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(via – – The end of another year is nigh, and it was a great one. As with any year of late, Hip-Hop puts its proverbial stamp on the language with phrases that, with time, become overused and cliched. Check out the “Top 5 Over-Used Phrases to Leave in 2012″:


The Urban Dictionary does not take it easy on “Ratchet Girls” defining them as: “A diva, mostly from urban cities and ghettos, that has reason to believe she is every man’s eye candy. Unfortunately, she’s wrong.” Ouch. Through (over) use this year, “ratchet” began to describe anything that used to be called “ghetto.” Trashy weave? Ratchet. Still own a BlackBerry? Ratchet. Big Drake or Chief Keef fan? Ratchet.

Ratchet got a big shout-out on the summer hit, “Bands A Make Her Dance”, when Juicy J., pointed out that ratchet girls did possess one thing that he just couldn’t resist. So, where did the word start? We aren’t sure…possibly in Chicago. But this video, “Ratchet Girl Anthem” from Emmanuel and Phillip Hudson, definitely helped speed it’s popularity along. Here’s hoping “ratchet” and “ratchetness,” the phrases and the behavior remain in 2012.

2. “YOLO”

What started out as part of the hook for the song, “The Motto”, quickly turned into a hashtag overkill to explain away all kinds of reckless behavior. In April, The Washington Post declared YOLO, “The Acronym You’ll Love to Hate.”

In the article, Robyn Dexter, campus editor of the Eastern Illinois University’s newspaper, Daily Eastern News stated, “When I see “YOLO” in a tweet, I know instantly that something unintelligent and cocky is going to follow,” she wrote. “There’s nothing wrong with taking risks in life and trying new things. I’m totally for that. But there’s a fine line between living your life to the fullest and making spur-of-the-moment, completely irrational decisions.” We agree. You may only live once, but if you live recklessly, you may not live long.


3. “IT’S A MOVIE.”

Ugh… this one isn’t even fun. We’re not sure of the exact origin of this cliche, but it definitely got old quick. “It’s a Movie,” because a popular saying among artists and promoters to imply that their event, album, song, was so awesome that it was like a film. This was a lame cliche, and we hope it dies a quick movie death.

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