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    Banished Words and Phrases Covid-19 Edition

    I'm sorry. The "new normal" is bad, but the new lexicon is worse.
    As writers, we understand the power of words. This new coronavirus language is repulsive. Not only are they cobbling together inane, nonsensical phrases, but common words are being hijacked and repurposed in an unnatural way.
    As such, I am throwing some words into the dustbin of history. Now. If I ever have to use such a word in the future, I'll grab my thesaurus and soldier on.

    To start:
    VIRTUAL
    No. Never again.

    Feel free to add your favorite new words to hate.
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    I think I'll go for "PP". You don't always see "PPE" now. Wear PP. I saw an article just today:

    How do you wear PP?

    I'd prefer not to, but to be honest, there has been the rare dribble. Guys know what this is.

    Going back in history, there are two overworked words I've truly despised: "Proactive", and "Amazing".

    Thankfully, "proactive" faded out some time in the 90s.

    In my opinion, "amazing" has been the most overworked word in fiction for quite a number of years. I cringe every time I see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vranger View Post
    I think I'll go for "PP". You don't always see "PPE" now. Wear PP. I saw an article just today:

    How do you wear PP?

    I'd prefer not to, but to be honest, there has been the rare dribble. Guys know what this is.

    Going back in history, there are two overworked words I've truly despised: "Proactive", and "Amazing".

    Thankfully, "proactive" faded out some time in the 90s.

    In my opinion, "amazing" has been the most overworked word in fiction for quite a number of years. I cringe every time I see it.
    It's overused in everyday conversation, also. Everything is "amazing" these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irwin View Post
    It's overused in everyday conversation, also. Everything is "amazing" these days.
    Every time someone uses the words "amazing" or "wonderful" to describe their mate on Wheel of Fortune, I root against them.
    Y'know, because it's so "surreal".

    Now, if I ever hear anyone spout that tripe phrase "alone together", I'll personally dig up Eric Arthur Blair and we'll scream together.
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    I think "double(d)-down" should definitely be ousted, referring to some politician not willing to admit a mistake. Read somewhere it's a gambling term. News sources are a minefield of words and phrases that should be banished.

    "outrage"

    "MAGA"
    "Self-righteousness never straddles the political fence."

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    Can we please dump the phrase 'do life together'?

    Asking for a friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxee View Post
    Can we please dump the phrase 'do life together'?

    Asking for a friend.

    I've never come across that one.

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    How about people stop saying "we're all in this together" with sentimental music playing in the background.

    No, we're not. We still hate each other, and even more so, now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vranger View Post
    I've never come across that one.
    You didn't miss anything.

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