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The most overused words and phrases of 2015

The most overused words this year included Internet slang, pet names and even an emoji

Written by
Nick Kotecki

The year's end is a time when the editors at Time Out Chicago reflect on (and judge) the best and worst writing of the year. While we relish our own favorite articles here at Time Out, we also found time to share our favorite books of 2015.

Then there's the Internet. The infinite streams of phrases in chat windows, tweets and status updates are littered with more words than we could possibly read in many, many lifetimes. It's here that language gets its most creative... and hopelessly trite. Memes may grow tired in hours, but words and phrases tend to stick around. As the calendar year comes to a close, we've assembled a list of new additions to the popular lexicon that we could do without. Let's just hope that those that made last year's round up have met their timely end.

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Netflix and chill was officially sent to its well-worn grave when Ariana Grande announced her "Christmas and Chill" tour.

Before you call your lover bae, just know it means "poop" in Danish.

We're glad "on fleek" is on the way out, but in case you didn't know, it originated in Chicago.

One grammatically correct emotion at a time, please.

It's an oldie, but we couldn't help but shake our heads as it became a new form of punctuation.

The best thing about the word "fuck" is actually saying it. That makes "af" the dry hump of profanities.

You can't even finish your sentence.

This just makes us hungry.

We are thirsty for this trend to end.

Where do we sign up?

This has got me, like, so annoyed.

No, no. That laughter means you're quite alive.

Can we crowdsource the extinction of "crowdsource" as a word in the English language?

"Disrupt" is a nice way of saying that you are trying to leave an entire industry of workers without a job.
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