Posts tagged ‘banned’

December 31, 2011

Ginormous Baby Bump and Other Banned Words

Each year Lake Superior University releases an annual list of words and phrases banished from the Queen’s English for misuse, overuse and general uselessness. This year’s group of unsavory words  contains some very welcome and confusing wipeouts, including:

  • Amazing
  • Baby Bump
  • Shared Sacrifice
  • Occupy
  • Blowback
  • Man Cave
  • The New Normal
  • Pet Parent
  • Win the Future
  • Trickeration
  • Ginormous
  • Thank You In Advance

I agree with most of these, but “amazing”? Really? I know it’s overused, but to ban “amazing” would be like banning “incredible”. If we could just cut back on the “amazing”, maybe the word could go back to being used as a regular adjective to describe something as impressive.

And what the hell is “Win the Future”? Is this a Charlie Sheanism? And “trickeration”? Is this the sensation of being tricked? I’m all for getting rid of “baby bump”. And while we’re at it, let’s stop using “preggers”, too.

What words would you nominate for banishment?

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