Top 25 Most Overused Words And Phrases Of The Decade

At the turn of the century (the 21st century, that is), everyone was talking about Y2K, the computer bug that many feared would crash computer systems at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve 1999, creating a world-wide apocalypse. That didn’t happen, of course, but “Y2K” became the first of many new overused words and phrases of the decade. After the jump, check out which other words and phrases people have been uttering way too much in the past 10 years.

  1. Wardrobe malfunction
  2. Status update
  3. Tweeted (as in “I just tweeted about that”)
  4. “Cougar” to describe any attractive woman over the age of 35, who happens to be single, or any woman dating a man more than three years her junior.
  5. The “clever” blending of two words to create one era-appropriate word, like “Staycation,” “bromance,” “Metrosexual,” “Recessionista,” and “Brangelina.”
  6. “I just threw up a little in my mouth.”
  7. Date Night
  8. Getting anything “on,” like “getting my drink on.”
  9. All IM- and text-inspired abbreviations: OMG, TMI, WTF, LMAO, ZOMG, and the granddaddy of them all, LOL.
  10. “Hot mess” to describe anyone a little attractive whose sanity — or outfit — is questionable. i.e., Juliette Lewis.
  11. The shortening of words — which we are definitely guilty of — like “whatevs,” “obvi,” and “totes.”
  12. “That’s what she said.”
  13. Seriously. Seriously? Seriously.
  14. The word “amazing” to describe anything that isn’t actually amazing.
  15. “That’s hot!”
  16. Wuzzup!
  17. Un/Friended (as in “I friended/unfriended him on Facebook”)
  18. Beyotch
  19. “Dude!” (as an exclamation or a greeting)
  20. “What a douche.”
  21. “Voted off,” thanks, primarily, to the number of reality shows that vote members off the island/out of the house/off the show.
  22. “There’s an app for that.”
  23. Sexting
  24. “Like white on rice.”
  25. “I’m over it.”