we have blue sky thinking,coming from,absolutly stacking up,window of opportunity etc
what new words and phrases should be added or deleted from the English Language in 2012?
"Upcoming" (often used now instead of forthcoming) should continue not to be part of the English language.
"Awesome" should be deleted on the grounds that incorrect use has rendered it meaningless.
I would say the same for "literally" but I can't think of an alternative to replace it.
My children add the word "like" in between almost every other word in the sentence.
It is, like, driving me mad, sort of thing,
So, I was driving down the road the other day.
I so want to go home.
Going forward... I'm not Stephen Hawking so I take a very matter of fact view of time: "going forward" is the only option we've actually got. As far as I can see, "Going forward, we will take steps to prevent this from happening again" is identical to "We will take steps to prevent this from happening again". (Although its real meaning - when applied to local and central government blunders, NHS cock-ups, defence procurement mistakes etc - is generally more like "Only an idiot would not have realised long ago that the current situation would be the inevitable outcome of our complete incompetence.")
Chatman is looking for a word to replace "literally". Well, the word you're looking for is generally "figuratively", as in: "The curry was SO hot I thought it would literally blow my head off!". Or "metaphorically", as in: "The stand-up was so unfunny he literally died tonight." Or even plain "not", as in: "Now that you guys have won X-Factor, you'll be known and loved right around the world. You're literally amazing!"
As an excuse, "taken out of context" is surely one of the lamest. "My vitriolic 140 character tweet, which you have just quoted in full, was taken completely out of context." Eh? Please explain in what context it would have been OK to call someone what you've just called them. Apart from a school playground (and perhaps not even there).
But, at the end of the day, language is literally a living, breathing thing, so it's not like actually up to us and, going forward, the best we can hope is that the worst examples will just shrivel up and die of shame. Or whatever.
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