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Writer's Block: Are you incentivized?

Are there any buzz words or catch-phrases--such as incentivize or at the end of the day--that make you cringe? What are they, and why do you hate them?

Today, I'll select "literally," as in "That was so funny, I literally peed my pants." Trust me, the number of people who need to change clothes is not the same as the number of people who say that.

My second choice is "at the end of the day," even though it's in the question itself. It's just so overused in so many contexts and not very effective in the first place.

But seriously, I could probably post a feature in my LJ where I select a cringeworthy buzzword or phrase every day, and not run out of subjects. I might run out of interested readers, though.

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primroseburrows
Apr. 26th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
"At the end of the day." Ick, bleh. Overused like woah. I first heard the phrase years ago on RTÉ. Some guy called up and said it in practically every sentence. At first I thought that it was just an Irish colloquialism, but then I started hearing it all the time.


I hate "proactive" with the force of several universes. Also "closure". Urgh.
songdogmi
Apr. 26th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
"Proactive" sounds like the kind of word invented by someone who wanted to sound intelligent but had neglected to learn enough vocabulary. However, I am embarassed to admit that (1) I've used it and (2) at the moment I can't remember what wording is better. See, I have no qualification to do this whatsoever. Or maybe I just need more caffeine. Anyway, I'm sure there's something and I will slap my head when I remember or hear it.

"Closure" is something most doors should have, especially when it's cold outside.

Edited at 2010-04-26 06:44 pm (UTC)
primroseburrows
Apr. 27th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
*Proactive* sounds like a kind of yogurt. *Closure* should never be confused with *cloture*, especially by a Republican.
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