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.
2. In These Economic Times
4. Toxic Assets
5. To Big to Fail
11. Friend (as a Verb)
12. Teachable Moment
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