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The Most Popular Words of the Year


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♥ was the most popular word of 2014.

Most Popular Emojis
Most Popular Emojis
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Worst, Overused Corporate Buzzwords


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We all have played BUZZWORD BINGO in our office meetings, conferences, and presentations.

Sometimes those corporate phrases are appropriate. Other times, it’s just a talking head trying to sound more important than they really are.  Everyone knows they have a job to do (one would think), so we don’t need the demotivating words and phrases that oft-repeated without any real substance behind them.

The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit: An A to Z Lexicon of Empty, Enraging, and Just Plain Stupid Office Talk
The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit:
An A to Z Lexicon of Empty, Enraging, and
Just Plain Stupid Office Talk
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At what age do children learn to swear? (it’s younger than you think!)


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Parents try very hard to avoid swearing in front of their children.

But it’s inevitable.  And whether they hear those words from their parents or learn those words while at school, at some point in your child’s life they will casually utter one of those Seven Dirty Words – and usually at the most inappropriate – albeit funny – moment.

The Very Inappropriate Word
The Very Inappropriate Word
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No surprise: men interrupt conversations more than women do


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Ever have a conversation with a man?

How hard is it to get a word in edgewise with them?  Pretty darn tough, isn’t it?  It’s surprising that men can even have a conversation with other men at all, isn’t it?

Interrupting Chicken
Interrupting Chicken
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What do you call carbonated beverages: “Coke”, “Pop”, “Soda”?


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When you’re traveling around the country and you pull into the local diner, how do you answer when the waitress asks you if you’d like a Coke?

Do you assume that she’s asking you if you actually would like a Coca-Cola product, or do you think she’s referring to any beverage generically as “Coke”?  For some, a pop is a soda. For others, a soda is a pop.

Coke or Pepsi?: The Book That Started It All!
Coke or Pepsi? Amazingly awesome questions to ask your friends!

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What is the Made Up Words Project?


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Every family has their own words or phrases for real-life things.

It could be a nickname for underwear (“gotchies”), or something a bit more insider.  Nicknames for siblings due to a pronounciation problem.  Even descriptions of neighbors can be turned into verbs, as Web Watch told you many, many years ago when discussing SECRET FAMILY WORDS.

Made Up Words
Made-Up Words

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What’s the most misspelled word submitted in FCC indecency complaints?


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We’ve all seen stuff on TV that we felt was questionable at times.

Whether it be the infamous Wardrobe Malfunction at the Super Bowl to graphic news coverage, there have been times that TV producers have pushed the envelope more than they should in order to meet artistic goals (or to gain a little press for themselves).

No longer is after 10p considered safe harbor for language or nudity, as cable channels don’t have to adhere to the same FCC regulations that broadcasters have to contend with.  So the broadcasters are forced to make programming decisions that reflect today’s society.

But just because they CAN make these choices, doesn’t mean they SHOULD make these choices.

Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication
Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication

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How to win Buzzword Bingo


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You’ve been in those boring business meetings, where the entire office gathers because they’re told to… only to do everything you can to keep from falling asleep because the people making the presentation have absolutely no idea how to make a presentation, let alone make one that’s interesting.

Let’s face it, not everyone is skilled at talking in front of other people.  And even fewer are able to get their points across if they can’t read their Powerpoint presentation verbatim, slide by boring slide.

The Buzzword Bingo Book: The Complete, Definitive Guide to the Underground Workplace Game of Doublespeak
The Buzzword Bingo Book: The Complete, Definitive Guide to the Underground Workplace Game of Doublespeak

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FAIL tops the list of Top Words for 2013 (whoops – it’s really “404”)


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Language is a funny thing.

Have you ever wondered how some terms become so well known, so indoctrinated, that you could travel around the world and hear the same words and phrases and know exactly what they mean?  Who knew that cab drivers everywhere would know what “fast, fast” means?

Words on a Shirt
Words on a Shirt

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You have better odds of winning the lottery than you do in winning Scrabble


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If you’ve ever played a game of Scrabble, you probably fall into one of two categories of players:  those that can always figure out a way to play a seven-letter word on a Triple Word Score (and typically win a game by more than 200 points), or you struggle determining where to place an “E” for a 2 point score.

If you fall into the latter group: don’t panic – you’re not alone.  Not everybody can memorize word lists and play any Scrabble word at will.

Scrabble Letter Tiles
Scrabble Letter Tiles

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Take the quiz: what’s YOUR accent?


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Web Watch has shared with you previously an in-depth analysis of AMERICAN ACCENTS.

But one question that Web Watch receives on occasion is how to apply that information to your every day life.  Thanksfully, we’re here to help you with that.

Accents: A Manual for ActorsAccents: A Manual for Actors

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How many languages can you name?


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Like you, Web Watch has taken many many years of foreign language classes in school.

Sadly, after five years of Spanish and three years of French, we still can’t read a menu in those fancy restaurants.  Web Watch is not a good example of how to succeed in foreign language studies.

But perhaps you have a better ear for language than we do.

Berlitz Italian Premier
Berlitz Italian Premier

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What your cat’s meow means


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Do you know what your cat wants?

Yes, every cat basically wants to be left alone – we’re only there to provide food, water, and occasionally clean their litter box.  We are there to cater to a cat’s needs.

But once in a while, a cat will deem it necessary to communicate with their human caretaker.

Cat Butt Magnets
Cat Butt Magnets

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11 More Words that should be Banned from Use


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Previously, Web Watch has shared with our readers WORDS THAT SHOULD NEVER BE USED EVER AGAIN, such as “literally” and “man cave”.

Would you believe that there are even more words that people would never, ever want to hear ever again?

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Words banned for use in 2013 and beyond


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Web Watch has pleaded with our readers in the past to STOP USING WORDS LIKE VAJAZZLE and MAN CAVE, and we’ve told you about WORDS I LOVE, WORDS I HATE.

And apparently, Web Watch’s crusade to clean up everyone’s daily language is reaching new ears every day, and others are beginning to pick up the gauntlet in our favor.

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