...busting up my brains for the words

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Language watch 2

Another overused word that I'd like to see banished for at least a few years is "basically".
It's an easy word to fall into a pattern of abuse. Basically every sentence can begin with this ubiquitous word. It is a word that is overused like "you know" and "ummmm". I would like to encourage the evil disseminators of "basically" to give this word a vacation and substitute it with a perfectly fresh word like "essentially".
Once you come to know someone who overuses "basically", it reaches a point where every time they say it is like a stobe light flashing in your face, giving you a nervous tic.
And that's just not healthy for anyone.


  • At 10:35 PM, Blogger HalfCentTriChic said…

    Thank God that the word "synergies" has gone by the wayside. I was sick and tired of that word being overused during the dotcom rush of the late '90's. Heard it once too often back at Fingerhut's E-commerce division.

    Great blog, have you linked from mine, Flyover Country (

  • At 11:49 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Yes, my first encounter with the word synergy was a descriptor of what happens when Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison play with one another in a group called The Beatles. It was said that the sum total of the Beatles exceeded the input of these four parts. Apologies might be due to Brian Epstein who'd possessed the temerity to fire Peter Best and replace him with Ringo. As the Beatles were not quite capable to attaining the synergy we know them for until Epstein fired Best and bested him with Starr.
    A stellar choice.
    Yes. Pinkmonkeybird shall keep a vigilant eye cast upon "synergy". It's evil shall be countenanced and if need be, exposed.

    Oh...I've heard of Fly Over Country! That sounds great. Very Ingrahamian. Though, wasn't it Alec Baldwin who'd first gained fame for uttering that phrase?

    I sincerely thank you for your kind words, Dawn.

    Let's swap blogrolls. I'll show you mine if you show me yours.

  • At 2:46 PM, Blogger Custos Morum said…

    In the political lexicon I am beginning to find 'progressive' quite irksome. It appears to be a word that means whatever the speaker wants it to mean. I personally know of nobody who is against the idea of progress and yet people wear the badge of progressivism as if it were in some way unique to them.

    In fact, the only people I can think of who are against progress are theocratic terrorists and oppressors. These people are truly regressive in that they reject scientific enquiry, western liberal democracy and womens rights. Funnily enough, many Western 'progressives' see these people as the lesser evil when compared to President Bush.

  • At 9:45 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Remembering a conversation you & I had once before, cs;
    The thieving of a word to serve as political groupthink is what you are talking to, aren't you?
    Couldn't we cite George Orwell as a caution?


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