Banished Words for 2014

Banished 2014After weeks of weather on steroids, the twittersphere has been blowing up with tales of the snow-pocalypse. My favorite is the story about a Mister Mom who t-boned his own home with a snowblower because he was taking a selfie while twerking. Hashtag awesome.

Yes, it’s that time again.

Lake Superior State University (LSSU) released its 39th annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness”. The list is primarily crowd-sourced; over the years LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations.  This year’s winners losers banished words are:

  • Selfie
  • Twerking
  • Hashtag
  • Twittersphere
  • Mister Mom
  • T-Bone
  • <Anything> On Steroids
  • Intellectually Bankrupt
  • Obamacare
  • Adversity
  • Fan base

So, fan base, what other intellectually bankrupt words would you like to nominate?

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19 Responses to Banished Words for 2014

  1. Vijay Vijayasankar February 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    game changer

  2. Satya Krishnaswamy (@satyakri) February 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    “Innovation”, “out of the box” and “rockstar (as in developer, marketeer etc)” come to mind

  3. Pierre-Loic Assayag February 16, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    pivot, growth hacking, brogrammer, rad, anything influencer 🙂

  4. arby February 17, 2014 at 4:31 am #

    Epic

  5. Dan Wellers February 17, 2014 at 4:41 am #

    Unpack. As in; Hey that’s and interesting idea. Let’s take a minute to “unpack” it.

  6. Brian McGoff February 17, 2014 at 6:18 am #

    Business incubator

  7. Carolyn Brock February 17, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Let’s stop the use of the word “heart” as a verb!

  8. Marilyn Pratt (@marilynpratt) February 17, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Please let’s ban synergy if it isn’t already on someone’s list 😉

  9. JohnG February 17, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Doge.

  10. lmb1962 February 17, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Top of my list: world class, innovative and robust.

  11. Desiree Daniels February 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    PLEASE Let’s ban the word Millennial.

    Sincerely,
    A “Millennial”

  12. Robert Holland February 19, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    How about we ban “double down”?

  13. Margaret Molloy February 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    It’s got to be “badass” Any takers

  14. Jerry Nichols May 26, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    I remembered this post when coming across a word recently, which still seems to making it’s way on the weather channel — vortex.

  15. mirkerry January 23, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    Organic. When used as a description for anything OTHER than food. As in “I want this to be as organic as possible”

  16. hollis. February 8, 2015 at 1:30 am #

    How about the phrase “going forward” . As in we will make better plans going forward.

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