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Merriam-Webster Dictionary has launched its checklist of the phrases that outlined 2023. On the high of the checklist was “genuine.” The dictionary’s web site mentioned “genuine” noticed a considerable improve in 2023, pushed by tales and conversations about AI, celeb tradition, id and social media.

I don’t know if we’ve a phrase of the yr in West Virginia — you possibly can give you your personal — but it surely did get me fascinated by phrases and phrases I take advantage of day by day, both on the air or in a commentary, that I want to section out. Here’s a checklist of some, in no explicit order, together with my reasoning.

  • Gamechanger. This will probably be straightforward for me. I swore off of this a pair years in the past as a result of it was hooked up to each financial improvement announcement in West Virginia, irrespective of how modest. “The repaving of two miles of W.Va. 7 is an actual gamechanger!” If West Virginia had as many gamechanger financial developments as have been introduced over time, then our recreation would have really been modified!
  • Existential disaster. I usually relied on that crutch through the previous yr. When writing or speaking about one downside or one other within the state, I’d throw out the time period “existential disaster” to attempt to give my level extra heft. I’ll strive in 2024 to order that phrase for one thing that has to do with the which means and function of life.
  • Disaster. Whereas I’m at it, I must be extra considered with the phrase “disaster.” I’m not going to swear off fully, as a result of generally there actually is a disaster. But when each downside or challenge is a disaster, then what can we name it when there’s a actual disaster? (No, don’t say existential disaster.)
  • With all due respect. That phrase is meant to be a softener earlier than you say what you actually imply and one way or the other stop a visitor from responding in sort. For instance, “With all due respect, you’re an fool.” Luckily, I’ve gotten away from utilizing that phrase fairly often, besides as a joke on our 3 Guys podcast.
  • I hear you. That is the kinder, gentler model of “with all due respect,” as a result of I most likely didn’t hear you in any respect. I’m patronizing you till I can get my level throughout.
  • Let me ask you this. I confess that I generally say this in an interview when, frankly, I’m making an attempt to think about what to ask subsequent. Because the host, we will all assume that I will probably be asking questions. So, if you hear me say this, know that my mind is working feverishly to catch up.
  • I’ve to ask. See above.
  • You recognize, uh, um. These are additionally annoying time fillers, and a foul behavior that’s going to be onerous to interrupt as a result of, uh, you already know, they’ve grow to be a part of my speech sample over a lifetime.
  • Circle again. It is a catchphrase for me wrapping up an interview in an ongoing story, as in “Thanks for the replace. Circle again with me when you may have new data.” Or I can simply name you and we will overlook about the entire circle factor.
  • Transfer the needle. I usually use this phrase when speaking about politics as in, “Will candidate X’s advert marketing campaign transfer the needle?” I ought to simply ask whether or not they may get extra votes.
  • Comply with disagree. I think we don’t agree in any respect, even about disagreeing.

And that is solely a partial checklist. I may go on. I’ve a variety of work to do if I need to take away these worn out phrases from my vocabulary in 2024.

However, you already know, it’s what it’s.

Hoppy Kercheval is a MetroNews anchor and the longtime host of “Talkline.” Contact him at [email protected].