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Nominations for Most-Hated Buzzwords?

With the end of the years in sight, what words would you like to see expunged from the American vocabulary?
I nominate: "Homeland" and "imbedded reporter".

that'd be E_M_bedded. 02.Dec.2004 18:47

not

"imbedded"


Doubleplus-ungood 02.Dec.2004 19:34

Wordsworth

This reminds me of when Matt Groening's "Life in Hell" used to do the "Words Not Allowed to Be Used Next Year" strip in late December.

Here are my offerings:
- "on the ground"
- "smoking gun"
- "disconnect" used as a noun, as in "How do you account for the disconnect between the Party's message
and the voters?"

more words 02.Dec.2004 19:37

crank

Ech, I hate "homeland" and "embedded reporter" too. Add "heartland" to the list. Other than those, I can't think of any right away that should be stricken from the dictionary. Mostly it's a matter of context that makes certain words offend me.

Such as "tragic," "healing," "closure" and "a nation mourns," or any of the other manipulative words and phrases they use on the TV news to sell phoney bite-size slices of commiseration, nationalist pride, and we're-all-in-it-togetherness.

When spoken by any politician: "compassion."

"Brand" and "branding" are way overused (or should I say, overinvested) by friendly fascists.

This will probably push somebody's buttons here, but I get a little bit embarrassed when I hear the words "resist" and "struggle." Not that I don't appreciate what the words stand for, but they're just really really tired.

My personal list of hated words is pretty long... I'd better stop myself now before I get carried away.

Oh yes 02.Dec.2004 19:49

Cactus Carl

"TRANSPARENCY!" Begone, begone. Whenever I hear that one I know there's absolutely no "transparency" to whatever they are talking about whatsoever.

good (or bad) ones 02.Dec.2004 19:58

Expat

Yeah, "transparency" is frosting. One that I always hated, although it was more a Clintonian term (but is not doubt still used) is "grow" as a verb. "We're going to grow the economy..."

When words 02.Dec.2004 19:58

mean nothing

Roadmap.

Roadmap is a word that really means something. It means a map of roads. It's a very useful thing.

But It is used these days to mean absolutely nothing in regards to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. If you don't want to solve the problem, pretend the roadmap exists... and talk about it. Talk about "the roadmap." No, no, don't do that. Just stop. Please stop. Have mercy on our poor souls and stop for God's sake!!! I BE-SEEECH YOUUUUUUUUUU!!!

so many words, so lttle time 02.Dec.2004 20:13

write or wrong

I hate that "grow" construction too, a human co-opting of ma nature's functions. Also any nouning of verbs or verbing of nouns unless it's something I invent for fun ("hot-potatoeing" is something my boss often does, same as passing the buck. I hate it when a couple says "we're pregnant"-too precious, only one of you is. Many stupid word uses in corpy fluff pieces, "glitterati" and "doing the aisle walk thing". And from other worlds: "thug" and "pimps". Kill all pimps now!

A few of my nominations.... 02.Dec.2004 20:58

Bear

"Moral values": Code term for homophobic, sexist & right wing.

"Security Mom": Non-entity invented by corporate media.

"Defense of Marriage": Defense from what? If their marriage is so insecure that they feel threatened by someone else's relationship, then they need to work on themselves.

"Consumer confidence": Herd of sheep headed for Wal-Mart.

you know why it sounds all the same? it's automatic writing 02.Dec.2004 21:08

here's why,

It's meant to!


a memo from Newt Gingrich to members of GOPAC. . .



As you know, one of the key points in the GOPAC tapes is that "language matters." In the video "We Are a Majority," Langauage is listed as a key mechanism of control used by a majority party, along with Agenda, Rules, Attitude and Learning. As the tapes have been used in training sessions across the country and mailed to candidates, we have heard a plaintive plea: "I wish I could speak like Newt."

That takes years of practice. [I burst out laughing here reading this: years of practice to say absolutely nothing.] But we believe that you could have a significant impact on your campaign and the way you communicate if we help a little. That is why we have created this list of words and phrases.

This list is prepared so that you might have a directory of words to use in writing literature and mail, in preparing speeches, and in producing electronic media. The words and phrases are powerful. Read them. Memorize as many as possible. And remember that, like any tool, these words will not help if they are not used....


Contrasting Words

Often we search hard for words to help us define our opponents. Sometimes we are hesitant to use contrast. Remember that creating a difference helps you. These are powerful words that can create a clear and easily understood contrast. Apply these to the opponent, their record, proposals and their party.

decay... failure (fail)... collapse(ing)... deeper... crisis... urgent(cy)... destructive... destroy... sick... pathetic... lie... liberal... they/them... unionized bureaucracy... "compassion" is not enough... betray... consequences... limit(s)... shallow... traitors... sensationalists...

endanger... coercion... hypocrisy... radical... threaten... devour... waste... corruption... incompetent... permissive attitudes... destructive... impose... self-serving... greed... ideological... insecure... anti-(issue): flag, family, child, jobs... pessimistic... excuses... intolerant...

stagnation... welfare... corrupt... selfish... insensitive... status quo... mandate(s)... taxes... spend(ing)... shame... disgrace... punish (poor...)... bizarre... cynicism... cheat... steal... abuse of power... machine... bosses... obsolete... criminal rights... red tape... patronage


Optimistic Positive Governing Words

Use the list below to help define your campaign and your vision of public service. These words can help give extra power to your message. In addition, these words help develop the positive side of the contrast you should create with your opponent, giving your community something to vote for!

share... change... opportunity... legacy... challenge... control... truth... moral... courage... reform... prosperity... crusade... movement... children... family... debate... compete... active(ly)... we/us/our... candid(ly)... humane... pristine... provide...

liberty... commitment... principle(d)... unique... duty... precious... premise... care(ing)... tough... listen... learn... help... lead... vision... success... empower(ment)... citizen... activist... mobilize... conflict... light... dream... freedom...

peace... rights... pioneer... proud/pride... building... preserve... pro-(issue): flag, children, environment... reform... workfare... eliminate good-time in prison... strength... choice/choose... fair... protect... confident... incentive... hard work... initiative... common sense... passionate



A TEST OF THE WORDS, AUTOMATIC SURREALIST POLITICAL WRITING



The Bush regime is bound to decay.. It is mired in total failure, and it is already failed because it had to steal the election in 2000. It's internal loyalty is collapsing, leading it deeper and deeper into a crisis of urgency to attempt to survive. The Bush regime is destructive and it is destroying itself and exhibiting itself as a sick pathetic lie pretending that it is bringing a liberal constitution to Iraq or Afghanistan. The only people that have been declared terrorists are mostly the unionized bureaucracy and after all the tax breaks the Bush regime, it finds that pumping out propoganda about "compassion" is not enough. The Bush regime has betrayed its voter base, and destroyed democracy, and this will have consequences that lead to the increasing limits placed on its coterie of shallow traitorous sensationalists who have lied the U.S. into two foreign wars in three years--without any danger at all.

In this proces, the Bush regime has endangered Americans and their values and destroyed the U.S. Constitution with coercion and hypocrisy. The Bush regime is a radical threatening of our constitutional form of government that aims to devour and waste the U.S. and the world in a spiral of corruption and incompetent government by permissive attitudes towards misuse of the military, corporate crime, and perpetual breaking of the Bill of Rights. The Bush Regime is destructive: it is imposing its self-serving, greedy, ideological, and insecure, anti-democratic agenda. This will have ramifications on how the American flag, family, child, and jobs base will be viewed by the world as merely increasingly pessimistic excuses for intolerant behavior.

The Bush Regime is leading the United States into economic and political stagnation, through corporate welfare mired in a corrupt, selfish, insensitive status quo that pretends that it has a mandate to create tax perks while spending us into shame and disgrace. Someday truth will come along to punish the poor, bizarre, cynicism that is the core of the Bush Regime: this core mantra of the Bush regime is to cheat, to steal, and to abuse of power in the name of its machine bosses where law is made obsolete and the only criminal rights are exercised by those out of prison due to red tape and patronage in the courts of law that have saved their corrupt skin time after time.


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See how easy that was? Unless you saw that list above, you might actually be reading along nodding "yeah, that's an excellent sentiment." See that is how brainwashed the Republicans are deep down inside. They are all clicking along like synchronized metronomes on an automatic frequency. They are ceasing to be people. They are simply an empty infrastructure upon which people enact their power. All they stand for is their own manipulation.

Bush automatic speech writing secrets revealed! 02.Dec.2004 21:29

scary and on target

[You will notice that Bush handlers typically pipe these words into his ear. Perhaps they come straight from Gengrich!]



THE AUTOMATIC WRITING OF A BUSH SPEECH

[using the other list of words]

Ladies and Gentlemen, the War Criminal of the United States:


I'm please to be here. Thanks for having me. I'm glad I'm here because I share your desire for change and opportunity. Yessir I want to leave a legacy that challenges the control of truth, wresting it away from those without moral courage for reform and prosperity. I'm on a crusade; it's a movement--this movement is in the name of our children and our families who want to debate and to compete actively within our candidly humane, pristine, and providing world.

I stand for liberty. I stand for commitment. I have a principled and unique duty to maintain the precious premises of our democracy. I do this because I care, though I'm tough. I listen. I learn. I help lead with a vision of success and empowerment of all citizens and activists who mobilize conflict in the name of the light dream of freedom.

There are those who are for peace. There are those who believe in rights. I am a pioneer in these things and I am proudly building a preserve for pro-freedom peoples of the world so they can raise their flags and their children in an environment of reform and workfare. Though I deserve a good-time in prison, it is my strength to choose to be fair, in order to protect the confident incentives of our country in the name of hard work, initiative, and common sense. No one is more passionate a believer in that than me.

Now, let's see you fuckoffs take double voltage on your prissy little fingertips. [Bush's actual personality showing through, though, they will edit that out before sending it over the numbing airwaves.]

Thank you, and God Bless America.

Family Values 02.Dec.2004 21:40

PHH

That's my favorite.

Does anyone know what in the hell they mean by "Family Values"?

Oh, and I almost forget, "Principle". As in George Bush is a man of "Principle". What the hell is that supposed to mean?

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The empty meaningly buzzword phrase I want to get rid of: 02.Dec.2004 22:04

is

"President Bush."

political capital 02.Dec.2004 22:20

fair and balanced

capitalism

I second that 02.Dec.2004 22:52

meeeee

Moral Values. Makes me shudder. To the list, I would like to add "Evangelical". Since when, and how, did "The Religious Right" become politically incorrect? It's just accurate.

Let's look at our over used phrases... 02.Dec.2004 22:59

FN Brill

The most overused activist phrases

1) "What do we want..." (went do we want it? when our heads are pulled out of our asses)
2) "Whose streets?"
3) "Free State" (An oxymoron you ox like morons)
4) Fascist... (first over used by the Stalinists, who of course, worked with the fascists)


"utilize" ... 03.Dec.2004 00:27

glen

... the most pretentious, grandiose, grotesque and unecessarily hyperpolysyllabic verb in the lexicon of parochially American English.
. Ther is no application in prose where the verb 'to use' is not better than 'utilize'. Comparison of 'utilization' to the noun 'use' is simply too invidious to be spoken of.
. SO THERE!

dot com 03.Dec.2004 02:25

rightwing neoliberal glossary

Definitions:

1. isolated incident - any embarrassing revelations of criminal activities by subordinates
2. conspiracy theory - any insinuation that the powerful ever willfully act illegally
3. pursuit of excellence - any trite or mundane activity that's highly remunerated (like ripping off the employee 401k, say)
4. wealth creation - same as last
5. jobs creation - standard excuse for cutting the top tax bracket
6. growth industry - see 3.
7. sensible regulations - any rules that makes big business more profitable
8. fair and balanced - any reporting that leaves out 2., and says as little as possible about 1.
9. economic stimulus package - see 5.
10.no significant impact - any polluting or resource extracting industry with enough lobbyists and soft money
11.regulatory relief - any rule change that makes big business more profitable
12.tax relief - synonym for cutting the top tax bracket
13.moral values - Republicans have 'em. Democrats don't
14.fiscally responsible - any cut in social services for the poor and working class (also any instance of 12)
14.freedom fighters - any terrorist groups that Ronald Reagan would have had dinner with
15.support our troops - support mass murder, torture, and cluster bombing elementary schools, if the pres says so.
16.objective reporting - see 8
17.liberal media - opposite of 8
18.political correctness - any lack of fawning adulation for 3. through 16
19.campus radicals - those who exhibit 18, at colleges and universities
20.get a job - conform mindlessly, stop exhibiting 18.
21.welfare queen - anyone who receives publicly funded social services (unless in top tax bracket)
22.tort reform - anything to weaken or eliminate the jury system and replace it with any kind of corporate appointed bureaucrat (e.g., "administrative law judge," "arbitrator," etc) who won't rule against big business too often
23.frivolous lawsuits - any lawsuit that costs big business money

bush 03.Dec.2004 04:18

next up

That's the buzz word I'd like to see go away.

Did I win?

resolve 03.Dec.2004 05:12

fisch

resolve!

If I had a pretzel for every time this word has been used in a W-speech...

"Electable" 03.Dec.2004 08:31

alsis38 alsis35@yahoo.com

Enough said. :p

At the End of the Day.... 03.Dec.2004 09:14

Eye Pea Freely

...you will need to figure out how to become a Team Player!

Warlord 03.Dec.2004 09:46

.

1. Local and tribal Afghani leaders are ALWAYS referred to as warlords, as if it were their official title. What's wrong with 'chief' or 'mayor' or even 'strongman'?

2. Any local leader who disagrees with U.S. policy and acts upon his disagreement. If he (or she?) is on the U.S. side, they are a 'freedom fighter' or some such tripe.