Whereas the beginning of a New Year is the traditional time for Americans to elect to pursue goals and objectives in order to improve their lives and the lives of others; and
Whereas speakers of American English routinely abuse, misuse, overuse, and exhaust words by excessively employing trendy usages and clichés in misguided attempts to sound fashionable and knowledgeable; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that in the New Year of 2021 and forever after, speakers of American English will eliminate these tired, hackneyed, banal, threadbare, and altogether stupid word usages from their vocabularies:
· source, when used as a verb (rather than its proper function as a noun) to indicate the location and acquisition of products or services or ingredients.
· pivot, unless specifically referring to rotation around a fixed point (and not in reference to any and every change or adjustment).
· curate, when used outside its common meaning pertaining to museums and exhibits (more precise but less trendy words such as choose or select are preferable for other uses).
· unpack, when referring to discussion or explanation of a complicated subject (rather than when removing items from a crate, suitcase, or other container).
· surge, to describe any increase of any size (rather than the intended meaning to indicate a rise or movement of remarkable strength or speed or force).