Six Words Laurie Notaro Demands People Stop Using Right Now
Again, cute the first 400 times a celebrity said it to describe how joyful having a spawn was, but by the time it got to Drew Barrymore and Adele, the phrase was nothing short of an eye roll, limping along, barely breathing and threadbare because the Kardashians, Jennifer Garner, and Ben Affleck have beaten the hell out of it. Leave it alone, folks. Let it die a kind death.
Words to use instead: Make up another nonsensical comparison to space objects if you must: we're as "Delighted as a satellite who is tracking your every move to sell to corporations later!", "Fiery as a comet hoping to destroy life on Earth because of reckless phrases like this," or "As excited as men in orbit who have to recycle their own pee and possibly cook with it."
3. Sumpin' sumpin':
Oprah needs to be fined one third of her overall fortune and do some serious community service for injecting this annoyance into the vernacular -- like collecting used needles from underneath park benches or washing the hair of homeless women. To express how detrimental this word is to our environment, I am sad to inform you that you don't even need a tongue to say it. Try it. I'm not lying. That is a dangerous word. That is the definition of a dangerous word.
How many times would a parrot have to say it before you took measures into your own hands? Be honest: you'd kill it before one episode of Judge Judy was over. And no one would blame you. This is the most annoying thing Oprah has said since "baked French fries" and (shiver) "A ha moment."
Words to use instead: Use any word in the dictionary. Any word that is legitimate and has a root. Any word that requires pronunciation.