Monday, July 28, 2008

The most annoyingly overused word in the english language


As in, I have an issue with that. She has emotional issues. There was a legal issue. Those people have parenting issues...


I listen to a lot of talk radio during the day, and the overuse of this word is like an obsession. It's getting to be more annoying than "like." (But at least most people don't pronounce it "iss-yew.")

Almost as bad: "challenge," but only because it's not used as often.

Recommended synonyms: problem, hang-up, complication, difficulty, snag, obstacle, trouble.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about malfunction, as in what's your major malfunction....

7/28/2008 5:35 PM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

That got a little overused in the 80s, but I'll take it over "issue" or "challenge" any day.

And I just remembered this short-lived version: "What's your damage?"

7/28/2008 10:07 PM  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Issues are like tissues, give 'em a damn Kleenex! :-)

8/01/2008 9:08 AM  

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