Do you come across – or even use – words and phrases that should be banned? Some have lost the impact they once had, but seem to live on. In some cases, they aren’t even literally used properly … which irks me even more.

I don’t claim to be a master of the English language, but I have a pretty decent command of it. I realize new words/phrases come along, creep into conversation, in text messages (without proper punctuation or capitalization – ok, I have learned to live with that), on Facebook and other social media, but let’s stop using them improperly, as fillers and after they have lost their value.

Here’s my list of words/phrases that should be banned in 2012:

  • Literally – it literally bugs me when literally is used to literally add emphasis. It means, “actually.” It needs to have happened just as you say. If it was “literally raining cats and dogs,” then they would be falling from the sky. When did you last see that happen?
  • Amazing – it’s so overused that it’s lost its meaning. It’s not amazing any longer.
  • State of the art – Also overused. Commonly substituted with innovative. Definitely overhyped. Is it truly a state-of-the-art product, service or facility?
  • LOL – ok, it was funny some time ago, but not now. LOL. Commonly replaced with “ha!” or variations.
  • Like Popular among teenagers, Tweens and Valley girls. Appropriate for Facebook, but still overused there (but feel free to like this post). LOL. I mean, like, seriously, do we like, have to use, like, every other word?
  • In all honesty – as opposed to all of the dishonest things you say if you don’t include this phrase? In all honesty, you can eliminate it.
  • So – often used to start a sentence. It is overused and not necessary. So, be done with it.
  • I think – I know it’s what you think. But stop starting off your conversation with it, unless you want to emphasize that it’s your opinion. Otherwise, save space, because I think I get it.

So, in all honesty, I think you literally like have some amazing words that you can add to this state-of-the-art list. LOL.

What’s on your list? Share them in the comments section below.

Rich Donley, APR, is a vice president at Airfoil Public Relations, a high tech PR agency with offices in Detroit and Silicon Valley.