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Monday morning, December 19, and that reflection we see? It’s 2022 in the Rear View…..

This is our Monday open forum Free Range, where anything goes and everything stays, that is unless it breaks the “don’t be an asshole” rule. We generally have an environmental focus—today’s is The Culture that both influences and infuriates us. With 2023 fast approaching, here are a few expressions we want to keep in the rear view, back in 2022….

Most annoying words/phrases of 2022 from MSN and EBN; we need something new….

  • “woke” (“being alert to societal injustice”);
  • At the end of the day
  • Bye, Felicia
  • Synergy
  • Going forward
  • It’s not fair
  • Think outside the box 
  • It’s not my fault
  • Move the needle 
  • Win-win 
  • Low-hanging fruit 
  • Give 110% 
  • Boots on the ground 
  • Circle back 
  • New normal

Behaviors to leave behind in 2022:

Ghosting, Doomscrolling, Comparison, Self-sabotage, Staying quiet in the face of abuse and hate,, People Pleasing, Lying, Blaming, Deflecting, Enabling

Worst food trends of 2022, time to let go, per Tasting Table

  • Charcuterie Boards
  • Drinking Vinegar
  • Fruity Pebble Flavored Everything
  • Appliance Hacks e.g. (making a margarita in a coffee maker)?
  • Overdoing Salted Caramel
  • Not all Sweet and Savory works….dill pickle ice cream? Just no.
  • Dine in restaurants suddenly becoming only drive thru or to go only
  • Vegan Ice Cream is just terrible…
  • Appletinis belong in the 90’s
  • Turmeric is becoming overexposed
  • Sneaky fake Sweeteners in drinks

There is plenty more we’ll leave in the rear view in 2022–. In politics, in the culture, in human activity, in work, in home DIY, in learning — we need room for the new, so let’s chat about it— what’s happening now, at the end of your 2022?