In a study paid for by, Americans revealed their least-favorite slang terms

By Nate Jones
Updated July 04, 2014 05:15 PM
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In times of great distress, it’s common for societies to place blame for all their troubles on a group of outsiders. It happened to all sorts of different people through history: members of different ethnicities, followers of minority religions and even those who happen to speak a different language.

Now, it’s happening to celebrities.

A new study from coupon website reveals that Americans are overwhelmingly sick of hearing buzzwords like “YOLO,” “selfie” and “twerking,” and they know exactly who to blame: famous people.

When asked where they most frequently encountered their aural bugaboos, study respondents were not hesitant to point their fingers towards brunch spots in Beverly Hills, the Lower East Side and Aspen; a whopping 57 percent said they blamed popular musicians and other celebrities for infecting their ear canals with such nonsense.

It’s easy to see why celebrities came in for such ridicule. The first ("YOLO") and third ("twerking") most annoying words are each associated with a specific A-List pop star, Drake and Miley Cyrus, respectively.

Meanwhile, the second-most-hated slang term, "selfie," doesn’t belong to a single celebrity, but instead seems to belong to all celebrities.

Now that we as a society have pinpointed the blame for our least-favorite words, it would make sense for us to stop using them, and thus let “YOLO” and “selfie” descend slowly into the same lexicographical death that awaited “groovy” and “bodacious.” But no – a full two-thirds of respondents admitted to using the terms themselves, 48 percent occasionally and 19 percent regularly. Perhaps we should look beyond Hollywood when appropriating blame on this matter.

As Shakespeare said, the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves.

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