Our changing taste for novel language
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1942nonoyesnonoyesyes
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enter your birth year
"I slept through the reveal.""Could you please xerox this?"
"The results will impact our decision."
"I'm trying to develop my skillset."
"My omelet morphed into a scramble."
"Did he medal?""I'm lowkey annoyed by her response"
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1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s2000s2010s
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1965yesnoyesnononoyes
Impact drives me crazy. The others are all dependent on the context. My omelet can morph in a casual conversation with a friend, but not in a course assignment.
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1951nonoyesnonoyesyes
None of these is that egregious. Also, context matters a lot.
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1953yesnonononoyesyes
Only H is very annoying
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1953yesnonoyesnonoyes
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1963nonononononoyes
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1992nonononononoyes
never really thought of that last one
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1975noyesnononoyesyes
H is very annoying... Way too casual.
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1955yesyesyesyesyesyesno
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1950nonononononono
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1960nonononononoyes
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1953nonononononoyes
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1946NoNoNoNoNoyesNo
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1955yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
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1989nonononononoyes
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1962nonononononoyes
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1966nonononononoyes
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1965yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
I find most of these very annoying
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1967noyesyesyesnonono
I have a teenage daughter who uses "lowkey" as an adverb all the time. I think it's adorable. My objections to "impact" and "skillset" are mostly about the ways that corporate-speak has infiltrated language: even worse is "deliverables."
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1979nononononoyesyes
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1977nonoyesyesnonoyes
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1983nonononononono
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1947nonoyesyesnonoyes
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1964nononoyesnoyesno
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1991nonononononono
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1954nononononoyesyes
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1942nononononoyes
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1938yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
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1949yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
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1971nonononoyesyesyes
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1982noyesnononoyesno
NB - I think dislike of xerox as a verb may be because I am not American (eastern side of the Atlantic)
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1986noyesnonononono
same as above, xerox may be a regionalistic issue
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1987nonoyesnonoyesyes
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1959nonoyesnonoyesyes
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1975nononononoyesno
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1958nonoyesnoyesnoyes
I said "yes" to "impact" but my feelings are mixed
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1959yesnoyesnononoyes
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1951yesnononoyesyesyes
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1955yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
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1962nonononononono
none really bother me, though I don't think I've ever uttered any of them
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1954nonononoyesnoyes
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1945noyesnonoyesno
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1950nonononononoyes
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1966yesYesNoNoNoYesNo
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1953nononononoyesno
I have mixed views on lowkey
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1943yesnonoyesnonoYES
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1959nononononoyesyes
less bothered by these than by business jargon; e.g. "running it up the flagpole"
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1966nonononononono
none bother me, but there's many I wouldn't use
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1963nonononononono
I have fewer issues with these than I do with corporate jargon (ie, "synergies" and "eco-system").
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1947nonononononoyes
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1937yesnoyesnononono
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1963nonononononono
I love language and am always eager to adopt new words and sayings
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1979nonoyesnononoyes
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1957nonononononoyes
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1952nonononononoyes
Not on the list but podium as a verb really annoys me
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1947nonononononoyes
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1967nonoyesnononono
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1991nonononononono
These are all fine, but "ask" as a noun irks me.
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1983noyesnoyesnoyesno
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1959nononononoyesyes
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1957nonononononoyes
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1965yesnonononoyesyes
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1957nonononononono
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1956yesyesyesyesyesyesyes
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1994yesyesyesyesyesnoyes
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1972yesnoyesnoyesyesyes
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1973nonoyesnononoyes
As others have said, context matters. I would not consider "lowkey" as an adverb to be appropriate in any formal setting, but as a casual term, it's okay. Maybe even cute. (I'd never heard of it before this.)
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1955nonononononoyes
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1984YesYesNoNoYesNoYes
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1959NoNoNoNoNoyes
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1955NoNoNoNoNoyesyes
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1964NoNoNoNoNoyesno
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1958NoNoNoNoNoyesyes
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1984NoNoNoNoNonono
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1955NoNoNoNoNonoyes
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1960NoNoNoNoNoyesyes
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1957NoNoNoNoNonono
No issues with any of them
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1966NoNoNoNoNonono
"skillset" drives me crazy because people are almost always just trying to use (utilize, if you will) a bigger word when a smaller one is just fine. How often do they really need the extra syllable to distinguish differnt meaning from skills?
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1954NoNoNoNoNoyes
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1981NoNoNoNoNonoyes
I'm annoyed by xerox mosty because it doesn't have the universality of other brand names that substitute for the general product (e.g., Kleenex). Also, I am far more bothered about using Google as a generic term for searching, when the intent is not to use Google (e.g., I'll google that on Bing)
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1993NoNoNoNoNonono
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1950NoNoNoNoNonosort of
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1972NoNoNoNoNonono
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1968NoNoNoNoNonoyes
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1959NoNoNoNoNonono
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1978NoNoNoNoNonono
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1971NoNoNoNoNonoyes
mixed on "reveal" , but probably only because of its association with reality tv
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1942NoNoNoNoNoNoYes
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1977NoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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1986NoNoNoNoNonoyes
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1969NoNoNoNoNonono
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1952NoNoNoNoNoyesno
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1945NoNoNoNoNonoyes
except for impact, which I totally detest, I am somewhat ambivalent about the other "no"s
, It matters whether it is in general conversation or a formal piece of writing or speach
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1956NoNoNoNoNonono
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1984NoNoNoNoNoyesno
Echoing others' comments, corporate jargon annoys me more than any of these, and I've never heard anyone use "medal" as a noun in real life.
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1956NoNoNoNoNonoyes
My responses are about hearing someone say these words.  I would change "skillset" to a yes if it were in anything but very informal writing.
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1959NoNoNoNoNonono
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