The good news: The 21st century’s three most annoying words -- phat, shizzle and booyah -- have retired to a dusty corner of the museum of modern slang.
The bad news: They have been replaced by an even more irritating word -- snap!
Made popular by its meaningless versatility, the ubiquitous "snap" can be used in any context.
As in: "Snap, guy! You got punked."
It also serves as a handy expression to exclaim anger or happiness.
As in: "Snap! I forgot to record the O.C. last night."
Or: "Snap! I won the lottery."
For reasons I don’t really understand, hearing "snap" in this context provokes a strong visceral reaction. As if an earwig had crawled into my ear while I was sleeping only to wake me up with a hysterical beating of its wings against my eardrum, causing me to bolt out of bed screaming "Get it out! Get it out!"
Don’t get me wrong. I like the malleable nature of the English language. New words can be fun – like bootylicious.
But they can also be snappingly obnoxious.