Phrases, Words and Slang Terms to Stop Using in 2018
Trust us, you’ll be better off without these in your vocabulary
New year, new you? If you’re looking to turn over a new leaf, begin with things you have control over…like the kind of language you use.
It takes a constant state of awareness and a conscious effort to get this going, but the payoff is well worth it. Fine-tuning your language can be what sets you apart, gets you an opportunity in the workplace and saves you from looking dumb. Those with Grammar Nazi bosses and friends would know this full well.
Sometimes though getting with the program as far as slang goes just can’t be helped: Slang terms present a new, fun way of saying the same old thing and that’s always refreshing. Internet lingo also has the ability to bring people together even when taken offline. No matter how casual things become in the workplace and other business settings, we still have to draw the line somewhere.
And come on now…2018 is the year you can even.
It’s not the word per se that you should eliminate from your vocabulary. It’s more about the frequency of usage and more importantly, what comes after “sorry.” Try following up genuine apologies with: “How can I make it right?” This shows concern, initiative and a desire to right a wrong.
#2: I don’t know
Don’t expect to dazzle anyone with this phrase. “I don’t know” is the safe spot for people who are afraid to get things wrong, which is understandable. But it’s also the cop-out for people who don’t want to make decisions. In this case, it may come off as lazy and uncaring. Instead of saying “I don’t know” in scenarios wherein you sincerely do not know the answer, try saying: “I’ll make it a point to find out.”
This one’s up for debate because apparently, “literally” is now an accepted—albeit informal—expression to denote emphasis. Still, the root word here is “literal” which means “to take words in their usual or most basic sense without metaphor or allegory.” Call us purists, but we’d rather stick to the old description and insist that “literally” and words like “actually” or “seriously” are not interchangeable.
So no, Rachel Zoe, who is obviously alive and well. You literally didn’t die.
#4: I can’t
This tackles the general use of negative language in everyday scenarios. “I can’t make it later” and “I can’t meet this deadline” are seemingly harmless responses (hey, at least you responded, right?). But “I can’t” may translate to self-doubt, self-judgment or giving into defeat—before you even got started.
#5: I can’t even
“I can’t even” is used when the speaker ironically is in a state of speechlessness from either shock, exasperation or euphoria. Again, ironically, “I can’t even” is communicative enough without having to communicate much (context here is everything). Everyone has had days wherein they can’t even, making it by far the most relatable meme, but there’s got to be a better way to articulate yourself.
#6: Don’t blame me
This comes in other forms like “it’s not my fault” or sarcastically taking the blame in order to get an issue over and done with. Everyone knows a person who loves to take the “sige na, ako na. I’m to blame na” route.
This isn’t a proactive response at all, but a defense mechanism that tells other people that you are only looking out for number one. In the spirit of team work and camaraderie, this is not the direction you want to take the conversation in.
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Shook, shookt and shooketh: This is what happens when you are shocked, surprised or can’t believe what you are seeing. It’s a slang term used so often, it’s lost its effectiveness; it’s also gotten really annoying.
When every little thing can get you shook, then the expression loses its meaning, no?
#8: On fleek
“On fleek” is another way of saying that something is on point. Please, pretty please, just go ahead and say on point.
A person who uses “on fleek” in this day and age is the equivalent of that pa-hip tita of yours who constantly bugs you about how you haven’t accepted her Facebook friend invite. She’s a cool tita; she’s not like a regular tita.
#9: It’s so traffic
Traffic is a noun and not an adjective. It is therefore incorrect to say “it’s so traffic.” Traffic jams? Yes. Heavy traffic? Yes. Sobrang traffic? No. Just no. Please express your frustrations about EDSA, C5 and all other parts of Manila correctly.
#10: Go here.
Here’s another widely used but incorrect phrase. When a speaker says “can you go here?” when asking a person to head to wherever they are, they should actually say “can you come here?”
Use “go” for any location away from you if you are the speaker. When referring to things towards you and your location, use “come.”
We know 2017 has you shookt AF so you literally can’t even RN, but it’s time to let go of these phrases, words and slang terms. And since we already took the time to revisit the fundamentals of grammar…