I love it when other people do my work for me.
Oh this would make a great Tuesday question: Words you would like to banish from the English language…
And lo, it is asked.
For my part, I’m going to double down on one of the phrases I included in the original post on which NewDealer was commenting.
I. Frigging. Hate. “Think[ing] outside the box.”
With the white-hot heat of a thousand suns I detest it.
Why do I hate it? Because it speaks of a desire for novelty and ingenuity using utterly hackneyed imagery. Because it smugly defeats itself. Because if you’re asking for something delightfully new and different, come up with a new and different way of asking for it rather than employing a catchphrase worn thin from a million billion management meetings and employee retreats!
So that’s my answer. I also usually hate words created by adding “ize” to a noun, but since I love the word “catastrophize” I realize I don’t have much of a leg to stand on with that one.