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Words That Should Be Banned In 2009

by | 2nd, January 2009

THE List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness, as compiled by Lake Superior State University in Michigan, USA:

Green

Carbon footprint/carbon offsetting

Maverick – “The constant repetition of this word for months before the US election diluted whatever meaning it previously had. Even the comic offshoot ‘mavericky’ was terribly overused. A minimum five-year banishment of both words is suggested so they will not be available during the next federal election.” Matthew Mattila, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

First Dude – “Skateboard English is not an appropriate way to refer to the spouse of a high-ranking public official.” Paul Ruschmann, Canton, Michigan.

Bailout – “Use of emergency funds to remove toxic assets from banks’ balance sheets is not a bailout. When your cousin calls you from jail in the middle of the night, he wants a bailout.” Ben Green, State College, Pennsylvania.

Wall Street/Main Street – “It’s simply over-used. No ‘serious’ discussion of the crisis can take place without some political figure lamenting the fact that the trouble on Wall Street is affecting ‘folks’ on Main Street.” Charles Harrison, Aiken, South Carolina.

Monkey – “Especially on the Internet, many people seem to think they can make any boring name sound more attractive just by adding the word ‘monkey’ to it. Do a search to find the latest. It is no longer funny.” Rogier Landman, Somerville, Massachusetts.

<3 – This is supposed to resemble a heart, or stand for the word “love”. Used when sending those important text messages to loved ones. “Just say the word instead of making me turn my head sideways and wondering what ‘less than three’ means.” Andrea Estrada, Chicago.

Icon/iconic – “Everyone and everything cannot be ‘iconic’. Can’t we switch to ‘legendary’ or ‘famous for’? In our entertainment-driven culture, it seems everyone in show business is ‘iconic’ for some reason or another. “John Flood, Bray, Wicklow, Ireland.

Game changer – “It’s game OVER for this cliché, which gets overused in the news media, political arenas and in business.” Cynthia, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Staycation – “Occurrences of this word are going up with gas prices. ‘Vacation’ does not mean ‘travel’, nor does travel always involve vacation. Let’s send this word on a slow boat to nowhere.” Dan Muldoon, Omaha, Nebraska.

Desperate search – “Every time the news can’t find something intelligent to report, they start on a ‘desperate search’ for someone, somewhere.” Rick A. Hyatt, Saratoga, Wyoming.

Not so much – “Do I like concise writing? Yes. Do I like verbose clichés? Not so much.” David W. Downing, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Winner of five nominations – “It hasn’t won an Academy Award yet. It has only been NOMINATED!” John Bohenek, Abilene, Texas.

It’s that time of year again – “When is it not ‘that time of year again’? From Valentine’s sales to year-end charity letters, invitations to summer picnics and Christmas parties, it’s ‘that time’ of year again. Just get to the point of the solicitation, invitation, and newsletter and cut out six useless and annoying words.” Kathleen Brosemer of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Anorak adds:

Literally

Ten – From Strictly Come Dancing judge

Noel Edmonds

Bless – Awwww, bless!

And…



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