In 1937, Funk listed the most overworked words for the first time, and "definitely" the most overworked words in his mind was "definitely" annoying.
Overusing words and phrases is not merely a 21st century phenomenon.
In 1937, Wilfred J. Funk, renowned author, poet, lexicographer, and publisher, took a pause from his responsibilities as the President of Funk and Wagnalls to formulate a list of the “most overworked words.”
While Howard Hughes, Amelia Earhart, Adolf Hitler and Seabiscuit were capturing the headlines, the publishers of the Springfield Union (MA) managed to find a bit of front page print-space to post Funk's list in their March 27, 1937 issue.
The Top Five that year?