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.
Politicians never fail to disappoint in providing fodder for the list.“The word suggests that we develop relationships not for the simple value of the person we call ‘friend,’ for the pleasure of being in a community of people and for the simple joys of sharing bonds of affection and common care, but that we instead develop these relationships out of some sort of expectation of a monetary reward.” – Collette Coullard, Sault Ste.
Early in 2014, Steve Kaufman of Houston, Tex., could be heard screaming, “I’ve only heard it twice and already know by the end of the year I’ll want to scream.” “Short-form for ‘crazy’ and sometimes just one ‘cra.’ I hear kids (including my 6 yr.
“People have taken pictures of themselves for almost as long as George Eastman’s company made film and cameras.
“I twitch when I hear twerk, for to twerk proves one is a jerk — or is at least twitching like a jerk.
How many times do we need to hear ‘fiscal cliff,’ let alone its definition?
“Currently, it is being overused as the first word in the answer to ANY question.
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.
“Whether it’s a ‘free gift’ (banished in 1988) or droopy clothing, this word is neither useful nor fancy.” – Jeff Drake, Saint Albans, West Va.
Is this a metaphor for business success based on the fast food industry?