Lake Superior State University in Michigan recently put out its annual list of the year’s most overused words and phrases, from “blowback” to “baby bump” to “thank you in advance.” The school solicits submissions from all over the world, which means this is the language your coworkers are really, really sick of hearing. Using trendy clichés projects youth and shallow thinking. (Careful with your body language, too!) Don’t be the annoying one at the water cooler this year. Check out the list and strike these 10 phrases from your vocabulary this year. Otherwise, beware the blowback.
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