Top 3 Most Overused Words I Hate
Yes, I do realise the irony by the fact I have used the work “hate” in title. But crucially, I use the word sparingly when its meaning is true. If you look up the word “hate” you get a varied amount of results. The basic understanding of the word is to intensely dislike or experience extreme animosity towards something. In a world that is a bit too use to hyperbole and sensationalism, these words that express really strong emotions are overused. Likewise, people say the word “love” without really considering the impact of their speech. It’s a deep psychological state that no one can really understand, so to use the work too frequently with little thought takes away all meaning. It has a knock on effect to the words in its comparative chain as well. “Like” and “Dislike” are now less valuable than they should be.
The other day I had the pleasure of spending some time in the British Library. There I was able to explore some of the greatest works of culture throughout the world. Seeing the original drawings and writings from the likes of Da Vinci, Austen, Shakespeare and Newton was quite inspiring. I even came across a special exhibit dedicated to the Beatles, where I saw original lyrics on napkins written by Ringo and McCartney. This got me thinking about it the types of people we call ‘genius’ at the moment. Apart from the likes of Stephen Hawking, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Mark Zuckerberg, the people most describe as a ‘genius’ tend to be people in sports or arts and culture. Much like ‘Love’ and ‘Hate’ the word is too liberally used. Of course, I don’t intend to demean the talents of our sports people and musicians, but to use the term after having only a handful of hits or one season in the premier league is not comparable to Da Vinci. In that case, maybe we should start reserving the term ‘genius’ for retrospective praise, for those older statesmen or people passed away who really were the smartest and most talented people of their age.
Tune in to Sky Sports football coverage any weekend and you’ll hear this word used in abundance. Without repeating too much of the sentiment I’ve stated above its been overused and lost all meaning. There are two variations on the definition for a ‘Legend’. The original being a myth or story about an often historical character but with facts not necessarily verified, these includes characters like Robin Hood and King Arthur. Spanning from that, there is the expression ‘a living legend’. A person who is so important, famous or notorious that their status is comparable to the mythical stories of old. Again, although there are many talented footballers about these days, to call half of them ‘legends’ doesn’t do justice to the status of the terms. To best illustrate my point in relation to footballers, here is an image doing the rounds on the internet.
What are the words that most irritate you and why? Let me know below
- The Most Overused Words of 2012 (dailywritingtips.com)
- Bucks Blog: Friday Reading: A List of Overused Medical Tests (bucks.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Chronic “phraseitis” or dumb things people say in really big meetings. (godsofadvertising.wordpress.com)
Posted on February 25, 2013, in Life and tagged Beatles, British Library, Genius, Legend, Leonardo da Vinci, Love, Mark Zuckerberg, Stephen Hawking, Tim Berners-Lee. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.