Phrase retirement watch: pop

I see others have noticed this disturbing trend…

A “surge” of overused words and phrases formed a “perfect storm” of “post-9/11” cliches in 2007, according to a U.S. university’s annual list of words and phrases that deserve to be banned.

In the same vein, decorators offering to add “pop” with a touch of color need new words, the list-makers said.

This should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched HGTV in the past six months. The lady on Spice Up My Kitchen, in addition to being an uninspiring designer addicted to faux stone laminate and tin panel ceilings, uses the phrase at least three times every 22 minutes (I swear to FSM that if she hasn’t already said “grey would make that countertop really POP!” already, she’s planning to do so soon). The Color Correction lady uses the phrase nearly as much in between joker-esque self-hating failed-actress-yoga-n-anorexia colonics. It’s even crossed over to Designed to Sell as I’ve Lisa LaPorta utter the phrase at least once (say it with me: NOOooOoOoOooooOooo!). At least Candice Olsen and Sabrina Soto are still clean (and teh awesome).

Sure, there are other phrases in there (“webinar,” “organic”), but “pop” is my hobby horse and I’m gonna ride this sucker. See also: woot