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Words We Need to Retire

I was thinking recently that we should retire the word “authentic” from our vocabulary. It’s just so over-used. Then, after a second thought, I wondered how many words we need to retire from our blog posts, articles, sermons, lectures, conversations, and more.  Even phrases like “I need to wrap my head around this” have hit retirement age.  At any rate, when I asked the question about what other words should be dropped, I got a flood of responses on Twitter.  Here’s a few my brilliant followers suggested:

Epic, as in “epic generation”
Unpack
Chilling
Branding
Relevant
Awesome
Miscommunication
Real
Mobilize
Accountable
Organic
Sustainable
Amazing
Dynamic
Revival
…and a few more.

It’s not that these are bad words, but when we overuse a word, it starts to lose its meaning. Keep on the alert. Let’s sharpen the language by using the right word, instead of the popular word.

Any other suggestions?

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