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We thought it might rival “fiscal cliff,” the most-nominated phrase on the 2013 list, but it didn’t come close.Cal of Cherry Hill, NJ wonders, “Are there intellectual creditors?1171, which says, “Although the ‘price point’ of effective new drugs…may initially be out of reach for many patients…” “It has no ‘point.’ It is just a ‘price.’” – Guy Michael, Cherry Hill, N. “Usually used in a sentence explaining the ‘secret’ in excruciating public detail. “Whether it’s a ‘free gift’ (banished in 1988) or droopy clothing, this word is neither useful nor fancy.” – Jeff Drake, Saint Albans, West Va.Is this a metaphor for business success based on the fast food industry? “It has become too frequent in business discussions. “An annoying bit of hyperbole about the latest saucy picture or controversy that is already becoming trite.” – Tim Bednall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia “Meaning a post or video or whatever will have so much Internet traffic that it will ‘break the internet.’ It’s being used for every headline and video. “I hope the list doesn’t ‘break the internet.’ (How else would I read it next year)? “It seems as if every politician who makes a statement has to ‘walk it back,’ meaning retract the statement, or explain it in laborious detail to the extent that the statement no longer has any validity or meaning once it has been ‘walked back.’” – Max Hill, Killeen, Tex. Kenneth Ross of Glastonbury, Conn., and Bob Priddy of Jefferson City, Mo., were among many who saw this storming in last January. “The word has become so overused that it is not ‘swag’ to not use the word ‘swag.'” – Devin, Farwell, Mich.How many times do we need to hear ‘fiscal cliff,’ let alone its definition? “Usually used in politics, this typically means that someone or some group is neglecting its responsibilities. “I thought that perhaps you weren’t ready to deal with it.This was seized upon during the current administration and is used as a cliché by all parties…Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, Tories, Whigs, Socialists, Communists, Fashionistas…” Mike Cloran, Cincinnati, Ohio “I’m surprised it wasn’t on your 2012 list — were you just kicking the, um, phrase down the road to 2013? You just kicked that can down the road.” Rebecca Martz, Houston, Tex. “The next time I see or hear the phrase, I am going to double over.” Tony Reed, Holland, Mich.Facing third and fifteen without your best receiver with tens of millions in the bank, is not.” – Kyle, White Lake, Mich. As one might expect, this phrase received the most nominations this year.“From the world of sports comes the latest example of word inflation. If Congress acts to keep the country from tumbling over the cliff, LSSU believes this banishment should get some of the credit. I’m equally worried about the River of Debt and Mountain of Despair.”Christopher Loiselle, Midland, Mich.
“I’ve heard of cooks and chefs, and gourmets and gourmands, but what the heck is a ‘foodie’? “Example on the ‘Net today: ‘Get a curated box of high-end treats and toys (all tailored to the size of your pup) shipped right to your doggie door.’ – I have heard and read the word ‘curated’ far too many times this year.” – Deb, Portland, Ore. “It’s used all too frequently on news programs, as in, ‘What is your ‘takeaway’ on (a given situation.’ ‘What is our ‘takeaway’ on Congress’ vote? For me, a takeaway is a sports term, where one team is controlling the ball (or puck) and the other steals it, or took it away – a ‘takeaway.’ In the U. Dayna of Rochester Hills, Mich., laments how many people observe “Selfie Sunday” in social media, and Josh of Tucson, Ariz., asks, “Why can’t we have more selflessies? said, “All evidence of Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance must be deleted,” but it seems that many had just as much fun as Miley did on stage when they submitted their nominations. While the accident’s layout does, indeed, resemble its namesake cut of beef, we’d prefer to dispense with the collateral imagery and enjoy a great steak.
Just once, I would like to hear it referred to as a financial crisis.” Barbara CLIFF, Johnstown, Penn.