Most-Popular-Word-2015Honestly, if I were to choose the word for this year, it would be “honestly.”

It’s been building momentum for years, but honestly, this year it seems to have hit dynamic equilibrium. The word has reached its maximum capacity. Honestly, this young generation couldn’t possibly use it more than they already do (It’s hardly even noticeable when I overuse the word, isn’t it? Some of you are thinking, “Honestly, it is.”)

Think about it. Teenagers today can’t answer a question without saying the word “honestly.” Try it. Go ask a teenager a personal question.

“Taylor, what do you think of my shirt today?”

10 bucks says I know the first word out of Taylor’s mouth!

Okay, okay. I realize that they might not use it in every sentence. But I challenge you—engage a teenager in a conversation asking their opinion about anything and then count how many times you hear the word “honesty” surface.

“Who would you vote for if you were to have to choose a candidate for president today?”

I can hear the responses now:

“Honestly, I saw Trump on Saturday Night Live, and…”

“Honestly, I think that Hilary Clinton…”

“Honestly, I really haven’t been paying attention…”

I always want to reply, “Wait, so this time you’re being honest? What were you just a moment ago?”

They even say it about stuff that isn’t even important.

“Ashley. Where is my cereal?”

“Honestly, I haven’t seen it.”

What does she think I’m going to say? “Liar!!! I know you hid my Cocoa Puffs!”

Where did the overuse of this word come from?

Honestly, I think it came from…

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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One Response to Honestly

  1. Joshua says:

    .. from the pervasiveness of dishonesty in the present society and the efforts of teenagers not to be caught up in it… or effort to free themselves..
    other places, its “Seriously, I don’t know where it is…”