A new year means a chance to leave some of the tired words and phrases of 2009 in the past. At least that’s the theory of the wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University, who released their 35th annual (deep breath) List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.
This year’s 15 offenders make up a tech-heavy list. Tweet (and any variation thereof) is included, as is the verb form of friend (as in friending or unfriending someone). App — as a shortened word for application — is another offender. And at the end of a rough financial year, much of the jargon of economic pain has run its course: In these economic times, toxic assets and too big to fail have no place in 2010.
Some surprising omissions? None of 2009’s most overused health care buzzwords were included (public option, anyone?). But President Obama makes the list, though only as a prefix — Obamanomics, Obamanation, etc. — as do his czars. Glenn Beck could need to come up with a whole new vocabulary in 2010.
The small Michigan university receives thousands of nominations over the course of the year before selecting the most flagrant offenders. Does the list hold any actual power? Some of the banned words from 2008 still crept into conversation last year: bailout, Wall Street/Main Street and carbon footprint continue to be abused. Thankfully, First Dude, maverick and game changer were relegated to the sidelines.
The complete 2010 list:
7. Friend as a verb
8. Teachable Moment
9. In These Economic Times …
11. Toxic Assets
12. Too Big to Fail
15. Obama as a prefix
Source: Time magazine
So what cliches are you ready to axe? I would never miss these:
“At the end of the day…”
“There you go.”
“Super” as in “I’m super-excited. That’s super-cool.”
Send in the cliche you would like to be banned by Friday afternoon and I’ll reward the best one with a hot-off-the-press copy of The Choice! Leave a comment here or e-mail mail me: suzanne at suzannewoodsfisher dot com
Looking forward to your overused jargon!
I don't like the word, "peeps!" Not sure if it is short for peeping Toms, baby chicks, potty-training two year olds, or favorite people.
would love to ban the word dollop. For whatever reson this word makes no sense to me. Just one of my can't stand words. love your work. thanks
I have an extreme dislike to people saying "Whatever" when you talk to them- especially teenagers!! Can you tell- I have one???
The texting short cuts – I don't like them at all!
I would love to see frickin gone…. I really do not like to hear that word at all.
I can stand when people in meetings say "Let's unpack that a little bit more". Unless I'm just getting back from vacation and you are referring to my luggage, DON'T say that irritating phrase!!!
how about "so"
as in I am SO done with that phrase!
yadda, yadda, yadda…
can't stand it!!!
The phrase I would like to axe is
"24/7" this phrase is sooo overused!
Even in the movies. I never want to hear it again and I personally never use it.
"My Bad" —- Just say I'm sorry, or my mistake. Where did this phrase come from?
crazy-busy or crazy-anything
I am so tired of "_____ is the new _______". It's ridiculous! The day I saw one that said "black is the new black", I thought, "Huh?! What is the point?!"
The use of the word "organic" to describe other than food.
the phrase, hanging in there firstname.lastname@example.org
where’s my post? not writing the whole post out again lol you missed a typo mods