Things we want to go away in 2014

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US President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) posing for a photo with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (C) during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013. (Photo credit: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
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(USA TODAY) With a big wave of a magic wand, here are the things we're wishing will go away in 2014:

1) Selfie

We've seen enough duck faces, poses in cars and selfies in the mirror. Please, stop taking unflattering photos that show your self-indulgence. Except James Franco, who explained the meanings of the self-portraits in a New York Times editorial.

Franco may continue posting them to his Instagram.

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2) Photobomb

The photobomb has been sorely overdone this year with ones such as Dwayne Wade doing cartwheels behind Lebron James and Jennifer Lawrence jumping into Sarah Jessica Parker's shot. Poof, begone.

While we are at it in the photo department, let's get rid of face swaps, too!

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3) Combo celebrity names

It all started with Bennifer. Then came TomKat, Brangelina and now Kimye. We just want them to go away.

4) Abbrevs.

Words such as totes, adorbs, obvi, obvs, jelly, ridic, cray and others work well in text messages but they also make us die a little inside. Let's start spelling things out again in 2014 and knock it off with shorthand crap.

Also, take away #justsayin, #fail, FML and WTF just because they have become lame.

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5) Overhashtagging

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon did a funny bit on Saturday Night Live this year on the overuse of hashtags. We'd like to see hashtags applied more sparingly on social media.

6) Obsessing over Miley Cyrus

Twerking. The foam finger. The tongue. The nakedness. Just stop.

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