Columnist Todd Dorman’s Sunday column touched on a series of words or phrases that may have been mentioned a few too many times in 2012.
“On Lake Superior State University’s annual list are the now overused ‘amazing,’ ’baby bump,’ ‘shared sacrifice,’ ‘occupy,’ ‘blowback,’ ‘man cave,’ ‘the new normal,’ ‘pet parent,’ ‘win the future,’ ‘trickeration,’ ‘ginormous,’ and ‘thank you in advance,’ Dorman wrote in his column. “I think this list is ‘epic.’
“I might also add ‘YOLO, short for you only live once,’ all 50 shades of ‘mommy porn’ and both ‘broga,’ yoga for guys, and ‘doga,’ yoga for dogs.
“Locally, it was a year of finding the right words to get people to stop doing things. The City Council is determined to take on ‘aggressive panhandlers’ looking for a hand out, and to banish loud critics from city hall who are guilty of a planned ‘criminal trespass’ ordinance. If your property is a ‘nuisance,’ you may find yourself in ‘tiers.’ And we won’t be a ‘Blue Zone’ until we waddle away from the doughnuts. We’ve hashed and rehashed red light cameras. Now, get ready for ‘automated license plate recognition.’
“And we already have an early candidate for 2013’s word of the year, as Cedar Rapids casino backers try to convince state regulators that a new facility won’t ‘cannibalize’ existing casinos.
“Tough choices,” Dorman added. “But I think ‘pink slime’ best captures the spirit of the year.
“A spark of accusation, whipped by the swirling winds of social media and the breathless news cycle, grew into an inferno of overreaction. By the time we figured out that lean finely textured beef wasn’t exactly a pink plague on our plates, the saga was burned to a crisp. Politicians ranted and rumbled, the media, myself included, cracked wise, and the people most impacted, the workers who lost jobs, were barely heard above the din.”
What popular word or phrase of 2012 do you like or detest the most?