Look, I'm going to shoot myself in the foot with this post.
I've easily been defined as the person who says the word "dude" a lot. A good friend of mine made me a magnet with the word 'dude' in all caps. I use it indiscriminately too:
Look at that old dude over there. (Describing old dude.)
Dude, you gonna eat that? (To whoever leaves food on their plate.)
Dude, can you hurry up? (To my son.)
I think you need to pick up your socks, dude. (To my husband.)
Dude, are you serious? (Whenever my mom returns something we buy for her, and I relapse into English.)
It's terrible. So, I understand when people have their word that they use. Words and phrases also become trends, which can be good (heck, I'll jump on a good bandwagon), but they can be bad too. (Inserting asshole rant here.) For a long while, the phrase, "it makes me smile," was used a lot. Now, my head is lowered down and my right hand is raised because I am guilty of using this phrase. Apparently, I was smiling a whole lot during this time. I guess things like a flower bouquet, a pretty painting, a beautifully designed home, or a perfectly cooked chicken just made me smile.
I had to put an end to that.
The next one, (which I kinda don't get, and it is still happening), is the word "swoon." Apparently, it's such an impactful word, that people use it by itself as a complete sentence. Every time I see it, I imagine a scene from a Bronte sisters novel of women gettin' their swoon on. Just swooning all over the place, dropping like flies.
Now the new one I've been seeing recently is, "bespoke." It's a pretty word, right? And it sounds downright fancy. It's one of those words that you are just waiting to use, or when you look back on a past conversation and think, "man, I should've used that word!" Like a great comeback line that you thought of waaaaay later.
But friends, it's been seen around as a common word. Used and treated almost as frequently as "dude." Most recently, I saw it when describing a kitchen cabinet remodel in a very forced way. Then I got to thinking, will people start using it like:
Hey honey, about our kitchen cabinets-- what do you think about going bespoke?
You don't want a run-of-the-mill driveway, you gotta have a bespoke driveway.
How about some bespoke pizzas? There's a great place downtown.