Words that Need to Die in 2008

First of all, Happy New Year everyone. Now that we’re into 2008 and folks are heading back to work, I sincerely hope you are settling back in. I still have a long way to go, even though I’ve eliminated over 1000 unread emails and have about 450 to go. I figured it was time for a break to write this entry.

Lake Superior State University came out with their annual list of Words to be Banished from 2007. It’s always fun to read these and cringe when you see words that I use. Words and phrases like “organic” or “[blank] is the new [blank]” (I wrote two posts of the latter variety last year – i is the New e and g is the New i. Guilty as charged.

I’ll follow suit and list some of my own choices for words or phrases to be banned. Note that some of these can be found EASILY at the Web 2.0 Bullshittr.

  • Hyperlocal: the idea that a site or service focuses on geographically local results or interests.
  • Verticals: businesses describe verticals as tightly focused markets that show potential for growth.
  • Conversation: Loren Feldman said it best.
  • Ecosystem: a word that I admittedly use a lot. Ecosystem describes the way blogs, social networks and communities evolve together. An unbalanced ecosystem is one where something comes in and destroys the status quo that we all are comfortable with
  • Evolve: I used it above. Point made.
  • Widgets: Does anyone really understand what a widget is anymore? A widget is not a “thingy” as it has become understood. A widget is not any sidebar module. A widget is not a LinkedIn badge. A widget is a piece of third party, or more accurately external, code that displays interactive information. Or take Red Hat’s definition if you don’t believe me.
  • Social Graph: Stop, stop, STOP!

What are your nominations for words of 2007 to be banned?

Aaron Brazell

Aaron Brazell is a Baltimore, MD-based WordPress developer, a co-founder at WP Engine, WordPress core contributor and author. He wrote the book WordPress Bible and has been publishing on the web since 2000. You can follow him on Twitter, on his personal blog and view his photography at The Aperture Filter.

13 thoughts on “Words that Need to Die in 2008

  1. I nominate the word “collaberate”. sounds like something soured! been my experience that when someone wants to “collaberate” with me, it means I do the work and they take the credit!

  2. Please God, kill Enterprise 2.0. The enterprise hasn’t changed. We have just made it more fun to create cooler versions of the same application on the web.

  3. Well how about something besides words which should disappear?

    .NET and Ruby on Rails should be banished. Too many kids think they can program and all they turn out is a bunch of non-scalable crap – a flash in the pan, then long forgotten.

  4. @Brett Engage is a GREAT one. :)

    @Alex, while you aren’t likely to get an argument out of me, thats not really a word or phrase. If we wanted to just name things that should be banned in 2008, I can add US politics to the list. ;)

  5. i was hoping someone would just say STOP regarding zuck’s “social graph.” listen, i love the guy (maybe way too much at times) but the terma has “evolved” into semantics…hehe :)

    kudos to you aaron.

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