The problem with slang is that it goes out of fashion as quickly as it comes in. Few things sound sillier than slang that’s just a little out of date or that is uttered by someone who is not in the group the slang is supposed to define. Ginnie Graham of the Tulsa World looks at words that gained currency in 2012 but that now beg for elimination:
Adorkable – Even with “New Girl” starring Zooey Deschanel on my DVR, this word has to go.
Amazeballs – Adding “ball” to the end of a word does not make it better.
Cray, or cray-cray – As in “You are acting so cray-cray.” I hear that a lot from my 5-year-old, which makes me crazy enough to get rid of it.
Totes, jelly, YOLO, fro-yo and all other shortened words and phrases – “Totes” means totally, “jelly” refers to jealous, “You only live once” and frozen yogurt” are the others. It doesn’t really save any time not finishing all the words.
Mommy porn – So, the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy gave us this dreadful term, once known as romance. Oh, how I miss the sweet Harlequin-inspired descriptions.
Jeah – Thank you Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte for mixing “good” and “yeah” into popularizing this weird one.
Percents – The Occupy Wall Streeters supported the 99 percent and railed against the 1 percent. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney complained about the 47 percent. Math confuses me, so I’m out.Mains – Refers to a close, tight-knit group of people, such as “My sister is one of my mains.” My sister would also smack me if I said that.
Literally – All English teachers and speakers of correct grammar cringe at Rob Lowe’s “Parks and Recreation” character bastardizing this word. To review, literally means it happened, “I literally turned the channel.” Everything else is metaphorical or figurative.
Actually – Might as well throw this one in, too. Actually is literally just as irritating in conversation. It’s a word overused to speak down to someone.
“Actually, blue is not your color, and I do know the definition of literally,” I said before my sister smacked me.
Artisanal – Some marketing hipster is laughing somewhere that adding this to every food label literally increased sales. Actually, it doesn’t mean anything.
What other words or expressions of 2012 deserve to be banished in the new year?