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By: Jenn Kovalski

 

If there was one thing that has become an overnight phenomenon, it is the explosion in the use of buzzwords and phrases. Whether it’s a common phrase from a Netflix Show like “DAY-VID” ($chitt’s Creek), or ones we now hear regularly like “new normal,” and  “surge”  it seems like there is no end in sight to these spicy new sayings. As annoying and repetitive as some of these have become, I do have a handful of favorites. Allow me to share.

I remember hearing the word “social-distancing” for the first time right about a year ago and I distinctly remember thinking, “who is the moron that thought of that phrase.” It sounded like an italicized keyword from a Psych 101 book in college. Now, a year later, here I am saying it like it’s a completely normal way to describe a get together, event or interaction, for example,  “we saw some family this weekend, social distance style.”

Then there was Gamestop. Gamestop was the store I avoided at the mall and was actually surprised it was even around still when headlines hit last month. Apparently, it’s been surviving due to a thriving ecosystem of teenage to thirty-something year old males. In connection, the Gamestop frenzy brought back an older buzzword back into rotation “FOMO” Fear of Missing Out.

Now to my beloved team, they each have their own little buzzwords and phrases that I have picked up on over the years.

Tom Fletcher’s is, “I gotta tell ya.” When I hear him say this, I smile immediately, as it’s almost always something hilarious. It’s his subconscious way of prefacing something funny.

Alex, ever the mathematician, very commonly says, “Six of one, half a dozen of the other.”

Tom Schulte says, “Oh my God.” Nothing more. No other words. Can be good news or bad news or entirely shocking. I can kind of equate it to Janice from Friends minus the sinus infection sounding voice she was made famous for.

Now for John, here I am stumped. I cannot think of many repetitious words he uses in a conversation. He uses the word “Howdy” frequently, but that is a friendly, warm greeting, not a buzzword.

For myself, I can name it as fast as anyone will tell me. I say “allegedly.” Neither of my parents are attorneys, I do not know where this “can’t pin this on me” verbiage came from. All I know is that I allegedly say it a lot.

Try thinking about it for a minute, and please share what you think your buzzword is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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