Tuesday, January 05, 2010

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Lake Superior State University 2010 List of Banished Words

Word "czars" at Lake Superior State University "unfriended" 15 words and phrases and declared them "shovel-ready" for inclusion on the university's 35th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

"The list this year is a 'teachable moment' conducted free of 'tweets,'" said a Word Banishment spokesman who was "chillaxin'" for the holidays. "'In these economic times', purging our language of 'toxic assets' is a 'stimulus' effort that's 'too big to fail.'"

Former LSSU Public Relations Director Bill Rabe and friends created "word banishment" in 1975 at a New Year's Eve party and released the first list on New Year's Day. Since then, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which includes words and phrases from marketing, media, education, technology and more:

SHOVEL-READY
TRANSPARENT/TRANSPARENCY
CZAR
TWEET
OBAMA-prefix or roots


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to nominate "without further ado" for the list. It's old-fashioned, it's cliched, and it has lost all meaning, to the point where ignorant speakers use it interchangeably with "WITH further ado," which means the exact opposite! Turf it out.