Today’s Word I’m Tired Of: “Interactive”

From time to time on this blog, I vent about words that I’m getting sick of hearing.  They’re usually words that are either wildly overused or have lost their original meaning.  “Authentic” is a good example.  “Sustainable” is another.  Today’s word is: INTERACTIVE.  Let’s get this straight.  Interactive means exactly that – “interactive.”  It means the user interacts with the content, program, app, or event.  It doesn’t mean cool or contemporary.  It doesn’t mean “hip.”  So let’s stop calling our contemporary church services “interactive,” our new book “interactive,” or our new business proposal “interactive.”

Unless of course it actually is, but truthfully, most won’t be.  If it isn’t interactive, then stop calling it that.

Two questions:

1)  Where have you seen the word “interactive” used when it shouldn’t be?

2)  Any other words we need to add to the list?


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9 Responses to “Today’s Word I’m Tired Of: “Interactive””

  1. Kristen Collier says:

    So right, Phil! So tired of those words, too! And I’m excited for all the people who’ll be inspired by your new book! For though I know my mission in life–to love and serve my hubby, son and God–there are so many who will be placed back on the right path by your book.

  2. Daniel King says:

    Phil, one of the things I love about your blog is how interactive it is. :)

  3. Amy Smith says:

    So true! I think in church circles at least, “modern” and “relevant” are joining the ranks of overused words that are losing their meanings. In all markets, “intuitive” may be on the brink as well. Everything these days is “interactive” and “intuitive.” These words just don’t make you sit up and take notice like they used to.

  4. Rick Wilson says:

    I understand the challenge of words that get tired -used beyond their shelf life. The bigger challenge here is the CULTURE of interactivity which the overwhelming majority of church and faith based leadership does not understand. I recently attended a leadership conference (where I met you Phil) – no WIFI, no hash tag and no FB presence. Can this be happening in the 21st century??? Sure let’s stop using the word – let’s start doing it!!

  5. P. Freeman says:

    I really don’t know if this counts but I think that the motto “Experience the Difference” needs to be retired!


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