In order to help us better understand supply and demand, economists have placed the things we buy into different categories. One such category is a positional good, described by Dr. Sheldon Cooper as “an economic concept in which an object is only valued by the possessor because it’s not possessed by others.”
We have a tendency to overuse certain words. I know this because on an annual basis many media outlets publish lists of the most overused words of the year. It usually happens in December to commemorate the end of the year.