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'Selfie,' 'Twerk' Dubbed Most Annoying Words of 2013

People are pretty sick of '#hashtag' too
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 31, 2013 2:39 PM CST
'Selfie,' 'Twerk' Dubbed Most Annoying Words of 2013
Justin Bieber takes a "selfie" with a fan at the premiere of the feature film "Justin Bieber's Believe" at Regal Cinemas LA, Dec. 18, 2013.   (Dan Steinberg)

A Michigan university has issued its annual list of annoying words, and those flexible enough to take selfies of themselves twerking should take note. In addition to "selfie" and "twerking," there was a strong sense among those who nominated words to this year's list that the word "hashtag" and term "Mr. Mom" had both run their course. This is the 39th year that Lake Superior State has assembled the list of overused or just plain irritating words. This year, more than 2,000 nominations came in.

"Selfie" was the word named most often in those submissions. "It's a lame word," one detractor wrote. "It's all about me, me, me. Put the smartphone away. Nobody cares about you." Others on the banned list include "Twittersphere," ''t-bone," ''ObamaCare" ''intellectually/morally bankrupt" and anything "on steroids." People are also tired of the suffixes "-pocalypse" and "-ageddon," used to make words such as "snow-pocalypse" or "ice-ageddon." (More words stories.)

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