The Bigly List of Words to Retire in 2017

Dec 06, 2016 Samantha McGarry

Alas alack it’s that time of the year when we look back on our transgressions against the English language over the past 12 months and identify the words and phrases that simply must go.

This year, it’s not been a hard search: the presidential campaign offered rich pickings, in addition to the usual crop of gen x/y/z/millennial expressions that remain foreign to us 40+ folks (i.e. me) -- plus the usual handful of business/marketing buzzwords that stubbornly remain in use.

After a little crowdsourcing and without further ado, here is InkHouse’s list of words to retire in 2017 -- presented in alphabetic fashion because it seemed fairer than putting bigly in caps since so many people suggested it.

Word nerds, historians, anthropologists and fellow PR/marketing folks can view our past “words to retire” blogs posts over here: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011.

Topics: Content, Writing, PR
Samantha McGarry

Samantha is a senior vice president at Inkhouse. Her curiosity for business and technology - combined with her love of semantics and communication - has translated into a 20+ year career in PR.

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