Things We Really Need to Stop Saying

During these past few months, I’ve had many conversations with many different people.  One of the many great things about UofT is the diverse population we have.  Everyone has such a unique background, and many people speak English as their second, or even third, language.  However, after interacting with these new people, I noticed that there are some things that we all do (whether English is our first, second, or third language), that just NEED to be stopped.

The first is our use of the word “literally”.  Long ago, this word originally meant “in a literal or strict sense”, but those days are long gone.  The word has evolved and become a word that overdramatic teens and young people attach onto EVERY. SINGLE. SENTENCE. Example: “I literally just peed my pants laughing!!”

….did you really though?

More examples:

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It has become the most overused word in the English language…Literally.

Another word that has lost all meaning is “lol”, or for you non-texters, “Laugh Out Loud”. I can’t remember the last time I read a text and actually laughed out loud, yet:


I am definitely not laughing out loud at the fact that my computer is being slow, or that I have to write a 10 page essay, yet just like the word “literally”, “lol” has become another overused word that we attach to every text that we send.

Why do we do these things? I have no idea, but please help put an end to these overused words! Support the cause and tweet #stopliterally2014 and #stopLOL2014, and join the many frustrated people out there!

Can you guys think of any words or phrases that you’re tired of hearing? Please comment below and share your frustrations!


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