Some terms have simply become so over-employed as to have achieved the status not only of complete meaninglessness, but annoyance as well. It's time for them to go.
"Fiscal Cliff": "If only those who utter these words would take a giant leap off of it."
That about sums it up. LSSU has its list of contenders for elimination here. "Assault rifle" seems a good candidate as well, as almost nobody who uses the term has any idea of what they're talking about.