Every year, Lake Superior State University releases a list of words to be removed from the Queen’s English due to mis- or over-use, or general uselessness. I submit that certain phrases and expressions should be retired for the same reasons.
Comparing anything to the Holocaust: Mild inconveniences are not the same as being sent to slave and death camps! Even injustices applied to groups of people are not. The holocaust was the Holocaust. That’s what makes it so bad. If everything was that bad, it wouldn’t be remarkable. Also included is comparing things/people to Nazis or Hitler.
‘-gate’: I wish to god that that incident had taken place at any other hotel so people would stop with the ‘-gate’ thing. GamerGate. DeflateGate. FIND SOMETHING NEW.
Just the Worst: As with Holocaust comparisons above, no, it probably is not. I certainly understand and appreciate hyperbole, but when you can seven different things per day “Just the Worst” the impact is somewhat lessened.
Clickbait: No, not the term Clickbait. Clickbait itself. Any headline that says “you won’t believe” or tells me I “Need to” do anything. No. Stop. All you’re doing is advertising how valueless your article actually is.
WTAF: WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?
What other phrases and expressions need to go?