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How various clichés of our times are faring based on the number of references on Google as of early 2013
Google is no longer listing the number of searches so we have suspended updates

Newly listed
Rise in status
Fall in status

NOTE: A number of readers didn't like us mixing single words with phrases so have converted to two lists. Please also note that we have to leave some words out because their cliched and other uses are too hard to separate. An example is "whatever."

ADDITIONS

Full count

 TOP PHRASES

In terms of 3.7 billion
Next generation 1.6 billion

Under 1 billion
Road map
Real time
Prior to
Check it out
All new

Under 100 million
Get down
Erectile dysfunction
Road map
Moving forward
All about

Under 10 million
Double down
Tipping point

  TOP WORDS

Facebook 16 billion
Google 11 billion
Twitter 10 billion
Blog 9 billion
Center (+politics or political) 3.1 billion
Tweet 2 billion
Fuck, fucked, fucking 2 billion
Actually 1.4 billion
Amazing 1.3 billion
Amazing 1.3 billion
Embed 1.2 billion

Under one billion
Infrastructure
Innovative
Marketplace
Inappropriate

Under 100 million
Reinvent

Monthly count

 TOP SINGLE WORDS
Absolutely 272 million
Empire, imperialism,imperial 224 million
Concerns 218 million
Shit 176 million
Enhanced: 169 million
Guru 169 million
Bro 168 million
9/11 163 million
Epic 147 million
24/7 134 million
Context 129 million
Optics 110 million
Facilitate (d) (ing)

10-100 MILLION
Metrics
Organizational
Ongoing
Transformation
Meme
Viral
Robust
Iconic
Sustainable
Entrepreneur
Leverage
Robust
Benchmark(s)
Rant, rants
Chatter
Closure
Credibility
Teamwork, team building, or team player
Black Friday
Stimulus
Bling
Distraction
Unacceptable
Empower(ing)(s)(ed)
Anyways

1-10 MILLION
Schadenfreude
Man up (up over 3 million)
Transparency

Prioritize
Collaborative
Tweak(ed)(s)
Free market(s)
Synergy
Unprecedented
Impacted
Accountablity
Narrative
Nuance(d)
Resilient
Edgy
Blogosphere 2.3 mllion down from 23 million
Systemic 2.2 million
Opine(d) 2.2. million
Supportive 2 million down from 24 million
Hipster
Bipartisan, (ship)
Moderate (+political)
Unparalleled
Downsize (d) (ing)
Finalize
Reinvent(ed)
Mastermind
Credible
Partnering
Mandate
Proactive
Vortex
Opine
Palpable excitement
Earmark[s]
Went or gone missing
Surge (with Iraq)

LESS THAN 1 MILLION
Outliers
Wingnuts
Vetted
Quagmire
Gadfly
Metrosexual(s)
Gaydar (s)
Gravitas
Visioning
Kerfuffle

LESS THAN 100,000

Impactful

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TOP PHRASES

Track record 295 million
You know what 286 million
Move on 241 million
No problem 240 million
Main Street 193 million
World class 171 million
On the ground 151 million
Game change, changer, changing: 149 million
Cutting edge 159 million
Step up 146 million
Bottom line 144 million
In accordance with 143 million
State of the art 101 million
I personally. . . 95 million
Best practices 40 million
At the end of the day 28 million
Problem solving 28 million
Top notch 27 million
Get down 14 million
Just sayin' 15 million


1-10 MILLION
Pivot
Black Swan 20 million
My bad 17 million
Extensive experience
Baby bump
Policies and procedure
s
Flash mob 12 million up from under 1 milion
On the same page 11 million up from under 1 million
Silver bullet
Homeland security
Out of the box
Partner with
Go for it
Strategic plan (s) (ning)
Support services
Mission Statement
Period of time 4.6 million
Business model, models 42 million
Data set(s) 3.4 million
Much, much more 3 million
At the end of the day 2.6 million
Sustainable development 2.6 million
American dream 2.4 million
Conspiracy theory, theories

That being said 2 million
Civil society 2 million
Yes, we can 1.8 million
The fact is 1.7 million
Due dilligence 1.7 million
Back in the day
Get over it
Reality check
Wake up call
Sooner rather than later on
Skill set(s)
Around the clock
Core values
Value added
As a matter of fact
Hate crimes
In the wake of
Outside the box
Between the lines
Way forward
Is what it is
Point in time
Up to speed
Be confident
Having said that
Wake up call
Bring it ('em) on
Jaw dropping
Have issues (an issue)
Bring(ing) closure"
Reach out, reaching out
Day one

LESS THAN 1 MILLION
Walk(s) back
Fair game
New world order
Any inconvenience
Free world
Law and order

Strategic partner(ship)
Moving/going forward
Faith basecd
Vision statement
School community
Sooner rather than later
Word on the street
Mixed bag
Paradigm shift
Exit strategy
Now more than ever
Show stopper
Time is running out
Make no mistake
No option
Window of opportunity
Collateral damage
Raise the bar
Any way, shape or form
Safe and effective
Double down
Game changer
Continue the conversation
Price point
Smoking gun
No child left behind (NCLB)
Shared sacrifice
Man cave
New normal
Fair and balanced (down from over 6 million)
Perfect world
Par for the course
Communications skills
Reinvent the wheel
Famously said
Aspirational
Tantamount to
At this moment in time
Deeply regret
Mixed message(s)
Man up
Wow factor
Live life to the fullest
In all honesty down from 16 million
Take full responsibility down from 25.1 million
Those were the days
Zero sum
Douche bag
Resolve the issue down from 40 million
Defining moment
Hard earned money
Begs the question
One thing is certain
Hard look
Sends, sending a message
You're fired
Culture war
Failure to comply
On the same page
Post 9/11
Push the envelope
Hegemony, hegemonic
Welcome your feedback
Group think or groupthink
Change agent or agent of change
In desperate need
Like, you know
National debate, conversation or discusssion
Mean streets
Blame game
Thinking outside the box
Go to guy
Street cred
Stay the course
Experts agree [or disagree]
Sweeping changes
Companion animal
Monitoring the situation
Money shot
End of the world as we know it
Drill down
Not rocket science
With all due respect
Granularity [ies]
Humanitarian crisis
Gone missing
Step up to the plate
Smart growth
Regime change
Comprehensive approach
Level playing field
Final analysis
On message
Confidence building
Sea change
Sense of urgency
Queer eye
Substantial changes
The rest is history
Sea change
Exceptionalism
Big pimpin'
Reigned in
No doubt in my mind
Cut and run
Civil discourse
New normal
Shed(ding) pounds
With open arms

LESS THAN 100,000

Tree lined street(s)
Moving the needle
In harm's way
Obesity crisis
Largely unnoticed
Happy accident
Unexpected consequences
I/we/you have a situation
No choices
A ha moment
Perfect storm
Energize
Tipping point
Politically correct
Misspeak or misspoke
Blue sky thinking
Dancing in the streets
Senior administration official
Recent studies have shown
Electable, electability
Culture war or culture wars
Let's roll
Be afraid, be very afraid
Hasta la vista, baby
We're number one
There is no alternative
Deeply felt
Resident expert
Mistakes were made
Dominant culture
It should be obvious
Should have went
Didn't used to
If I would have known
free reign
Shot(s) across the bow
Failure of intelligence
Steadfast determination
Roil
Liberal media
Blank check
Shock and awe
Revisionist history, historian (s)
Cultural creative (s)
Stated goals
What's that all about
Historic opportunity
Change the tone
Ownership society
Bowling alone
Manage up
Creative class
For all intents and purposes
Ducks in a row
Bring your A-game
At this moment in time
Unexpected consequences
Loner & murder
Largely unnoticed
Happy accident
Bring(ing) closure
I'm just sayin'
Teachable moment
Draw your own conclusion
Obama hater (hating)

LESS THAN 10,000
Blamestorm(ing)
What part don't you understand
Put it behind us
Got that on my radar

Palpable excitement
Let's touch base
Moving the conversation forward
Closing the circle

 

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