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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Words That Need to Be Retired in 2013

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM


We love words! They are our livelihood, and our most cherished resource (aside from food, water, a roof, sex, sunshine, and Nutella), but this doesn't mean we don't know when it's time to move on. The Atlantic has a great list of words that need to be retired in 2013, along with explanations for the haterade (now every other word we use seems retirable!). We agree with most on the list -- "artisinal," "literally," "brogrammer" to name a few -- though we're a little baffled by others -- "quinoa" and "curvy"? C'mon, Atlantic. Or to quote another word they don't like, "really"?!

Here are our contributions to the impending word funeral.

See also:

The "Perfect Woman" According to San Francisco Men

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Used to describe those twee guys and gals who are so dorky it's cute. Think every character Zooey Deschanel has ever played. While we're at it, let's also get rid of tweepulsive.


Used when something is especially amazing. Look, we like balls as much as the next lesbian, but do they have to be all up in our compliments? It also doesn't make any sense, much like "bag of dicks," as Louis CK reminds us.

Crocs (and all creepy toe shoes)

If your feet had nightmares, these would be them. We'd like to eradicate these not just from the English language, but the world.

"Forcible" Rape

All rape is forcible, that's what makes it rape. Yet, we keep seeing this expression in "the media" (another generic phrase that should be retired). Same goes for "legitimate rape."

Hipster, when used as a catch-all insult

We're fine with keeping the word when talking about how we love ironically going to the Olive Garden (ALL THE ICEBERG LETTUCE YOU CAN EAT) and the wallet made from old book covers we just bought with the owl on it, but using hipster as a generic insult is just lazy.


Cutesy slang to describe one's husband. Often seen on Twitter and Real Housewives of Whatever County. Hubby makes us feel barfy, stabby, and crabby.


The tendency for dudes to think they know more about a given topic than a woman and to "correct" them, often in a condescending way. For the record, we mostly object to this because it's a terrible portmanteau.


Meggings are leggings for men. The word is just  gross. We're fine with men wearing leggings, but why does everything need to be gendered? Did we learn nothing from the Bic Pen for Her debacle of 2012?

Tea Party

So 2,000 and SHELVED.


What value does this word add? Answer me that, business people. Same with value-proposition. And R.O.I. (return on investment). Ugh, if we never have to see R.O.I. again we'll D.I.E. of happiness.

Victoria Jackson 

Because, THIS. And this. And, well, see Tea Party above.


Dude, we have done zombies to death! We've done them to death so hard that they came back to life and then we had to kill them again. Just shut the fuck up about zombies already.


An extreme version of OMG. The Z, much like the addition of "balls" somehow makes it extra special. Delete!

What words are you sick of hearing? What words do you want to see more of this year?

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