Petition to Remove Words

Every so often, I’m reminded of the Notice of Revocation of Independence that goes around the net and often attributed to John Cleese, yet not written by him. Overall hilarious, quotes like…

There is no such thing as “US English”. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter ‘u’ and the elimination of -ize.

…do remind me of the fact that we Americans have beat the hell out of an otherwise lovely bastardization of French and German. I have yet to see anyone else combine anything from these countries with better results; the best result to date being crêpe-worst.
And upon reading some gossipy garbage that I should otherwise avoid, I came across…

“…to the saucy performance at exclusive New York hot spot…”

…and realized that there are two words we need to stop using: “exclusive” and “hot”. We can thank Paris Hilton for “hot” becoming an adjective of mass abuse. “Exclusive” just seems to have tagged along for the ride as they have both gotten extremely popular in common vernacular at the same time.
Perhaps we could expand our vocabularies again and use “exciting”, “interesting”, “riveting”, “engaged”, or “popular” to replace “hot” which at its poor three-letter core originally was a word to describe the temperature of something. And “exclusive” could be replaced with “singular”, “elite”, “restricted”, or “non-inclusive” every once in awhile to liven things up.
Petition to Remove Words

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