There are certain things that we won’t miss about 2012 — for one, much of the new “political jargon” that emerged. From buzzwords like “dark money” and “Nate Silver,” to detestable terms like “debt ceiling” and the dreaded “fiscal cliff,” it’s been quite the year for wordsmiths across the political realm.
Fiscal cliff… it might just be the worst of the worst, but then again, it might just be the most recent obnoxious term to make it’s way into the political lexicon. Personally, I’m about ready to throw the term “fiscal cliff” off a real cliff, whether or not Congress reaches an agreement tonight.
Luckily, the term’s already been banned. Or at least it made Lake Superior State University’s 2013 List of Banned Words! Along with choice “abbrevs” and nouns like YOLO, Superfood, and guru, several political terms made the list — along with some choice commentary from readers like you. He’res some of the choice snark:
“Continually referred to as ‘the so-called fiscal cliff,’ followed by a definition. How many times do we need to hear ‘fiscal cliff,’ let alone its definition? Please let this phrase fall off of a real cliff!” Randal Baker, Seabeck, Wash.
“Fiscal cliff, fiscal update, fiscal austerity…whatever happened to ‘economic’ updates? Fiscal has to go.” Dawn Farrell-Taylor, Ont.
“Makes me want to throw someone over a real cliff,” Donna, Johnstown, NY
Kick The Can Down The Road
“Usually used in politics, this typically means that someone or some group is neglecting its responsibilities. This was seized upon during the current administration and is used as a cliché by all parties…Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, Tories, Whigs, Socialists, Communists, Fashionistas…” Mike Cloran, Cincinnati, Ohio
“I’m surprised it wasn’t on your 2012 list — were you just kicking the, um, phrase down the road to 2013?” T. Jones, Ann Arbor, Mich.
“I can’t turn on the TV any more without being informed that can-kicking has occurred. What’s wrong with the word ‘postpone’?” Kathryn, West Chester, Ohio
“It implies supernatural powers — such as the ability to change the weather or levitate. Most new jobs pay less than the lost jobs to ensure stratospheric CEO compensation and nice returns on investments. I respectfully propose a replacement term that is more accurate — job depleters.” Mark Dobias, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
“Since jobs are only created by demand, consumers are the real job creators.” Scott Biggerstaff, Redlands, Calif.
“If these guys are capitalists, as claimed, they are focused on reducing expenses and maximizing profit. Jobs are a large part of expenses. So, if anything at all, they minimize employment to maximize profits. Up is down, black is white. Job creators are really employment minimizers.” Bob Fandrich, Fredericksburg, Va.
“This blackjack term is now used as a verb in place of ‘repeat’ or ‘reaffirm’ or ‘reiterate.’ Yet, it adds nothing. It’s not even colorful. Hit me!” Allan Ryan, Boston, Mass.
“Better nip this in the bud – it’s already morphed into ‘quadruple down.’” Marc Ponto, Milwaukee, Wisc.