Catchphrases of 2011! It’s that time of year when we review our use and misuse of the English language. How many of these did you use? Here’s what’s trending, or even gone viral .
• Occupy tops the list of most abused joke phrases, ranging from the inane, “I’m going to occupy the couch” to the clever “Occupy language” in this NYT article http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/21/what-if-we-occupied-language/
• Awesome is the new cool. I think it is an awesome word.
• Crowdsourcing is all the rage these days and appears to be a combination of crowd and outsourcing. Google plussers in particular think it is awesome.
• Gravitas instantly confers gravitas on the user, particularly if crowdsourced.
• # Add a hashtag to make your trite comment seem witty! Note that it can be combined with Occupy for greater effect as in, “I’m hungry #goingtooccupythefridge.”
• Fail has graduated from the passe Epic Fail to #Fail
• OCDing can make your trivial occupation more awesome, as in “I’m OCDing over my Google+ circles”. Adding ADD to your self-diagnosed persona gives instant gravitas. #OccupyMedicine!
• Meh is when you’re just too cool for awesome. You probably made a Meh List for the holidays: http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/the-meh-list/
Adapted (er, stolen) liberally from Slate: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_spectator/2011/12/occupy_jokes_bad_sex_jargon_and_the_worst_catchphrases_of_2011_.single.html