The Epic A to Z Guide of Expressions That Should Be Retired From the Internet (and IRL)

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Oh. Hi.
There are times in the great big blogoverse in which we are faced with the fact that certain things we have been doing are somewhat or hugely annoying. Upon that discovery, we generally continue to do those things, but with a nagging feeling of guilt and self-doubt that only continues to grow in intensity until we can't stand it any longer and throw up our hands and shout, "Make it stop!" And then, we blame everyone else, because they made us do it.

In a similar vein, and because it's Monday, here is a hand-crafted artisanal guide of commonly used words and phrases that we can take no longer, whether online or outside the confines of an internet connection. Mostly we hate them because they are overused, lazy, cliched, boring, deplorably cutesy, or could be better put another way. Other times we hate them because, well, frankly, haters gonna hate. Read on, after the jump.

Numbers and symbols
@
<3, or, as we call it at VV HQ: "less than three"
# (jokey use of hashtags)
!!!, !!!!, !!!!!
:), ;), :(, :P

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A
adksjlfsjflka;djkfl;a (and any variation of such)
Always Be _____ ; AB_
amazeballs
artisanal
awesomesauce

B
bandwidth
bloggerati
blowcaine
breaking!
bucket list

C
chillaxin'
cougar
CrackBerry
crowdsourcing, as in "We crowdsourced this listicle."
curated "We curated it, too!"

D
D-bag
dayum
"Dear _________ please stop __________ sincerely _______"
d00dz (what the fuck is this, even? Oh.)

E
e-____ (e-anything as a cutesy way of saying it is online is simply horrid. Horrid.)
epic

F
fail
fail, epic; a/k/a EPIC FAIL
fail whale
FTW
fuck you, you fuckin' fuck
FWIW

G
gasm
"go viral" (yuck)
guru

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H
hate
hate follow
haterade
haters gonna hate
hipster
hive mind
humble brag (Fact: the humble brag simply functions as a braggier, inside-baseball version of the traditional brag. Avoid it at all costs.)


I
I can haz _____
IDK
I haz a ____
inside baseball
Internets, the
Internetz, the
IRL

J
jam, as in "this is my jam"

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K
kewl
killing it

L
le sigh
listicle
LMFAO
LOL
LOLOL
LOLOLOLLLLL
LULZ


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