Lake Superior State University 2012 List of Banished WordsOK, so....this is not the list I would pick, but I see the logic.
In 1977, one year after Lake Superior State University Public Relations Director W.T. (Bill) Rabe released the first "banished words list," he said that the international reaction from news media and the public told him "it would go on forever."
Forever may be stretching it, but the annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness has been going strong since New Year's Day 1976 and shows no signs of stopping. People from around the world have nominated hundreds of words and phrases such as "you know," "user friendly," "at this point in time," and "have a nice day," to be purged from the language.
This year's list:
THE NEW NORMAL
WIN THE FUTURE
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE
Disagree re: amazing, however. An excellent word, overused or not. I'm keeping it.
Baby bump can go.*
Ditto the new normal. I am against the new normal, and I am against calling the new normal the new normal. Get rid of it!
I'm keeping ginormous. Also bazillion and gazillion, in case anyone has big ideas for next year.
Never heard of pet parent or trickeration; don't care about blowback, shared sacrifice, or occupy. I don't spend time around people who say "man cave." If I did, I'd put it on the list.
Which brings me to Thank you in advance:
Oh, man. That takes me back. Do any of you remember all the 'Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support' communiques we used to get from our erstwhile superintendent of schools?
I sure do. I'm going to have to dig up the citizens' op ed I wrote on the subject of parents being thanked for their ongoing cooperation and support. I was against it.
Back to the Lake Superior State:
The first list was dreamed up by Rabe and a group of friends at a New Year's Eve party in 1975. The following day, he released the list and the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, nominations for words and expressions to be banished have been invited and accepted throughout the year.I've already got my list for 2012 started.
Edu-words that should be banished from the queen's English:
Start with ENHANCED.
* Does anyone who is NOT an actress ever have a baby bump?