"icon" and "iconic." An anchor woman on a local television station breathlessly promoting "Fuller House," the Netflix sequel to the late 1980s sitcom "Full House," invoked the word "iconic" to describe the original series.
Iconic? I wouldn't know. I never watched the show. I had a life back in the '80s. But something tells me that it was just another insipid sitcom.
Matters really hit home when I was watching Tuesday's episode of "Live with Kelly and Michael" (a terrific show I would never miss) and guest Carly Rae Jepson discussed her role in Fox's upcoming "Grease: Live," in which she plays Frenchy, a part originated in the 1978 film by Didi Conn.
In describing the role of Frenchy (and her meeting with Conn), Jepson invoked the word ... "iconic." OK, that's it. Enough's enough.
I'm old enough to remember when "iconic" was reserved for a play by Shakespeare (not "Full House") and for characters like Blanche DuBois and Sugar Kowalcyzk (not Frenchy from a tacky movie musical like "Grease").
"Icon" and "iconic" are the new go-to words favored by talk-show hosts (both late-night and daytime) to introduce guests or describe the characters that those guests played/play in some disposable movie.
Frankly, I've grown weary of those two words, as well as several others being abused by talk-show hosts and social media. What follows is a random list of annoying words and expressions that I think should be banned. Feel free to disagree - or add to the list. Here goes:
Trendy show-biz expressions that annoy me: "Showrunner," "Tentpole" and "Residency," a word reserved for overpaid divas who set up shop for a few months in Las Vegas. And don't even ask me what "tentpole" means.
Trendy male-oriented expressions that annoy me: "Bromance," "Manscape," "Man Cave," "Dad Bod" and "Junk." (Why would any guy, except a self-loathing one, describe his penis and testicles as "Junk"?)
Trendy social media expressions that annoy me: "Selfie," "Gone Viral" and "#hashtag."
"Baby Bump," the gratingly adorable word adopted by people who are phobic about using the word "pregnant."
"Family Friendly," a reason to avoid a movie or TV show.
"Going Commando," used to describe the dubious tend of eschewing underwear.
"Politicize," a word randomly tossed out by politicians against other politicians who have successfully used a cause to their advantage.
"Haters," used to describe anyone who confronts, challenges, questions or dares to criticize a public person.
"Shaming," used to describe those people who have been ridiculed for their weight, hair, tattoos, piercings, face or utter stupidity.
"Artisanal," favored by foodies, restaurant critics and food-show hosts to describe anything made by hand in a kitchen. Formerly "home made."
"Journey," used by celebrities and victims alike to describe their lives.
"Empower," "Empowered" and "Empowerment." Popularized by self-deluded actresses when they agree to appear nude in a film or need an excuse for doing a graphic sex scene, whether it's gratuitous or not.
"Brand," the new word for "identity." It could refer to a single person's "brand" (any Kardashian, for example) or a TV station's "brand" (HBO and the aforementioned Netflix come to mind immediately for some reason).
Any others? Share!