Once again another list has been released concerning words.
This time it’s the top ten words most used, or overused depending on how you look at it, of 2009.
You’ve got your “emaciated” — as in how Michael Jackson looked at the time of his death (and about 10 years prior.)
Then there’s “furlough” — as in a lot of workers in California had to take furlough days (that’s without pay, for those not in the know) in order to save their full-time jobs.
Of course there’s “H1N1″ —- the other word for swine flu that is a prelude to the plague that’s obviously coming by 2012.
And just in time for the Tiger Woods scandal, the word “philanderer” —- meaning a guy who cheats on his wife. Prior to Tiger’s admitted transgressions, the word found new success because of GOP South Carolina Gov. Mark “Love your tan lines” Sanford and his trysts with his mistress in Argentina.
We certainily couldn’t get through the year without hearing the word “rogue” way too many times —- further proof that Palinization still has a choke hold on the nation’s throat. Although to be factual about the word, Palin wasn’t the first to use it to her advantage. It was first brought up in 2008 during the presidential campaign when McCain aides let it leak to the press that Palin was “going rogue.” Then the great Tina Fey ran with it on “Saturday Night Live” lampooning Palin. Further proof —- as if it was needed — that Palin still hasn’t had an original thought enter her head.
She took credit for “death panels,” the phrase used to scare people into believing Obama health care was going to pull the plug on granny. But even that was originated by one Orley Taits, who is at least as mentally-deficient as Gov. Quitter.
But forget about the words that were missed. Here are a few words and phrases that should be banned in the coming year.
1. “Cougar”: Enough already about movie and TV older women who prey and pounce on younger men. We know you’re desperate, easy and insecure about getting older. But enough already. Want a sure sign this cougar trend has jumped the shark? There’s a network TV show called “Cougar Town.” Nothing makes a trend more annoying and outdated as finding its way to network TV, which seldom originates anything but is quick to jump on a bandwagon and stay with it until it’s run into the ground.
2. “Back in the day”: Kind of a courtesy phrase used by young people when they talk about the past that they know little about but at least pretend to show some interest. Unfortunately, the phrase has been played. Did sound better than saying the good ole days, though.
3. “Old School”: Companion piece to “Back in the day.” Polite way of saying the way baby boomers address things is like from the Stone Age, dude.
4. “At the end of the day”: Pundits on news shows overuse this phrase. “So and so wants his party to vote this way or that way, but at the end of the day we’ll be back to where we started.”
5. “Closure”: The most empathetic word of the decade. And perhaps the most over-used word by the media, even though it’s well intentioned. After every tragedy, whether personal or on a grand scale, everybody wants answers (understandable) and won’t find closure until then. Problem is hardly anybody every finds closure.
6. “Bromance”: A lame liberal Hollywood (OK, that’s redundant) attempt at making guys in movie comedies seem less macho and more feminine than they already are. It’s the buddy movie where the buddies are more like girly BFF. A romance between two men, two bros, bromance, get it? But they’re not gay! Call it the new “metrosexual” (an unflattering anti-straight guy term that had a short run but thankfully never caught on —- unless in a “Sex and the City” movie.) The bromance is the brainchild of Judd Apatow, who has more than a passing infatuation with showing full-frontal male nudity in his comedies. But he’s not gay!
7. “Tea party”: Conservatives drummed up millions of angry at the government freedom-seeking patriots to march en masse to protest health care and carry signs that depict President Obama as Hitler and posters of the Holocaust, comparing it to Obamacare. Got its just dessert when the fascists organizing the events called what they were doing “tea-bagging,” unaware that it also slang for what they would call a deviant sexual act.
8. “Twitter” and “Facebook”: Two popular fads that have quickly become annoying to hear about. People who can’t stop talking have found another way of not shutting up without saying a word. It’s quieter, yes, but the Twits have to recite out loud what they’re tweeting. As for Facebook, how sophomoric is that if Sarah Palin could master it?
9. “Obama drama”: When he was a candidate for president, Obama was successful at avoiding drama among his rank and file. Since becoming president, people in his orbit are responsible for little else. And the (usually liberal) media continues to use the phrase. Of course the equivalent to Obama Drama during the Bush years was “Do Not Disturb.”
10. “Palin in 2012″: Obama hasn’t even been in office for one year and the media can’t stop speculating whether “Death Panels” Palin will run for president next time around. How about if she gives the country a break and shuts up and stays out of the news until 2012? Then we can talk about her.
11. “The Mayan Calendar”: In little more than three years (Dec. 21, 2012, to be exact) we’re all going to be crispy critters because the Mayan calendar runs out. As if there isn’t enough paranoia. The movie made a lot of money, proving once again that Americans are still without peer at making entertainment out of fear.
12. “They control their own destiny”: Popular sports cliche that shows no end (zone) in sight of being shelved forever. The phrase is usually uttered by masters of the obvious sportscasters who also say things like, “He came to play.”
13. “Disconnect”: Another favorite of the TV cable news guys and gals. Like, “There’s a disconnect between what the public wants from health care reform and what’s being touted.” Or this: “There’s a disconnect between objective news reporting and what Fox Noose offers.”
14. “Avatar”: The title of the new movie from James “Titanic” Cameron is so hyped the word is already tired. It’s the most expensive movie ever made, it’s going to be in 3D, the visual effects are stunning…” Yada, yada, yada. The word “Avatar” sounds like a phamaceutical product: “Men, making one too many trips to the toidy overnight? Try Avatar. But check with your doctor first, because if you take high blood pressure medicine or have a cat, Avatar may result in loss of feelings in your loins, bleeding from your ears, chronic vomitting and brain damage.”
15. “Ginormous”: The combination of gigantic and enormous. Cool when your hear it the first 300 times, but after a while…. Still, there’s something to the word when used like: “Yo mama got a ginormous ass…”