17 Words That Must Go Away

Stop saying 'adorkable,' please: Julie Gerstein
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2011 9:00 AM CST
17 Words That Must Go Away
Zooey Deschanel in an August file photo.   (Getty Images)

If the newly popular phrase "adorkable" makes you cringe (thanks, Zooey Deschanel), you're not alone. It tops Julie Gerstein's list on The Frisky of 17 words and phrases that need to be retired as we head into 2012:

  • Redonkulous: Use the actual word—ridiculous—because "redonkulous sounds like the name of a clown rapper."
  • Nom nom nom: You'll sound more like an adult if you just say, "That's delicious!"
  • Seriously: We all overuse it. The first step is admitting you have a problem.

  • Amazeballs: Again, just use the real word. "And while we’re at it, not everything is amazing, so reserve it for when it really counts."
  • —mageddon: "Armageddon signals the end of the world. We’re pretty sure that anything involving traffic in Los Angeles"—hello, Carmageddon—"probably won’t impact whether the earth implodes."
  • No bueno: Especially bad when used by people whose "knowledge of Spanish doesn’t extend beyond the drive-thru menu at Taco Bell."
  • Winning: "If you’re 'winning' then you’re probably losing."
Click for the rest of her amusing/infuriating list. (More words stories.)

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