Language is funny. Some words are immortal (“the” is still going awfully strong. Like, Highlander strong. Pretty sure it’s going to come down to “the” and “and” at the quickening). Others most certainly have a shelf life. One minute, they’re barely used. The next they’re getting so much use they burn out so furiously that verbalizing their smoldering ashes in public can cause eye rolls.
Fair? Not always. But jargon/slang/descriptor fatigue happens. And the half-lives of verbiage in Men’s Style can get awfully short.
Do any of these need to be put on the shelf for awhile? (guessing it’ll be a resounding “yes” for at least a few). You decide. Cast your votes below. You can vote for as many as you’d like. Use the comments for further explanation and/or alternatives.
Any more nominations? Totally guilty of over-using plenty of these here on this very website. Leave it all in the comments. Top Photo: Yale Law Library. Bottom Photo: Martha Soukup. *Gentleman Paradox here