Words to get rid of?

ImagesOver dinner with friends this past weekend we ended the meal discussing words ( and concepts ) to get rid of from 2012.  The list was not long although I am still thinking of other words to be on that list. 

Here it is:  Farm to Table, Artisanal, Collaborative, Bi-Partisan, Disruptive, Innovation, Flood. 

In keeping with the theme, I was thinking about what concepts I want to hear more about in 2013.

Here is my one simple thought for 2013.  Back to basics.  I want to see that in food, in how businesses are run, how are lives are led and how we think about everything. 

Comments from the crowd??

Comments (Archived):

  1. hmmm

    word crowd is a little derogatory.i dont appreciate you using it to describe your readers

    1. Gotham Gal

      it is not to describe my readers whatsoever. it is just some thoughts on the year and moving forward.

      1. Christine

        I thought it was used in a friendly way, like “gang” or “you guys”. Best to hear what people mean not just literally what they say.

    2. TanyaMonteiro

      gosh, i am proud and happy to be a crowd member of this blog so Im curious why crowd is derogatory to you?

  2. awaldstein

    Can’t join you on artisanal (you spelled it Artisinal BTW).I struggle with this in wine writing around ‘natural’ all the time.I’m not comfortable with any of certs like ‘organic’ as many that I support and buy from are not certified, food and more complex in wine.Can’t abandon this one till I have something better as the idea still holds great value to me.

  3. Liz Rueven

    I agree that some of these words are worn out and over used. The problem is finding replacements!

    1. Gotham Gal

      Exactly. Well said

  4. TanyaMonteiro

    my words continue surviving or thriving?

    1. Gotham Gal

      I love thriving

  5. JLM

    .Robust, balanced approach, crowd -Kill them all. .

    1. Gotham Gal

      Crowd. Absolutely

  6. JLM

    .Ice pick in the ear — relationships.

  7. Kirsten Lambertsen

    I would be glad to see “disruptive” go.

  8. Carrie

    Clean Healthy eating….for sure! Please tell your restaurant friends to open an establishment sans Pig, Red Meat, Sugar, and Gluten…a nice Gourmet, Green, and Clean one would be a a welcome treat! With fresh Fruit and and Veggie juices to boot:)

    1. ShanaC

      try dirt candy?

  9. bsoist

    This isn’t a 2012 word, perhaps, but my son has been fuming over a word he never wants to hear again. He’s a film student at Tisch with a minor at Stern and he tells us they keep throwing around “synergy.” According to him, they say it all the time, but noone can explain what it means. :)Your post and my son’s ranting both remind me of a great Dilbert I saw recently.

    1. bsoist

      probably obvious to anyone familiar with the schools, but the synergy only comes up in the Stern classes 🙂

  10. kirklove

    Reduce. Goes hand in hand with being happy with what ya got as adding typically just adds more stress.Edit: To clarify I’d like to see this word for 2013, not gotten rid of 😉

  11. Jeff T.

    Please kill “Pivot”. I hate this word, it is overused, and people more often than not use “pivot” to mask catastrophic failure.”We noticed our market wasn’t accepting the product so we pivoted”. No, you didn’t pivot. You failed, made changes, and re-launched as a new business. The only thing you did was keep your name (or maybe not even).I do hate this word.

  12. Christine

    Couldn’t agree more, back to basics. Let’s try to get the words right around the environment to avoid the greenwashing that happens to sell products. May we not hear the word “flood” for a very long time and hear “gun control” at every level of government.

  13. Carl Rahn Griffith

    + Happiness- Debt

  14. leeschneider

    voting to get rid of “curated.” seeing it in places that have no need to be curating anything.

  15. BillMcNeely

    I love words. I can listen to the British ( or is it English? there is a difference) all day on CSPAN during the PM question time or with their soldiers in the field. They are so concise with their language.That is it. That is the goal. Being concise.

  16. skysurfer172

    Can we get rid of the word congress, or an even better idea. . . . .

  17. takingpitches

    less “MVP and lean” as ideological truth;more boldness and persistence

  18. PhilipSugar

    “Best practice”. I know that’s two. I hate that phrase. Spewed by anyone that doesn’t have real data

  19. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Just thought of another one: epic.I don’t think I even need to explain why.