Andrew Nikiforuk wrote a treatise against the casual overuse of the word “sustainability,” and how this overuse fosters an environment where our words no longer mean anything. “Sustainability” has become just another plastic word, Nikiforuk argues, with little to no meaning and polluting our language like plastic in oceans. Companies and industries use the word to greenwash their projects and shield themselves from criticism so often that even scientists and environmentalists have come to resent the word’s usage. We’re wondering if there are other words that used to mean something, but now pollute our collective vocabulary the way sustainability does? If so, what are they? * Please note that all poll answers will be publicly viewable, but anonymous. Fill out this week's poll. Please note that Tyee Barometer polls are only intended as a quick and engaging non-scientific snapshot of our readers' opinions on various topics that fit with The Tyee's very broad editorial mandate. They are not intended to be seen as a representative sampling of BC opinion.