This is the 38th annual List of Banished Words by Lake Superior State University, which is always published on New Year’s Eve.
Here are the top ten among thousands of words, with my short takes on them (see the list for more funny comments) – and feel free to add your own:
- fiscal cliff – are there any limits to the dysfunctionality of US politics?
- kick the can down the road – a specialty of most politicians and/or a systemic feature of politics?
- double down – more than a game?
- job creators/creation – any decade now
- passion/passionate – com-passion fatigue
- yolo – I checked out at ‘lol’
- spoiler alert – to improve the audience’s taste?
- bucket list – the most important things in life aren’t things (good thing life is not a thing like a bucket)
- trending – what’s the latest fad/flavor of the day? (cheap ‘futurism’)
- superfood – nutrient density!
- boneless wings – General Gao’s Tofu any day!
- guru – does ‘technocrat’ sound better?
Here is their amusing performative self-contradiction:
While the U.S. Congress has been kicking the can down the road and inching closer to the fiscal cliff, the word gurus at Lake Superior State University have doubled-down on their passion for the language and have released their 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.
For the classic statement, read George Orwell’s 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language:
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.