Top Ten Most Misused Words

You keep using that word... I don't think it means what you think it means.
The Top Ten
1 Cancer

The internet has gone downhill because of morons using diseases for things they hate or description of what they think is awful.

Went from a disease to just a synonym for overrated (which itself is frequently treated as a synonym for bad).

Cancer is a serious disease people are suffering from. Not a way to describe anything you hate.

It's a serious disease NOT a way to describe something

2 Literally

It's a pet peeve of mine when people do this :
Literally is literally way overused to the point where it literally isn't even funny anymore. I get people literally use it to emphasize something but can you literally stop using the word literally? It's literally annoying.Litterally.

Jacksfilms likes making fun of this word... Literally

“My head is literally falling off of laughter!”

3 Like

I might use it every now and then but not too much because that gets like annoying

Like is when you say you enjoy something, not to fill in any thought

I hate when people overuse the word like. It's like so annoying.

Like, I was like, this word like, drives me mad.

4 Random

Random means an unbiased and undecided selection out of a few choices. It does NOT mean weird.

It does mean strange and unusual, but it’s informal.

5 Gay

Gay used to mean happy. Not homosexual. Then the word became another word for a homosexual. And now it's just an insult.

Gay is often used to insult someone too in the way its supposed to be used as well. I think that's the real crime.

Gay is when you are attracted to the same gender. Not everything on God's green earth you don't like.

I disagree with whatever. Does that make me gay?

6 Autistic

Why is it all the way in the bottom, this deserves to #1 or at least #2 since cancer is there

The misuse makes me hate the fact I have this...

They use this as an insult! This should be #1

7 Dumb
8 Ignorant

Ignorant = not know or know little
Ignorant =/= ignore

9 Cringe

Assumed definition: A noun to describe something bad
Actual definition: A verb that describes when you look away in disgust

Annoyingly Overused But Meh

10 Overrated

This is the most misused word on this site as several people think everything overrated is automatically bad. It has been misused since I have joined this site. Sad people can’t see the difference between overrated and bad

In my opinion, The Beatles and Queen are overrated, but I still love both bands. Justin Bieber can’t possibly be overrated because literally everyone despises him. He’s underrated.

Overrated means popular, not bad. I hate it when people misuse the word. Instead, use either the words bad or terrible to describe something bad.

On the list of overrated cartoons, a visitor said that Breadwinners is "even more overrated than Sanjay and Craig". Breadwinners sucks, yes, but it barely has any sort of fanbase.

The Contenders
11 Empathy

ALWAYS to get empathy and sympathy confused. Empathy I think is the one where you understand someone else.

This is probably the most important skill to have in life in general.

Sometimes I get it confused with sympathy.

12 Your

Example: Your so cool.

13 Inflammable
14 Slut
15 Racist
16 Hate

How is this word misused?

17 Communist

The word is often slung around by hardcore right-wing nutcases to insult us liberals.

18 Kinda
19 Fascist

To be honest I don’t think anyone knows what a fascist is.

20 Humility
21 Weeaboo

It just turned into an insult directed at anyone who enjoys anything Japanese.

Idiots, you DON'T want to call/refer yourself as a 'weeaboo'. Just say '______ fan' because that's not what Weeaboo means. You're really just insulting yourself otherwise =/

22 Whore

This is done for $$$ not just pleasure

'i h8 Dawn because she is a whore!'

Pokemon is a CHILDREN'S show. Even in Japan, I'm pretty sure they won't have a child (TEN YR OLD) prostitute in it

23 Iconic

The way I've seen it, people use this word to just say "I love this thing! "
It's a complete misuse! If something's iconic, they stand for or represent a general idea. What is it about some obscure artist or likable person on social media that makes them an icon?

This means stands out as an icon, not great.

24 Ironic

Ironic means contrary, not hilarious or weird.

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