As Inkhouse’s token Brit and defacto author of our annual Words to Retire post for the last 10 years, I feel it my duty and privilege to retire the much-recently-vaunted phrase given Team USA’s progress in (and subsequent departure from) the World Cup: “It’s called soccer.”
Nope. It is, in fact, called football.
And even though the England team 🏴 also lost last weekend, it is still called football.
Now that’s done, we can move on to the more pressing business of other words and phrases from 2022 that need to be shelved.
The following were selected from among many more words that we crowdsourced, a process that forever brings me joy. They are reflective of some of what we’ve experienced, read about, dealt with, and perhaps said too often - personally and professionally - in 2022.
It’s also worth noting that Web 3 and metaverse were proposed, which prompted a good deal of debate about Gartner Hype Cycles and actual use cases. We’re watching from the sidelines…
We’ve also noticed that some words have been creeping into mainstream conversation and business environments that belong more to the domain of mental health. Please be mindful: Misuse or overuse of these words tends to minimize or trivialize them, which we should all be sensitive to.
And then there are the words we keep trying to retire but they keep being used. In fact, I’ve checked through all 11 past Words to Retire blog posts and these below are the repeat offenders. Please, for the love of vocabulary and semantics: Use better words. Thank you.
If you’d prefer to do your own research, here's the archive: