Leave BehindAnother new year is upon us! As usual, we’re all looking forward, some more eager than others to put 2012 in our rear view. But before we go hurtling into a brave new annum, it might be a good idea to take stock of a few trends it’d be best to leave behind.

Here are a few of ours. Feel free to add your picks in the comments section.

1. The Return of the Box Fade
Let’s tell all the young men in our lives that the ’90s were a wonderful decade that wrought many memorable and exciting trends like chokers and dark lip liner and roughneck R&B. But just like we’re totally okay letting those things slip into the recesses of history, we will not miss the day that “high-top” or “box” fade also ends up on that pile. To hasten it, take the teens you know who are currently rockin’ a box fade to the barber shop before Jan. 1.

2. Choreographed Wedding Dances
It isn’t that these aren’t the cutest things ever. It’s that we just need to face facts: is anyone ever gonna be able to top the great daddy-daughter dance of 2011 or the coldest wedding dance ever? Doubtful. Let’s let this trend go out on top.

3. Knee-Jerk Blame-Shifting on Social Media
As was evidenced with Sandy Hook and so many unimaginable tragedies before it, social media users have a tendency to go into immediate under-informed opinion mode, speculating endlessly about who’s at fault. In 2012, rather than blaming legislature, big business, mental health, race, gender, nationality, or class within mere minutes of the news breaking, let’s let the fact finders gather accurate updates, let those who’ve lost someone grieve, and let our accusations simmer before unleashing them into the chaos.

4. YOLO
2012 was a good year for Drake. He earned his high school diploma and saw his YOLO chant reach a fever pith. But now that the term has become synonymous with making the worst life decisions possible under the guise of seizing the moment, it might be time to let that li’l phenomenon go.

5. “Ratchet”
It seems that every few years we come up with a term that intends to define unsavory behavior along cultural lines. While we’re glad “ghetoo” and “hood” seem to be slowly fazing out, it might be nice if “ratchet” also went the way of obsolescence.

What do you think? Which trends and terminology do you want to leave behind in 2013?

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  • jo

    I must be lame because I love the high top and box fades. (kanye shrug)

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  • Mademoiselle

    - Answering your own rhetorical questions (ex: Am I going to answer my own question? Yes. Do I think it’s somehow cool to state my case this way? Absolutely!)
    – “Have a (or several) seat(s)”
    – Saggy skinny jeans
    – Skinny jeans (bring back the basic straightleg please)
    – See-through outfits (I’m sure your man thinks your bra/panties are cute enough for the both of us — cover it up for my sake, please)
    – Deep-V shirts on men (I hate man cleavage even if it’s made of muscle)
    – The bangs Beyonce wears (I don’t know their official name, but they’re the ones that look like what was hot back in the 5th grade: big curl, straight cut, sitting on your eyelids)
    – Internet dictionary wars (I don’t care if someone mistakenly uses their instead of there or they’re, but it irritates the mess out of me to have to read a spell check response instead of a response to the actual post)
    – Sorry to the feminist Clutchettes, but I’m ready for the list of feminist rules to get a little shorter too (I like being called a lady, and I’ve been feeling some kinda way since I learned it was no longer feminist-ly correct)
    – Grown women at my job who refuse to return a smile (there’s one lady in particular who has never spoken to me in the 3 years I’ve been there and I could be coming around the corner and SEE that she had a pleasant look on her face just before she sees me, and once she does her face sours up — WTH! I want my hello!!!)
    – People that are only your friends as long as you’re doing all the work (the ones you always have to go to their place to hang, or the ones you always have to call/text/email first, or the ones that will ask you for all kinds of help with their lives but get missing when you need something, etc)
    – Bipartisan/partisan everything — it’s time to start thinking Uninationally
    – Tearing each other down in comment sections (name calling, blame games, etc)
    – Calling anything that’s being sold a lifestyle (ex: “It’s not a phone, it’s a lifestyle”, “It’s not a drink, it’s a lifestyle”, “It’s not a car, it’s a lifestyle”) AND going into debt or neglecting your life obligations to maintain said lifestyle

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    • NAME WITHHELD

      I agree with 98.7% of what you’re saying. Great comment! Now, as for the Internet dictionary wars, I have to say it irks me everytime people whose native language is English cannot tell the difference between THERE and THEIR or THEY’RE, YOUR and YOU’RE, ITS and IT’S, WHOSE and WHO’S, etc. These aren’t typos most of the times, some people simply don’t and they need to refresh THEIR grammar or spelling.

      Oh, I don’t know if ‘Uninationally’ is an actual English adverb or if you coined it but I like it.

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    • Mademoiselle

      Fair enough — I’m just someone who doesn’t care about the typos since I figure comment sections are informal anyway. I’ll take 98.7%, though. :)

      Uninational isn’t a word, but I wish it was.

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  • http://gabandgraffiti.wordpress.com marloweovershakespeare

    My additions?
    -Instagram
    -Texting to date and breakup
    -Unprofessionalism in a professional environment
    -Openly disrespecting the Lord and Savior while having all the reverence and silence for other faiths.

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  • http://gabandgraffiti.wordpress.com marloweovershakespeare

    Oh, and one more thing to leave behind (I left it behind in March)…

    cable.

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    • NAME WITHHELD

      Same here. You can watch most of the shows online anyway.

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    • EST. 1986

      Not quite, because now, a lot of networks are requiring one to log in with their cable provider to have access to shows.

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    • NAME WITHHELD

      @EST. 1986
      Oh yeah? That sucks. I don’t know what your favorite TV shows are, but I can watch mine online. Have you tried abc.com, nbc.com, cbs.com? You can watch certain shows on tvoneonline.com. For documentaries cnbc and pbs are pretty good.

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    • EST. 1986

      My favorite show is BONES! That, I can watch on HULU or Fox (online and TV), but other shows I have wanted to watch required a log in. Comcast only allows a maximum of 3 and all three are being used on different devices.

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  • dirtychai

    1. Losing our cultural icons to tragic demise

    2. Stand Your Ground

    3. Blaming Obama for everything bad

    4. Crediting Obama for everything good

    5. 85% of the Black women on TV. The other 15% can stay.

    Bonus: The obsession over $4.00 cupcakes. I don’t understand.

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    • Courtney**

      Bonus – allow me to introduce you to a little business called “CamiCakes.” Specially, their Salted Caramel cupcake. It may not change your life, but it might change your opinion about obssessing over $4 cupcakes :-p

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