49 Words That Are Way Overused Either In The Blogosphere Or By Lauren Conrad And Others Of Her Ilk. Or Both.

by anna on August 17, 2009

  1. drama
  2. carbs
  3. follow
  4. follower
  5. followers
  6. kittehs
  7. sparkle
  8. LOVE.
  9. twit
  10. tweet
  11. shred
  12. head
  13. mom
  14. integrity View definition in a new window
  15. douchebag
  16. badge
  17. vadge
  18. dunzo
  19. lululemon
  20. I can has
  21. [Yes, that last one was a phrase, but my point stands.]
  22. drama
  23. viral
  24. noes
  25. [wait, that's not a word, is it?]
  26. drama
  27. follow
  28. follower
  29. followers
  30. troll View definition in a new window
  31. text
  32. [the last one is overused by academia, too, but with a different context. Damn. There it is again.]
  33. awesome
  34. mash
  35. mash-up
  36. social
  37. media
  38. expert
  39. transparency View definition in a new window
  40. transparent
  41. see-thru
  42. in-need-of-a-camisole
  43. Guy Kawasaki
  44. tweeps
  45. tweeple
  46. les (pronounced “lay”)
  47. deux (pronounced doux)
  48. -bait (as a suffix)
  49. Kardashian

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{ 17 comments }

Kerry August 17, 2009 at 5:23 am

I’m totally ripping this idea off. It’s going in the Giant Pile of Ideas Written on the Back of Old Daily Dilbert Calendar Page to Save Paper. “Words overused by HR people” could be pages and pages long.

My list is up (or at least it will be by the time you read this).

Also, I read Lauren’s book. It was even worse than I thought it would be, but I got through it…which makes me feel bad about not getting through Dooce’s book.

Kerry August 17, 2009 at 5:25 am

Okay, I lied. My list isn’t up, because my site is down. Again. It’s been up and down since 3am. I really need to do that LiquidWeb thing.

Elizabeth August 17, 2009 at 6:16 am

Of all the words on that list, “dunzo” is by far my favorite. It’s so dangerously close to “dumbo”, which is a way under-used word.

My list is up.

anna August 17, 2009 at 6:25 am

@Kerry, man, I’m so sorry. I hate those people. I really hate them. For both you and me, and all of the other people they do this to.

Neil August 17, 2009 at 7:04 am

And why is everyone using the word “totes” now? Are we 16?

anna August 17, 2009 at 7:20 am

@Neil, there is something overly precious about the word “tote,” isn’t there?

@Loukia, drama is generally used by people who create drama, or are interested in creating drama, it seems like! Wait, I just used it . . .

Loukia August 17, 2009 at 7:10 am

Every time I hear the word drama all I think about is Laguna Beach… OMG… drama… OMG… Jessica… OMG… Stephen… OMG… Kristin… OMG, Jessica. Like OMG. Annoying as fucking hell. Loved this list. Hilarious. (And I just have to say that I thought Stephen was cute. Don’t hate me. Thanks.)

Deb on the Rocks August 17, 2009 at 8:05 am

Oh, the drama! Oh, the vitriol! (Who is Lauren Conrad?)

anna August 17, 2009 at 8:27 am

Oh, I forgot vitriol! That’s another great one.

Alexis August 17, 2009 at 9:12 am

I actually belong to a group on a knitting forum that rubbernecks internet drama. I feel like I can make a good set of “internet drama llama” bingo cards with your list. You know, so we can all play along. On a similar note if I never see another fracking LOLcat, or whatever the hell they are called, or any references to said LOLcats via annoying phonetic spellings of words, it will be too soon…

My list is up.

anna August 17, 2009 at 10:55 am

@Alexis, so you’re part of one of those much-maligned sewing circles from 18th century literature, then?

foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) August 17, 2009 at 11:18 am

I’m with Neil. When I hear read the word ‘totes’ I totes want to go off on someone, but then my head tells me “Oh noes, I can’ts have that now, can I?”

This list makes me want to squee, but I won’t, because ‘squee’ makes me crazy, too!

The Stiletto Mom August 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm

SQUEEEEE!!!!!

I’m just doing that to bother FADKOG. I enjoy causing disruptions in your comment section.

anna August 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm

@stiletto mom, at some websites behavior like that will earn you the title of “troll.” Here, we simply say, “welcome home.”

Tim G August 17, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Great list, I’ll remember to review it before I ever comment here.
My biggest peeve in words these days is “myself”. As in, “If you have any questions, please contact myself”. I’m really not to sure I know how to contact yourself. But thanks for the offer.
Thanks for the link.
Tim

vodkamom August 17, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I love it.

Linsey August 17, 2009 at 5:12 pm

drama. drama. drama.

Who is this Guy Kawasaki people keep name-dropping? I have no idea. I guess I could Google him? Okay, sure.

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