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Thursday, 31st December 2009

Just Released: 35th Annual LSSU List of Banished Words

From the Lake Superior State University Announcement:

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.'"

Here's the 2010 List:
Note: The actual announcement contains selected definitions and comments.

1. Shovel-Ready

2. In These Economic Times

3. Stimulus

4. Toxic Assets

5. To Big to Fail

6. Transparent/Transparency

7. Czar

8. Tweet

9. App

10. Sexting

11. Friend (as a Verb)

12. Teachable Moment

13. Bromance

14. Chillaxin'

15. OBAMA-prefix or roots?

The LSSU Word Banishment Committee held out hope that folks would want to Obama-ban Obama-structions, but were surprised that no one Obama-nominated any, such as these compiled by the Oxford Dictionary in 2009: Obamanomics, Obamanation, Obamafication, Obamacare, Obamalicious, Obamaland….We say Obamanough already.

See Also: Lists from Previous Years (Archive Back to 1976)

See Also: Complete List (Alphabetical) of Banished Words

Source: LSSU


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