shouting.
    She soon stopped.
    What can I say? As my oldest daughter loves to tell me, I am the most immature adult she knows. An accolade I am proud of.

  23. theresa Says:

    any american slang that ADR uses on her blog, any new slang my sister has picked up in her six months back east, TROUSER (thanks E) so..obviously also PANT, “pow pow” is something limited to Colorado probably….but I’d add that in as well, “presh” (precious,) photobomb, awk, “so good” to describe fashion stuff.

    the “so good” is the worst.

  24. Tanya Says:

    How about “ah ha moment?”

  25. Tanya Says:

    Nevermind, they took care of it. ^

  26. Constance Says:

    Vintage- For anything that is less than 100 years.

    Effortless

    Thrifted

  27. Sheri Says:

    Your mom.
    I know it’s two words, but still.

    http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Your_mom is pretty funny though.

  28. Lorena Says:

    Reading fashion blogs is one of the easiest ways to develop horrible writing habits. Everyone ends up using the same slang and catch-phrases in their attempts to be engaging writers. I’m reminded of cheesy columns in fashion magazines, packed with puns and alliteration. It makes me groan.

    I like these posts, you (and everyone who comments) make me think about my own bad habits (I have many!) and I want to try and weed them out. At one point I found myself using ‘insanely’ and ‘ridiculously’ and I felt ashamed and quickly cut them from my vocabulary. I use the word ‘just’ all of the time, even though it’s rarely necessary. I’m guilty of ‘my bad’.

    I’m tired of hearing:
    -chic
    -hipster
    -statement piece
    -achingly
    -the internet referred to as the ‘internets’
    – fail, and worse, EPIC FAIL, especially written in all capitals.

    I’m most annoyed with ‘fashion journalist’ and ‘fashion magazine’ style writing. I’m tired of reading posts full of beauty and style tips, sentences starting with ‘listen up ladies!’, trend reports, rhyming, anything reminiscent of Sex and the City. I hate it all.

  29. Sheri Says:

    Oh oh oh how cold I forget?
    Bucket list.

    Can you hear the retching sound from there?

  30. Sheri Says:

    Crap.
    Could. How could i forget? This stupid iPad keeps fixing my typos wrong.

  31. Drooling Isn't Pretty Says:

    shoe lust and “chic”. chic needs to be outlawed.

  32. gail Says:

    I’m tired of,

    “no worries” instead of “you’re welcome” – hate it. same with “no problem” instead of “you’re welcome”. I once told a waiter “thank you”, he replied “no problem” so I told him he better not have a problem with it.

    another of yours – “reach out to” instead of “contact”

    is “share” on the list? I’ve always hated “I want to share with you”, just say “I want to tell you”.

    “as well” instead of of “too” or “also”

    Trending
    Thrifted
    Ridiculously
    Insanely

    That said
    That being said
    Having said that (all of these three are becoming grossly overused)

    lol, and all the other texting things when used in e-mails at work

  33. Beannie71 Says:

    Braindance. I agree. At ‘the end of the day’ it is 11.59 and nothing else. Nothing else! No realization will be forthcoming, no wisdom revealed, it is only 11.59 or one minute to twelve and nothing else.

  34. kate Says:

    i’d listen to sentences containing nothing but all these horrible, meaningless, overused words all day if i never had to hear the word “literally” ever again.

  35. the real andrea Says:

    and another- “this is SO MAJOR!!!!”

  36. the real andrea Says:

    internet referred to as the interwebs. What is that?

  37. cheraya Says:

    To add to the impressive lists above:

    “Going forward”
    Split infinitives
    To gift
    To diarise

    There are so many that annoy me.

  38. lyn f Says:

    ‘Absolutely’ – here in the UK I’m sick of hearing it, it seems to be replacing a simple ‘yes’……….I fear it is on the increase.

  39. patni Says:

    I’ll go ahead and do that… just do it.
    at the end of the day
    at this hour..
    most of the stupid meaningless phrases that newscasters use to fill up the time.

  40. monika Says:

    “i’m just saying” or “just saying/just sayin” – hate all versions of this term.

    i work with a girl who refers to surfing as “being in the green room”….that might be an all time low.

  41. Kathryn Says:

    gifting and gifted… What happened to “I gave a gift.” ?

  42. patni Says:

    Monika,Dylan on 90210 used to call it that too.

  43. Cybill Says:

    POP – as in “the green will just pop against the black background” “the colour makes it pop”.

    Pop puts me in a murderous rage.

  44. Tanya Says:

    I am tired of “awesomeness” and “ridiculousness.”

  45. patni Says:

    eeeewww ‘pop”

  46. Grace Says:

    “Totes” instead of totally.

    “Literally.” Most people use it incorrectly. There are better ways to say what you mean than using the word literally for everything.

    Calling your child your “little.” Young, hipster mothers tend to do this. Your baby is your child – someone you care for and nurture – not your BFF. You have to wait until they’re at least 18 and catch you smoking pot before your kid can be your BFF. And at that point, they’re no longer little.

    “Don’t get me wrong.” – Always irksome, not just in 2010.

  47. Tanya Says:

    When indicting someone or something: “I’m looking at you, __________.”

  48. Bevitron Says:

    This is great – I’m getting educated about all this. I’m so in my own world and out of touch, I knew none of this shit! NONE! Well, maybe a word or phrase here & there. I especially love the one about “trouser” and “pant.”

    I’m guilty of using my own little private list of words incessantly. For some reason I’ve latched on to incontrovertible, inalienable, trenchant, and foment.

    It’s interesting about like – when I was a kid my friends & I used to imitate the beatnik Maynard G. Krebs character on the “Dobie Gillis” show, using “like” about every 5th word or so, and it was hysterically funny to us because nobody we knew ever actually talked like that, and we were absolutely sure nobody ever had or ever would. Hunh.

  49. Sister Wolf Says:

    Caz- Horrible.

    patni – Insanely ONLY belongs in descriptions of the psychotic.

    the real andrea – Oh god, “sick.” Hate it.

    CRicket9 – Ugh, haven’t heard much of it but take it away.

  50. Sister Wolf Says:

    Iron CHic – Horrible.

    Chandra – “Jel” ?!? Fuck!

    Aja – It anything, awful.

    Julia – Eeoow, Man anything, hate it. Except for Manbag, which I like.

    E – Oh no, diarize?? I don’t want any ize stuck onto any nouns. “Incentivize” etc etc etc. No.

  51. Sister Wolf Says:

    PP – YES!

    Carrie – It’s not just you!!!!!!! It’s just you and me! xoxoxoxo

    Marky – As if it’ll ever stop.

    Dunc – Oh god “game-changer” , thank you, I actually shuddered.

    Ann – I just found out about her and was sick of her immediately.

  52. Sister Wolf Says:

    Braindance – I wish you would adopt me.

    Constance – Agree!

    Sheri – I used to like it when my kid said it, since I AM his mom.

    Lorena – I hate it all too. WORds still matter even if you write about fashion!

    Kate – and pronounced ” lit-trilly” is the worst.

  53. susan Says:

    “me thinks”… just loathe it!

    constance- i believe that your definition correctly defines the word “vintage”. anything older is considered “antique”.

  54. E Says:

    Vintage pertains to wine not clothing.
    The 100 years or older business of ‘antiques’ is I believe, a legal definition.
    Such a shame that there is this distaste these days for the word ‘old’.

  55. Braindance Says:

    Beannie71, such a good point.
    Here is another reason to get angry with our fellow humans on the first day of the year:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_531bFsrjA

  56. Nat Says:

    I hate “colour pop”. If I ever read that phrase in a fashion magazine again, I shall rip up said magazine and devote the rest of my life to spartan pursuits or something like that. Also I cant bare FAIL, EPIC FAIL or any other geeky talk. My boyfriend would also like to add that he hates the word “puddings”, it makes him feel sick each time he hears it, bless him.

  57. JK Says:

    Is ‘pant’ acceptable if it’s used to indicate, “I’ll pant until Sister Wolf posts again?”

  58. the real andrea Says:

    I am, sad to say, guilty of this one, but using the word “vintage” to refer to used clothing, even if it was from the ’90s. It’s really just used clothing. I was always of the mind that vintage had to refer to something that was over 100 years old, like an antique.

    Describing thrift shop clothing (which, many times, is the stuff that people gave away because it was hideous) as “thrift” and looking for and finding this crap, having been “thrifted”. Hate this!

    Also, the expression, “FUCK YEAH!” as used by uber cool hipster wannabes.

  59. EJ Says:

    “Just sayin'” – normally they are “just sayin'” something misogynistic/racist.
    “Wake up!!!” (with the exclamation marks, normally relating to some political conspiracy theory)
    “Real man/men” – as opposed to all the pretend ones I suppose…?

    It’s not a trend, but I hate the word bitch. Someone calling me a bitch normally brings out the violent thug in me. I once clonked someone on the head with a video game controller because of it. In my defence, he collected Nazi memorabilia and was a generally vile man so I refuse to feel bad about it AND I’d warned him.

    I am guilty of overusing/just plain using “totes”, “lol/lolz” and “OMG”. Forgive me!

  60. Dru Says:

    I agree with Lorena about fashion blogs often sounding inarticulate and stuffed with the same slang (I suspect my own blog ended up sounding as bad somewhere along the way). Though there are places where the writing is even worse, e.g. Jezebel, whose writers get paid to sound faux-snappy and occasionally honestly moronic.

  61. Dru Says:

    And it’s too much to hope for, but I really want the word “fashionista” to die.

    Along with the overuse of the word “vintage”. I can take the idea of clothing 15-20 years old or older being called vintage (vintage Romeo Gigli? perfectly plausible), but when someone posts about her “vintage black leggings”, it crosses several lines of stupidity.

    Thank you, my lovely fellow commenters, for listing out several of the other words I’d like to take a knife to, so that I didn’t have to do it. And happy 2011 to all of you!

  62. Dru Says:

    Oh, and I have yet another- “anyways”. It’s not even a word, your using it constantly will not confer vocabulary legitimacy on it.

    And yet another, though this isn’t so much a word as a grammar nitpick- please, can people learn the difference between “bear” (verb, not furry animal” and “bare”? The city has to “bear” the expense of a blizzard cleanup, not “bare” it. Honestly.
    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/12/in_hells_kitchen_cost_of_blizz.html

  63. tartandtreacly Says:

    If “vintage” clothing was restricted to meaning Edwardian era and older, there would be very few pieces of them lying around, and most wouldn’t be wearable. I’m fine with categorizing a 70’s Thea Porter or an 80’s Galanos garment as vintage.

    “real women”
    “fatshion”
    “upcycled”
    “microbrew”
    “on trend”
    “This.”
    “chesticles”

  64. Sister Wolf Says:

    Dru – It’s worth repeating, “anyways” IS NOT A FUCKING WORD.

  65. Style Odyssey Says:

    Oh dear. I haven’t a clue what some of these mean and certainly don’t want to know. If something sounds annoying to my ears, I steer clear.

    I admit to saying “no worries”. However, I think I should be excused, as it’s a common phrase in the West Indies, my former home.

    Here’s one I loathe: “shout out”. What the hell is that? I don’t appreciate shouting nor ending a sentence with a preposition (although I admit to doing both but hopefully not at the same time).

  66. Style Odyssey Says:

    P.S. Two more:

    Fashionista- one of the most inane made-up words ever. I hate “fashionista” so much that I actually had problems typing it here. Perhaps I am wrong but I believe it’s incorrect to use -ista anyway. Activist = activista? I think not.

    As per usual- what’s wrong with saying “as usual”?

  67. Jaimi Says:

    I HATE ‘amazeballs’, where did that even come from?? Urgghhh…

    I’d like to ban basically every idiotic canned term right wing politicians use: ‘game changer’, ‘lamestream’, etc. SO DUMB.

    ‘Curate’, used in the context of writing a fashion or art blog really bothers me. NO. So fucking obnoxious and self-aggrandizing.

    ‘Socialist’, ‘anarchist’, etc, ALWAYS MISUSED. Are people totally oblivious to dictionaries or something? (A: yes).

    ‘Killing it’. Unless it refers to you know, actually killing something.

    Also ‘real women’. Fuck anyone who uses that term. So fucking stupid. I feel like it defacto excludes any female under 150 pounds with breasts smaller than a D cup. Not that I really want to be included with the morons who throw around that term freely, but I am also female so.

    I also agree with Dru that the writing style on fashion blogs and websites like Jezebel is so incredibly irritating.

    I do I find the sudden popularity of ‘deal with it’ hilarious. That phrase was kind of an inside joke amongst my housemates and I because someone found the old myspace profile of our douchey housemate, discovered he was somehow even more of a tool when he was younger, and the kicker was the closing line in his about me section: “I’m Martin, DEAL WITH IT”.

  68. Nicole Says:

    I’m going to add “COSTUMED” or “my costume of the day” which is used on fashion blog sites to no end. Unless you are Al Jourgensen and Halloween is Everyday then you are wearing clothing, not costumes.

  69. kirsten Says:

    ep·ic   
    [ep-ik] —adjective Also, ep·i·cal.
    1.
    noting or pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style: Homer’s Iliad is an epic poem.
    2.
    resembling or suggesting such poetry: an epic novel on the founding of the country.
    3.
    heroic; majestic; impressively great: the epic events of the war.
    4.
    of unusually great size or extent: a crime wave of epic proportions.

    not “oh my god this primark top is such a find, so epic!” or (as someone else noticed) “EPIC FAIL!” . also, when internet slang is purposely mocked, but in an incredibly annoying way that just eliminates and cancels out any funny aspect to what is being said. example: “HAD SO MANY LOLZ LAST NIGHT ON THA INTERWEBZ OMGZZZZZ”

  70. Pam Power Says:

    When fuckhead beauty bloggers describe a makeup item as their “go-to” product. And as someone mentioned above “bang-on-trend” FUCK.

  71. Pam Power Says:

    Oh and due to too much wine I forgot “bold red lip” Happy New Year!

  72. Isabella Says:

    When bloggers refer to their boyfriend as “The Boy”. Just stop it.

  73. Mamasan Says:

    anything that involves the word “moto”, booties, and vintage. anything purchased at a thrift store now is vintage…i suppose.

  74. Mamasan Says:

    and the word goth.

  75. Dru Says:

    Jaimi- “Killed it” was a very commonly used term at my college for (people who’d) done well at exams or other difficult things- shit that counted as achievements, that is.
    I think my friends who used it would be astonished to hear people using it to refer to other people who’d mastered the incredibly difficult task of….dressing themselves.

    I also agree about the “real women” stupidity. If I’m not large enough for someone’s taste, does that mean they can imply that I’m, er, imaginary (which would follow from being “not real”)? I’m all for skinny white teenagers not being promoted as the only ideal of beauty there is, but inclusiveness isn’t going to be achieved by demonising anyone for looking a certain way.

  76. mimi Says:

    - “epic”, “fail” or worse, “epic fail” .. just horrible.
    – when adults say “nom nom nom” or “nommy” (as in pretending to eat something that you find delicious). it makes me WANT TO THROW THINGS.
    – having a “cheeky drink” – wtf does that even mean?
    – FML. although its funny when people write “FML my life” not realise how idiotic they are.

  77. isuka Says:

    how about cute?

    why do most americans always say cute to describe something that appeals to them?

    i have heard this millions of times on tv (even oprah is guilty), spoken on the streets and work whilst i was there, being used all the time to express one’s delight at some floral arrangement to admiring a random hobo’s savvy outfit on the street for example.

    please refrain from using this word, be more sensitive and specific when expressing yourselves for crying out loud.

    cute gives ear-burns.

  78. Kelly Says:

    Palin

  79. kirsten Says:

    YES ISABELLA oh thank you for remembering that. i HATE IT! or even worse just when bloggers NEED you to know they have a boyfriend and drop the reference in every second sentence.

  80. Sister Wolf Says:

    Kirsten – Any of that ironic “interwebs” shit is horrible. Painful, even.

    Pam Power – Bold Red LIp, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAh. LIke “pop of color.” It’s so condescending.

    Isabella – “the boy” = capital crime. Horrible.

    mimi- I’m afraid to ask, but what does FML mean??

  81. Ann Says:

    SW: FML = Fuck My Life. Awful.

  82. Sister Wolf Says:

    Ann – Oh no. Shit.

  83. j Says:

    I was thinking “ohno!” when I saw “no worries” but then its an Australian thing and I happen to be in Australia so its all okay.

  84. woolgathering & miscellany Says:

    Please tell me “redonkulous” & “redonk” is still okay…

  85. woolgathering & miscellany Says:

    Oh, wait, I have one… “I DIE”

    (Full disclosure, I’ve said this once or twice.)

  86. Tanya Says:

    va-jay-jay

  87. Suspended Says:

    I hate “Thrifting.” Especially when it’s said by wanky bloggers in Britain. In Britain we have charity shops (Second hand shops run by various charities.) We’ve never had thrift stores, EVER!, and never will. So zip it, you moronic twats.

    Most of the words listed depress me. “Fashion forward” is another idiotic term.

  88. Esme Green Says:

    like
    rocking
    thrifted

  89. kt Says:

    Has anyone already mentioned awful Rachel Zoe’s catch phrase “I die” yet? Either way, that needs to stop. “Cray cray” needs to die, too.

    I also just heard “That is so fetch” the other day, and that was pretty damn irritating. Go fetch this!

  90. Veuve Says:

    Never, ever want to hear “In this economy” or “Man repeller” again. Ever. I mean it this time.

  91. Mathilde Says:

    channelling
    rad
    macaroon
    cupcake
    go-to (good call whoever listed that one earlier, it’s infuriating!)

  92. Moronica Says:

    Wow! Totally rad list! Kudos!….anyways….

  93. honeypants Says:

    Tanya – thank you for remembering va-jay-jay. That seriously makes me want to kill people.

    Lately, I’ve been hearing “love love love” a lot, and while I used to say it years ago, when it’s on TV commercials (I forget which one, but I saw it a lot over the holidays), it needs to go away.

    I am really over the combination words: frenemy, and the like. Ugh!

    And I will always hate pop and artisan (when used by gas stations to describe their fancy coffees, etc.).

  94. Jaimi Says:

    Honeypants — ugh yes to “artisan” gas station coffee. Reminds me of another word that I hate and often misused in similar fashion — “premium”. Yeesh.

  95. sam Says:

    ‘space’ to describe a room or area

  96. Sister Wolf Says:

    oneypants – artisan continues to make me laugh.

    “space” for “room” is so sad, you know that’s someone whos’e going to curate a pant.

  97. sam Says:

    :o)
    I go off someone straight away when they say something like ‘thats a great space’
    SLAP!!!!

  98. Veuve Says:

    I have to admit I use “No worries” a lot, but in the context of replying to an apology for a minor offense. Never as a substitute for “You’re welcome”. And I HATE “No problem” as a substitute for “You’re welcome”.

    Also have come to hate “NOM”. It was cute and funny 3 years ago when my 15 year old daughter used it, and became a little family in-joke. But she’s 18 now and I need to stop using this immediately.

    I can still refer to my actual son as “the boy”, though, can’t I?

    Thanks for all this. Giving me a much-needed laugh today.

  99. Aly Says:

    Frock. In America, we call them dresses.

  100. honeypants Says:

    I just remembered another one: SLIDERS. Just because you shrink it down and give it a trendy name doesn’t mean it’s not a burger. What do they even have to do with sliding anyway? That one makes me irate!!!

  101. Sister Wolf Says:

    honeypants – YES. Why are they called sliders, anyway? LET’S NOT FIND OUT!

    Aly – Hate that. It’s so pretentious. Ugh.

  102. EJ Says:

    Oh no- I call a room a ‘space’ if it’s in a gallery (well actually I’d call the whole gallery a ‘space’). Art history habit that I refuse to nix.

    I’d like not to ban the concept of cupcakes but just for everyone to admit that they’re not that nice. Who wants to eat that much icing really?

  103. mimi Says:

    aw we still sometimes say “frock” in australia.

  104. Katie Says:

    As an actual curator, I’ve gotten very annoyed with the casual and cavalier way the words curator/curate/curated have been bandied about. The role of a curator is so much more than just building collections, and I don’t appreciate it being used so casually. Also, it took years of training and experience for me to get to be a curator; it’s not a title just anyone can have.

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