I been on this Q&A site every day for the past six months. I have seen OP's include the word "professional" in what it seems every single question.
The word "professional" tends to be most used by those who least have a clue what it means, and it grates on me when they do that. I have 25 years of experience as a professional, I have 16000 rep points and the number of times I have used the word "professional" on this site is less than the number of fingers in your hands. And in real life? I used that word maybe five times, if that, in the course of a 25+ year career.
As a professional, I don't need to remind everybody that I am a professional. But at the same time, I am not thrilled at the air being filled with the word "professional", especially in what seems to be the most trivial contexts.
Could we do something about it to mitigate or manage the overuse of this word, or do I have to live with it and consider it as a price we all have to pay for participating in the Workplace?
Example 1: what is a professional way to stay in touch? Translation: How do I stay in touch with a manager?
Example 2: professionalism-and-rejecting-job-offers Translation: How do I decline job offers?
And there is this prize winner - Example 3: how-to-professionally-leave-an-internship Translation: how do I say I am quitting my internship?
Update: I just looked at the list of the all-time top users: EVERY single one of them has the "professionalism" tag attached to their thumbnail picture. I also looked at the list of the top users for the year so far - Only one of the top 12 does not have "professionalism" attached to their thumbnail picture, and that person is No. 12. This may be an indication that we are using "professionalism" as a catch-all tag category.