These are words I hate to hear. Not because they're inherently annoying,
but because our culture has latched onto them like something new and shiny,
overusing and misusing them to an extreme. Some call them
Why not just use "forked" or "divided" or any number of other words
that almost always make more sense?
Someone once said, sarcastically, "Never use a short word when a long
one will do." There's a related quip, "Never use long word when a
diminuitive one will suffice."
David P. Murphy said, "If
you really did have control over your work, you wouldn't have had to
come up with a word like 'empowered'."
I have seen this word on a box of
Keebler Town House Toppers
(crackers): "Ergonomic Construction – Designed to
simplify your topping experience." It is so overused and misused that
it is nearly meaningless now.