Reader m.po sent this "curmudgeonly and William Safire-ish" list of words & phrases from the depths of officespeak and millennial-by-way-of-advertising-speak.
It's hard not to use these on a regular basis. Many are just linguistic shortcuts, skid-greasers, and ice-breakers but that doesn't mean they aren't a blight on speech.
m.po says "I started keeping the list [of phrases] so I could make damn sure never to repeat any even as their cretinous lure was upon me, like $2000 'cash back' or a box of chicken mcnuggets (I’m lovin it)... a lot of these are the linguistic equivalent of a fist bump."
…(?), not so much
yeah, right? or i know, right?
its all about...
to “rock” something , "nail" or "kill"
cool or super-cool
been there done that
i'll do the (some food item on a menu)
ad nauseum variations on "think different"
you got this; lets do this
have a great day
have a good one
crazy (adjective) e.g. crazy smart
(noun) hack(s) e.g. life hack or kitchen hack
wait for it...
dont go there
get your (...) on
I love me some...
I'm loving the...
to "onboard" or "onboarding"
on the same page
on so many levels
good stuff, wonderful stuff
sea salt and cracked pepper
this is useful
“hate on” something
“you got that right"
Update, Feb. 2017: m.po added more, below. We'll put them up in another post after a few more of these updates.
because…(noun), e.g. because…football
chicken and egg problem
bring to the table
outside the box
good luck with that
feature not a bug
off the hook
its what we do (or its what you do)
any variation on "owning it"
sked, or worse, skedded
get myself some... (coffee, food, etc)
an "aha" moment
loaded for bear
living the dream
tuck into (e.g. she tucked into a salad of roasted beets and cornichons)
...forward (fashion-, malt-, dog-)
Update 2, Mar. 2017: More additions:
join "the conversation"
"loop me in"/"looped in"/"in the loop"
Update 3, Mar. 2021: Sadly reader m.po died last year and won't be making any new additions. In his honor I will keep updating the list, starting with these:
in the weeds
keep your powder dry
vaccine breakthrough (meaning "breach")
in your/my/his/her wheelhouse