Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Overused words

Remember back in the floods of 1993 a new word that was introduced to our common vocabularies? What was is?

Inundate

Des Moines' water treatment plant was inundated with flood water. The media repeated this word on every news report to the point that most of us had to reach for the dictionary to see what the heck it meant.

Well, there's a new word out there, ready to be over used, and oh, how it fits today's political environment.

Impugn

Phonetically, it should probably be spelled "impewn". What purpose the "g" has is beyond me; probably French in origin.

What other words are being introduced into our vocabulary that are becoming over used?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Efforting". It isn't even a word yet the media loves to use it to sound intelligent. The media invented the word just like they invent all sorts of things.

If it were up to me every time a reporter or anchor uses the word "efforting" the program would immediately stop and the offending journalist would be stripped naked and horsewhipped on live television.

11:40 PM, October 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That stripped naked and whipped thing is a bit "eclectic" don't you think?
Such an image would require a "paradigm" shift in our acceptance of different "cultures".
And as "stakeholders" we all must share responsibility for the...ahhh...I'm out of words.

2:06 AM, October 19, 2007  
Anonymous Jeremie Jordan said...

You know a word that's underused?

RAD.

10:39 AM, October 20, 2007  
Blogger bgunzy said...

Yeah, Rad is very much underused...especially in this blog.

Maybe we should promote rad a little more?

6:52 PM, October 20, 2007  
Anonymous okie53 said...

Neither "Inundate" nor "Impugn" are new words in our common vocabulary. They are both legitimate, proper words with a rich history of meaning. Unlike the "overabundance" of slang words, which have no or very little history of meaning and which seem to "permeate" many conversations today.

5:25 PM, October 25, 2007  

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