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August 12th, 2005

The Word or Phrase You’re Overusing Lately

Sometimes, we find a word or phrase that just feels right. It might be old, it might be new, but the bottom line is that each of us can easily wear out a word or phrase’s welcome.

For me, it’s “ca-razy”. It’s time for me to just let it go. It came back in my mind a few months ago when I was recalling some episodes of Scrubs from last season. Ca-razy. And now I know I have a problem. I’m going to try to stop using it effective immediately. Although, to be fair, Balki never stopped with “Get out of the city!” and look where he ended up. Yeah.

What are you saying too much?

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FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday August 12, 2005 -- 9:33:57 am
Although, to be fair, Balki never stopped with "Get out of the city!" and look where he ended up.

On the current season of The Surreal Life!

FROM: Deeporg [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday August 12, 2005 -- 11:28:33 am
Calling up my one specific friend named Griff, and screaming in to the phone obnoxiously: "EYYYYYYY! WHAT ARE YA DOINNNNN!!!!" .. I know it seems really -- Awkward, to say the least -- But you just gotta be there to understand. It's been abused a lil too much though. Anyway... thats my .02

FROM: dave
DATE: Friday August 12, 2005 -- 2:42:27 pm
I find myself saying "meh" a lot.

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday August 13, 2005 -- 3:06:35 pm
Interesting. Mine is probably "feh". That's pretty close.

Of more concern to me is that once an infrequent word gets into my head, it's there for several paragraphs. If I use the word "consternation" once, I have this strong subconscious desire to use it over and over. At least until the next word comes up. It happens with styles, too: using colons and other syntactic structures.

Which is horrible if, say, you write up daily reviews of restaurants: each day you look like a completely different person in terms of style and vocabulary.

See? I just had to use a second colon, when a full stop would have been just fine.


FROM: Trizzay
DATE: Tuesday August 16, 2005 -- 4:37:53 am
"eh", prefaced with just about any consonant seems to be an internet and more specifically an MMO type thing.
Personally, i'm just too lazy to add the consonant in RL and just use "eh" by itself now.

Oh, and i've been saying "sick" more than Ashton Kutcher does lately. Although i'm trying to bring some old school flavor in and use "fantastic" more, since it's both slightly 70's and can be used for stealth cynicism on unsuspecting dorks.

FROM: david
DATE: Tuesday August 16, 2005 -- 7:14:48 am

FROM: david
DATE: Tuesday August 16, 2005 -- 7:16:05 am
i find my self saying you have no idea from this little webpage

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday August 16, 2005 -- 10:24:06 am
My new boss is from New York. I suddenly have found myself calling everyone a "douche bag," after hearing her say it so many times. I didn't even notice that I had picked it up until my girlfriend bristled in traffic one day after I had called someone who cut me off a douche bag. She finally spoke up and complained that I say it all the time.

FROM: Alex C.
DATE: Tuesday August 16, 2005 -- 1:54:06 pm
"Not so much"

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