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'Selfie' tops school's list of most annoying words

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"DETROIT – A Michigan university has issued its annual list of annoying words, and those flexible enough to take selfies of themselves twerking should take note.

In addition to "selfie" and "twerking," there was a strong sense among those who nominated words to this year's list that the word "hashtag" and term "Mr. Mom" had both run their course.

"Selfie," a term that describes a self-taken photo, often from a smartphone, led the way among the more than 2,000 nominations submitted to Lake Superior State University's 39th annual batch of words to banish due to overuse, overreliance and overall fatigue. Even President Barack Obama got into the act this month when he took a well-publicized selfie with other world leaders in South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

"It's a lame word. It's all about me, me, me," wrote David Kriege of Lake Mills, Wis. "Put the smartphone away. Nobody cares about you."

Since 1975, the list has grown to more than 800 words, many from the worlds of politics, sports and popular — maybe too popular — culture.

"The list is made up completely from nominations. We don't just sit around and think of words that bug us," said Tom Pink, a spokesman for the school in Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

"Twerk" or "twerking," a sexually provocative way of dancing, found a dominant place in parlance due to Miley Cyrus' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

"Time to dance this one off the stage," said Jim Connelly, of Flagstaff, Ariz.

"Hashtag" refers to a word or phrase with no spaces preceded by the pound sign on the microblogging website Twitter.

Others on the banned list include "Twittersphere," ''t-bone," ''Obamacare" ''intellectually/morally bankrupt" and anything "on steroids." People also tired of the suffixes "-pocalypse" and "-ageddon" used to make words such as "snow-pocalypse" or "ice-ageddon."

And enough already with "Mr. Mom," a reference to fathers who take care of kids. It's also the name of a 1983 movie starring Michael Keaton, although many stay-at-home dads these days don't like the movie stereotype of a clueless male.

"There were almost as many nominations for 'Mr. Mom' as 'selfie' and 'twerk,'" Pink said.

He believes the title got traction again in 2013 due to news stories about the 30th anniversary of the movie.

"The phrase should refer only to the film, not to men in the real world," wrote Pat Byrnes of Chicago. "It is an insult to the millions of dads who are the primary caregivers for their children. Would we tolerate calling working women, 'Mrs. Dad?'"

"Adversity" and "fan base" — terms often used when discussing sports — got booed. Kyle Melton, of White Lake, Mich., said perspective is needed when referring to a millionaire athlete trying to get a first down in football.

"Facing adversity is working 50 hours a week and still struggling to feed your kids," Melton wrote."

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  • SlanteyedshootistSlanteyedshootist Senior Member Posts: 3,947 Senior Member
    Obama gets my vote for most annoying.
    The answer to 1984 is 1776
  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 2,248 Senior Member
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,672 Senior Member
    They should have nominated a phrase that politicians and news people use constantly...."at the end of the day" really annoys the crap out of me.
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    I see "back in the day" did not make the list, pity.
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  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 2,248 Senior Member
    To be honest....
  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 2,248 Senior Member
    Could care less ( instead of the almost equally annoying but correct couldn't care less).
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    "Think again."
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    Irregardless should top the list of most annoying words.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • Fat BillyFat Billy Senior Member Posts: 1,813 Senior Member
    Hash Tag, whatever and totally, suck the most.:blah: Later,
    Fat Billy

    Recoil is how you know primer ignition is complete.
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    OTOH, Aspie short for people with Aspergers syndrome seems to see more use these days.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    DoctorWho wrote: »
    OTOH, Aspie short for people with Aspergers syndrome seems to see more use these days.

    Well, maybe a hyphen and an asterisk would hep it....As*-pie :jester:
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,672 Senior Member
    DoctorWho wrote: »
    Irregardless should top the list of most annoying words.

    The grammar police should be after that one.
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • dlkdlk Member Posts: 419 Member
    ikr?
    (I know, right?)
    STEALTH COMPETENT

    I know what I'm doing, it just doesn't look like it.
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