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December 31, 2012

YOLO, Fiscal Cliff And Other Annoying Words

Some words seem to be useful and even appreciated forever. Others become annoying almost immediately. Some are tied to particular events or personalities, and that may lead to...

...their short shelf-life.

But YOLO (which stands for You Only Live Once)? I don't know about you, but it just sounds stupid to me.

Here's a hint, though it might only be my bias, if you are trying to master a language, especially a language as complex as English, be sure to use WHOLE words!

Fiscal Cliff is another obnoxious word tied to a particular event - thankfully the event it is based on has also passed us by.

Here's an apt quote from the website - "You can't turn on the news without hearing this. I'm equally worried about the River of Debt and Mountain of Despair."Christopher Loiselle, Midland, Mich.

Fiscal Cliff is a bad (over-blown) metaphor and conveys an image that is not at all helpful to solving the economic issues.

If you want to see the full list, you can see it here - http://www.lssu.edu/banished/ or here - http://www.lssu.edu/banished/current.php.

These words are annoying and they act like slogans in that they make listeners numb and lock you into a political landscape.

And, to move from annoying words to memorable words, I thought you'd like to see a Maurice Sendak illustrated interview. If you like to play with words, I'm sure you'll like this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH2OaaktJrw.

Send us any words or phrases that make you crazy and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

Posted by mmorf at December 31, 2012 10:17 PM

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