Slang Words and Phrases That Ticked You off in 2010

Slang, Jargon, Cliche, Usage Errors, Redundancies and Mispronunciations

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New slang words pervade language in popular culture every year, often times to much chagrin by literary figures and average joes alike. For as long as the written language has existed, colloquial errors and usages have appeared and been met by harsh criticism before eventually being adapted into the living, spoken English vernacular.

People have various reasons for disliking (or downright loathing) certain words. It may be a buzzword that has worn out its welcome (such as "paradigm" or  "proactive"). Or an overly familiar redundancy (like "added bonus" and "future plans"), mispronunciation ("nuc-u-lar" for "nuclear"), or usage error ("between you and I").

Some of us have "zero tolerance" for elision ("definally" for "definitely", malapropisms ("mitigate" for "militate"), minced oaths (like "frak"), blends (like "bromance") or verbing ("to effort" or "Incent"). Sometimes the hostility gets personal — as with expressions favored by an ex-spouse like "couch potato" or a dimwitted boss who spouts buzzwords like "bottom line." 

These verbal peeves, known as logomisia, become the center of conversations about language in any given year. In 2010 alone, over 200 phrases came to be used in the common vernacular of United States culture. However, peeves such as these have existed as long as language has been shared between people. It was really only with the advent of the Internet that these slang words began to rapidly populate common discourse.

Language Peeves of Famous People Throughout History

English is a living, evolving language, so it's only natural that it continues to expand every year. However, much of this expansion was and continues to be met by critical dissent. In fact, many of our modern common expressions were once the source of fierce debate by linguists and literary scholars. Sometimes, though, famous people simply disliked a word, usage or phrase. 

F or instance, Jonathan Swift hated the word "bowels," and Gloria Swanson, star of the movie "Sunset Boulevard," hated the word "glamorwhile the character she played, Norma Desmond, hated "comeback." Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko hated the word "relationship" wherein he claimed it was "the kind of sterile word used by lawyers and sociologists and other menaces."

Even the very arts some people worked in had words the artists disliked. Even though she wrote both, Carson McCullers hated the words "prose" and "poetry." British novelist V.S. Naipaul hates the word "novel," documentary filmmaker Irving Saraf hates "documentary," and news anchor Katie Couric describes the word "panties" as "a cheesy word for underpants." Of course, many of us claim to hate the word "hate" itself, too. Confusing, right?

Popular Slang Words and Phrases in 2010

Let's "agree to disagree," popular slang is sometimes "all the sudden" "absolutely” overwhelming in its misuse or misappropriation of commonly understood words. From using “access” as a verb to changing the name of illegal immigrants to “illegal aliens,” the slang of 2010 certainly did “aim high” at changing the face of modern discourse. Even “ASAP” and “Obamacare” entered the spoken vernacular of the “American consumer” in 2010.

According to the logic of 2010, on your next “birfday” all you need to do is “chillax” and eat some “cold slaw” (instead of coleslaw — “brain fart!”). The next time someone asks “and you are?” when they’re trying to “conversate” with you, the blame will rest entirely on 2010 vernacular and not the person’s poor manners. They may even “axe” you a question, but they meant “no offense.” Just don’t take “are you serious?” seriously or you’ll get “gobsmacked” by some “iconic” irony. Just tell them, “I’m good” or their next big idea is “to die for” and you’ll be right on your way to the “basic fundamentals” of a good conversation. It “might could even” evolve into a “bromance!” Don’t forget to “friend” (as a verb) them on Facebook after if you really “heart” them.

“Anyways,” “just so you know,” this entire section was written with slang from 2010 in quotes. “Awesome possum!” We’re done here.