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 has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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