For the most part, we all know the more routine clichés—but you should also be on the lookout for some of the newer offenders.
Every year since 1975, Lake Superior State University in Michigan has released a list of overused words/phrases for each year. And while you may have already seen this, I couldn’t help but pass on this list for 2011.
Realistically, I know this list doesn’t mean much—if you’re going to use the term “baby bump,” there aren’t exactly a ton of alternatives, and I think “ginormous” is a pretty rad word. But it’s still amusing to see what words the public tends to get sick of.
You can read about the history behind the banished words lists here, by the way.
So, what about you? Any words or expressions you’d like to kill off? Any words you have a tendency to overuse? Because I'll admit, I'm guilty of using "pretty much" and "not exactly" too much.