Words that are on their way out in 2013

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Some words we could really do without in 2013. We’re sick and tired of reading them, so let’s ban ’em already!

If I could prevent everyone from throwing around the word “visceral” (if you’re that deeply moved by everything, then you must be having a heart attack on a daily basis) or make them learn the meaning of “beg the question,” I’d be a much happier English nerd.

But 2012 has been the year for some particularly nasty word trends, according to the Huffington Post, such as “spoiler alert,” “kick the can down the road” (I’ve heard no one say this, ever), “trending” (point taken), and “bucket list” (that’s so 2007).

A dozen of them have been put on the 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness. Sounds about right. The biggest nuisance seems to be “fiscal cliff,” which describes “across-the-board federal tax increases and spending cuts that economists say could harm the economy in the new year without congressional action.”

Others are “superfood,” “guru,” “job creators,” “double down,” “YOLO” (or “you only live once”), “job creators/creation,” “boneless wings,” and “passion/passionate.” Wait, passion? What’s wrong with a little passion? Apparently, those who nominated the word were tired of hearing that every company and business had it.

I’m all for banishing “YOLO” and “guru,” but “boneless wings”? Who’s that offending? ;P

What words have we overused in 2012 that you’d like to eradicate from people’s vocabulary? Also, HAPPY NEW YEAR!