There are some words and clichés, moving forward, that should be banished from the earth. Just sayin’. Without further ado, I’m going to mention some of them.
That was three right there. Do you agree? And if you just said, ‘Absolutely!’, then that’s four.
It would be awesome (#5) if we all just dropped these from our vocabularies for ever, right? (#6). Totes (#7).
Words in vogue get overused. Sometimes they’re misused and often they are generally useless.
One of these is ‘journey’. A journey is a physical act of travelling from one place to another, so it’s easy to understand how a journey was once a trip by horse and cart to get water, but it now describes a profound transformation. There are spiritual and personal journeys to a more enlightened state of mind, and life-changing journeys like massive weight loss or overcoming serious illness.
I get that. I’ve set out on journeys, completed journeys, and definitely liked a quote about journeys. It’s a well-used word; it’s when it’s misused that it ruins it for everyone.
Magazines and television shows (especially reality ones) are full of reflective stories that shouldn’t be called journeys. Libby Trickett’s experience on Dancing With the Stars was not a journey.
‘Write about a journey in your life’ is today’s prompt in Clairey Hewitt‘s I’m Blogging Every Day in May! And it’s okay that I just said all that, because Claire hates the word ‘journey’ too.