Paradigm.  Zeitgeist.  Resolution.  Oh, and gawd almighty, actually.  All of these are words that I hear repeatedly, day after day, from the people I interact with and the internet.  I don’t expect everyone to have the same experiences (especially since “zeitgeist” is a mighty specific term that I myself use quite often), but everybody knows what it’s like to have that nails-on-a-blackboard feeling from an overused word.  I used to work for a man who used the word “truly” incessantly, saying it like a mantra to hide the fact that everything he said was literally a lie.  But I’m not bitter, I’m just here to raise today’s rhetorical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) actually likes to say “paradigm”, simply because it’s pleasing to the ear and sounds like it’s about money, asking: What’s the most woefully overused word in your day-to-day world?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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