R.I.P. “relevant” … 2010 Vocabulary Casualties

What words died in 2010?

What words were so over-used this year that they’ve lost all meaning and become like mosquitoes buzzing in your ears?

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I’ve asked this question on Twitter and Facebook. I’ll post some of my favorites as they come in…

  • “Tea Party”
  • “Palin”
  • “authentic”
  • “relevant” (Actually, I think the word “relevant” burned out a few years ago, but yes, it is increasingly annoying.)
  • “stakeholders”
  • “It doesn’t get any better than this!” the phrase
  • “reboot”
  • “perfect storm” (That term was on an “outgoing terms” list in Seattle’s The Stranger a few years ago…)
  • “social media”
  • “teachable moment”
  • “hipster”
  • “friended”
  • “FAIL”
  • “epic”
  • “emerging”
  • “hardcore”
  • “sexting”
  • “disconnect” (as a noun)
  • “Obama” – as a prefix, (Obamacare, Obamanomics, etc.)
  • “missional”, “missioning”
  • “vuvuzela”
  • “bromance”
  • “culture war”
  • “Real Americans”
  • “studies show”
  • Facebook
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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.


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