I was listening to an interview on The Hoda Show the other day while driving home. I was skimming the channels on my Sirius radio when I heard Hoda was talking about manners with her guest, Mister Manners. I quickly took my finger off the forward button. They spoke about what your handshake says about you, using eye contact, disconnecting yourself from your mobile devices (especially when people are talking to you)… Then the topic of overused words and phrases came up. Mister Manners was using amazing and awesome as examples of words that are so overused, they are losing their meaning and should be retired. Phrases such as, “It is what it is” and “So, like” should be retired too. Haha! You might as well tape my mouth shut now because I say these things all the time! However, prior to hearing this interview, I was becoming aware of my repetativness. Constantly commenting on IG posts that a yoga pose or a great hiking view was awesome or amazing was getting old. I am tired of using them myself! I have been trying to make an effort to use other words such as stunning or beautiful.
I am not sure about hairy or zero cool… Maybe someone can explain those. LOL
As for “It is what it is” when talking about a situation, he suggests referring to it as unfortunate or unavoidable.
You know a phrase is mainstream when Alex and Ani make it a charm. And yes, I want it!
As part of making 40 my BEST YEAR EVER, I am determined to pay closer attention to my words. The English language is full of them! Why limit myself to a handful of old tired ones?
Tell me: Are there words or phrases that you use to much?