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

Yeah it's no insult. - Bammer73

I should stop saying this word when referring to cringeworthy stuff. - DrayTopTens

Went from a disease to just a synonym for overrated (which itself is frequently treated as a synonym for bad). - KalloFox34

It’s the name for a disease as well as a zodiac sign, not something you use to describe things that are terrible. - JoeBoi

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. - Randomator

People say this word when they are run out of ideas and have to think, but at the same time find silence shameful - Alkadikce

Jacksfilms likes making fun of this word... Literally

3 Like

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

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

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

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

4 Gay

I disagree with whatever. Does that make me gay? - Bammer73

Imagine calling something you hate gay. - Userguy44

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

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

5 Random

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

6 Dumb
7 Autistic

The misuse makes me hate the fact I have this... - Bammer73

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

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

8 Ignorant

Ignorant = not know or know little
Ignorant =/= ignore - Bammer73

9 Cringe

Annoyingly Overused But Meh - JPK

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

10 Empathy

This is probably the most important skill to have in life in general. - keycha1n

Sometimes I get it confused with sympathy. - MeaganSaysHI

The Contenders

11 Overrated

TheTopTens community in a nutshell. - Userguy44

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. - JoeBoi

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. - KalloFox34

Overrated does not mean bad - DrayTopTens

12 Your

Example: Your so cool. - DrayTopTens

13 Racist
14 Inflammable

Ignore that comment v

15 Slut
16 Hate
17 Communist

The word is often slung around by hardcore right-wing nutcases to insult us liberals. - KalloFox34

18 Kinda
19 Fascist

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

20 Humility
21 F****t
22 Mean
23 Punk
24 Weeaboo

It just turned into an insult directed at anyone who enjoys anything Japanese. - KalloFox34

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 =/

25 Whore

'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

This is done for $$$ not just pleasure

26 Iconic

This means stands out as an icon, not great. - Bammer73

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?

27 Free
28 Yaoi

It's a genre of anime/manga people it has nothing/little to to with shipping

29 Brave

Yeah, coming out isn't brave. I'd imagine brave as a kid walking into his burning home to save his grandpa.

I feel like people think it means you have no fears... ya'll need no watch the lion king again.Brave means you face YOUR FEARS. aka luigi. Coauage the cowardly dog. They face their fears, even though they are pretty cowardly.

30 Woke
31 Nazi
32 Socialist
33 Normie
34 Senpai

Boy, this is a double whammy, but for anyone wanting to learn Japanese or is learning Japanese, here's a hot take.
While both senpai/sempai are correct, the word doesn't mean "master" or "upper-class person". It actually means "mentor" or "senior". - Swellow

35 Drugs
36 Ironic
37 Liberal

A liberal is a left wing libertarian. - JoeBoi

Cons tend to use it as an insult directed towards those who disagree with them. - KalloFox34

38 Challenge
39 Tragic
40 Boomer

Apparently you're a baby boomer if you don't have another's opinion. Wow. - Bammer73

A boomer is someone born during the Baby Boom, not someone who’s older than you and disagrees with you.

41 Millennial
42 Simp
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