It’s a weird topic – popular words. But there are always new words or words that all of a sudden become used more and more with the younger people (my God I sound old!).
The word “like” is overused by so many people. I actually cringe whenever I hear my daughter use it more than three times in a sentence. It’s not necessary in 2022 to talk like a valley girl.
“Literally” is another one. I have heard far too many young people say I “literally” died. No you most certainly did not literally die, because then you would literally be dead.
“Honestly” – if someone starts a sentence with the word honestly, I can almost bet that whatever they are about to say isn’t true. You don’t need to emphasize that you are stating something honestly.
The one that bothers me the most is when I hear people talk about their “authentic” self. I don’t really know why it bothers me as much as it does – but to me, if someone says that they have decided to live their authentic life, it sounds phony. But that’s just me.
I was watching the news this afternoon and there was a young lady, probably early 20s, who was being interviewed and she used all of these words during the 5 minute interview. My head hurt by the time she finished. I think she was trying to make herself sound smart, and in my opinion, it just made her sound like she was trying too hard.
Funny how simple words being spoken can create such emotional reactions in a person.
Are there any words that people overuse that bother you?