Use your words. But not these. Here are some of the words we think have been used to excess.


Brian Citino, staff writer
1 Bro — I’m not your bro, guy.
2 Economy — Can’t get through the day without hearing the E-word. It’s overused at this point.
3 Nada — You don’t speak Spanish. Say no. Saying nada doesn’t make you sound cool ... bro.

Doug Denison, staff writer
1 Literally — As in, “When I saw that, my jaw literally hit the floor.” Really? Sounds like a serious medical problem.
2. Interesting — What’s interesting about it? Just say that.
3. Ridiculously — As in, “It’s ridiculously hot today.” So hot you think Mother Nature deserves to be mocked?

Jayne Gest, staff writer
1 First annual — Not only is it overused, but it’s wrong. If it’s the first time, then it’s not annual yet.
2 Love/Hate — I’m guilty of this too, but people use it so often that it becomes watered down.
3 Seriously — When people use this word as a question, it drives me crazy. I wouldn’t have said it in the first place if I wasn’t serious.

Sarika Jagtiani, staff writer
1 Like — I don’t think people realize how much they use this, and how much less intelligent it makes them sound.
2 Any word equated with women or gay men turned into one for straight men, e.g. murse (man purse, male nurse), bromance, metrosexual, manny (male nanny), etc.
3 Nazi — Funny when talking about the Soup Nazi. Overused ever since.

Maureen Raitz, editor
1 Ignorant — Definitely a Delaware thing and often used in manners where it doesn’t make any sense. I don’t think inanimate objects can be “ignorant.”
2 Ornery — Also a distinct part of the Delaware vernacular. My biggest problem with ornery is how it is pronounced most times. It took me months to figure out what was meant by “ahhhn-ree.”
3 Whether or not — It means “regardless of.” If you can change it to “regardless of whether” and the sentence still makes sense, that’s fine. But most people don’t realize that “whether” stands just fine on its own when used properly.