12 Most Trendy Clichés on Social Media


12 Most Trendy Clichés on Social Media

12 Most Trendy Clichés on Social Media

On any given day in the world of social media, you will see at least one (if not several!) of these beyond-overused clichés.

Funny thing is, everytime I see one, I can’t help thinking there’s a person on the other side — smirking, totally self-enamored with their clever wit — even though we’ve seen each and every one of these catchphrases at least a GAZZILLION TIMES BEFORE! All in the good fun of Facebook, right?

And let’s face it, we all do it.

Anyway, here are 12 of these “oh so clever” turns of phrase:

1. “Well played, well played”

Usually said when enthused about something someone or some company did that you wished you had done yourself.

2. “I’m just going to leave this here”

Dropping a bomb and walking away, hoping there will be lots of engagement while you’re gone — until you come sweeping back in to sum it all up.

3. “…said nobody ever”

A popular meme also used sarcastically in conversation when quoting some silly or paradoxical thought, and then turning the tables on it with this clever quip. Said nobody ever.

4. “Drops mic, walks away”

After saying something so earth-shattering that it impresses no one more than yourself. Funny and clever the first ten times you see it — after that? Not so much.

5. “’Nuff said”

Like number two, but more abrupt. That killer quote or visual you posted says it all — and you want everyone to know it.

6. “okthxbai”

Said in quick staccato — usually after dropping a snarky opinion or making some other pointed remark — and then running away.

7. #foodporn

Yes, your gourmet spread looks fantastic and you want the whole world to know it! Share and hashtag away — I get it! But the rest of us happen to be feasting on Ritz crackers and peanut butter at the moment, so our enthusiasm for your 4-star meal may be slightly tempered. (But that just makes it all the more fun, doesn’t it?)

8. “Asking for a friend”

We all know it’s you who’s doing the asking. And even though I know you know we know that, it’s getting old so can you please stop? Asking for a friend.

9. “See what I did there?”

When you do something so clever, you can’t help but point it out in the most proud-of-yourself way. Of course, if it was really that clever you wouldn’t need to be so lame.

10. So and so “won the internet today”

If parading two chimpanzees around in tu-tus on an ice rink wins the internet, I’m going back to watching TV.

11. “That moment when you…”

…and then you publicly reveal an embarrassing moment. Overused, sure — but they can lead to some pretty funny moments of healthy self-deprecation.

12. “This.”

You’re sure it’s this and not that? “This” is the laziest of all social media commentary. It almost always accompanies an article or photo. and conveys that “that” is much more dramatic than “this” will ever be.

Have you been guilty of any of these not-exactly-hip-anymore clichés? I know I have. #justsaying :-)

What did I leave out? Let me have your trendiest of the trendiest clichés in the comments section below and we’ll make sure they’re overused… again and again.

Photo credit: Gratisography

Article by Paul Biedermann

Paul Biedermann


Paul Biedermann is Creative Director/Owner of re:DESIGN and Managing Partner/Editor-in-Chief of 12 Most. re:DESIGN specializes in Strategic Design, Branding, Visual Content Marketing and Communications. Paul intersects smart, custom design with visual business strategies that reach, engage, and inspire people to action. He also founded the vibrant re:DESIGN Google+ community for those who value what good design can do for business, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Social Media Association. Paul began his career at ABC Broadcasting before moving to a design agency that created innovative campaigns for ESPN and then becoming Art Director for NFL Properties. As Creative Director for The McGraw-Hill Companies, Paul spearheaded projects for such leading brands as Standard & Poor’s, BusinessWeek, J.D. Power and Associates, Architectural Record, and McGraw-Hill Education. You can follow Paul on Twitter, “Like” re:DESIGN on Facebook, circle him on Google+, follow him on Pinterest or visit his blog.

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