And the one that drives me nuts is 'peak'. We have Peak this and Peak that, and these mythical tipping points are being used to drive fear into the hearts of the ordinary punter, lest their perfectly normal actions should push humanity over the peak!
It started, as I recall, with Peak Oil. That got debunked as total hogwash fairly quickly, but never one to abandon a losing strategy, the Green movement quickly applied this to other things. Why, only yesterday I was engaged in a conversation about Peak Car! What rubbish. I drive a BMW!
So it got me thinking. What else might 'Peak' that should be a concern for us all, that we should immediately modify or moderate our behaviour to avoid. Peak Waste is a huge concern for some. For others, Peak Waist is more of a problem, at least until Peak Donut is reached. Should we reach Peak Alp life will become pointless, as we will of course find ourselves literally with no more mountains left to climb.
Peak Trough, which may sound like a contradiction in terms, is rapidly approaching. This is the point when all of our taxes are awarded to bludgers, pointless charities and those conducting funding surveys, and there is simply no money left for anything else.
Back on the environmental front, there is Peak Propaganda. This is the as yet unidentified, but let's hope it is some point where the Greens realise no-one is buying their bullshit any more, and they give up scaremongering, take well paid executive roles with Monsanto, and get a bit careless about recycling. Peak Propaganda is also known as Growing Up.
Reading this will of course annoy the Greens immensely, but eventually they will begin to calm down. This moment, of course, will be known as Peak Pique.
There are of course some circumstances where 'Peak' situations genuinely occur. For example, 2 weeks ago toy maker Mattel realised, after a significant a drop in sales, that 'Peak' Barbie had occurred, the point at which the public had clearly had enough of the blonde, bland, bimbo doll. Interestingly, research shows that Waiheke reached Peak Barbie as early as December 2013. by Jerry Flay