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Let’s go back to ‘talks about’ and leave dishes in the cupboard.Pre-owned – What is so disgraceful about owning a used car now and then? Firings, quitting, and retirements are streamlined into “offboarding.” Nothingburger – Says nothing that ‘nothing’ doesn’t already. Let that sink in – One could say shocking, profound, or important. Let me ask you this – Wholly unnecessary statement. Impactful – A frivolous word groping for something ‘effective’ or ‘influential.’ Covfefe – An impulsive typo, born into a 140-character universe, somehow missed by the autocorrect feature.Onboarding / Offboarding – Creature from the HR Lagoon. Drill Down – Instead of expanding on a statement, we “drill down on it.” Fake News – Once upon a time stories could be empirically disproved. Hot Water Heater – Hot water does not need to be heated.‘Water heater’ or ‘hot water maker’ will keep us out of hot water.
“This alliterative mutation seems to be replacing the word ‘price’ or ‘cost.’ It may be standard business-speak, but must it contaminate everyday speech? No need for a skill set.” – Stephanie Hamm-Wieczkiewicz, Litfield Park, Ariz.So the word that received the most nominations this year was already banished, but today it is being used differently than it was in 1999, when nominators were saying, “I am SO down with this list! “Currently, it is being overused as the first word in the answer to ANY question. It has replaced ‘discussion,’ ‘debate,’ ‘chat,’ ‘discourse,’ ‘argument,’ ‘lecture,’ ‘talk’…of which can provide some context to the nature of the communication. “Anything that the speaker finds vaguely inconvenient or undesirable, such as an opposing political belief or bad traffic.For instance, “How did you learn to play the piano? Perhaps the users feel that it is a word that is least likely to offend people, but I consider it to be imprecise language that, over time, dumbs down the art of effective discourse.” – Richard Fry, Marathon, Ont. Contrast things that are self-evidently taken to be problematic with, say, actual problems like a hole in the ozone layer or a job loss.” – Adam Rosen, Asheville, N. “Often used with ‘engagement.’ If someone is disengaged, they’re not really a stakeholder in the first place.Images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810, are added to the site state-by-state as each state's documents are completed.Unpack – Misused word for analyze, consider, assess.