the use of words like "awesome" used to describe something quite
normal. And horrific - come on, most of us thankfully will never
experience "horrific" in our lives Jackie Cameron: Awareness, Choice, Change
I notice the political candidates saying "Listen..." as the intro to
whatever they are going to say. Seems a bit odd to me b/c wasn't I
already listening? Also I believe that whenever I ask a question and
get an answer "that's a good question" it means that the person does
not know the answer and is stalling for time. Meg Bear at Talented Apps
My personal pet peeve is "leverage". As in, "Is there any pre-existing
research we can leverage?". If you mean "use", just say it. From Emily.
Off the top of my head, I hate "task" as a verb: "I've been tasked
with figuring out the rentable square footage...." "Paradigm" also
makes me ill. Tossed in by our favorite architect, Mile High Pixie.
By all means, keep adding to the list. Tell us why your crazy-making word or phrase makes you crazy. If I get enough real-life examples I'll create a downloadable eBook with, of course, attribution. Wouldn't you like the world to know what not to say to you?!