TIME magazine has made a list of words that annoyed us all in 2014

And one of them is the 'F' word. No, not food

By Nalisa Alia Amin | Published: 13 Nov 2014

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[Updated 18 November 2014] TIME has apologised for including the word 'feminist' in their poll of words to be banned. TIME editor Nancy Gibbs has added an Editor's note atop the original article, explaining that their intention for creating the list was to invite "debate about some ways the word was used this year." She expressed regret that the inclusion of the word has instead, "become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice" that feminism embodies. Good to know, Nancy.


You know how sometimes a word gets famous and then becomes so overused that when you hear it you actually flinch? We guess the people at TIME are feeling that way about a lot of words right now.

TIME has just opened its fourth annual word banishment poll and is asking readers to send one word on the list out of existence. So what words do the language fascists hate this year?

Bae: An overused term of endearment that is an acronym of 'before anyone else'. It's so overused in fact that a manager in Chic-A-Fil banned it. Looks like someone don't have a bae.

Basic: A mean word used to look down on normal, predictable females with mainstream tastes.

Bossy: A woman leaning in on everything.

Disrupt: A Silicon Valley favourite that has been butchered beyond meaning.

I can't even: Finish a sentence. Like, we can't.

Influencer: Pretentious corporate jargon.

Kale: Every health-obsessed, clean eating enthusiast's favourite veggie. Not saying we're hating on kale, but there are other vegetables. Just sayin'.

Literally: Instead of saying "I would figuratively eat a horse right now", they'd much prefer doing it literally. Because. People.

Om nom nom nom: A cute sound effect of how we think we sound when we eat our brunch.

Obvi: Smartphones are getting smarter and we're getting lazier. We won't just not type the full word 'obviously', now we won't even speak it.

Said no one ever: The catch phrase of Twitter comedians who aren't funny.

Sorry not sorry: If one is not sorry then why say sorry? #logic

Turnt: When you're having so much fun and getting loose that you cannot be turned down. #TurnDown4What

Yassssssss: A melodramatic way of saying 'Yes'. Mostly used to support someone. For example, "Yasssss Lady Gaga! You work that dress, girl!"
And lastly, TIME has also made a more controversial suggestion: to ban the word 'feminist'. Say what now?

We get it, the 'F' word has been thrown back and forth a lot this year, but to actually suggest banning it? 
TIME writer Katy Steinmetz explains why you might: "You have nothing against feminism itself, but when did it become a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party? Let's stick to the issues and quit throwing this label around like ticker tape at a Susan B. Anthony parade."

Ma'am, stop. That is not how it works. We need that word to live. Without that word we, women, wouldn't be where we are today. It's like banning the words 'democracy' or 'racism', because we notice those were thrown around a lot this year too.

Whatever, this list is basic. *eats kale* #omnomnomnom #yasssss #sorrynotsorry


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