'Green' Tops 2008's Most Annoying Terms

'Maverick,' 'staycation,' and 'game-changer' also make appearances
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2009 12:23 PM CST
LSSU has posted its list of the most annoying words of 2008.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Did you get your fill of mavericks this year? Or companies claiming to go green? Those words made Lake Superior State University’s list of the most overused words and phrases of 2008, the AP reports. Other annoying winners:

  • Carbon footprint
  • First dude
  • Bailout
  • Wall Street, in comparison with Main Street

  • <3 (yes, the emoticon meaning “heart”)
  • Iconic
  • Game-changer
  • Desperate search
  • Not so much
  • Staycation
  • It’s that time of year again
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