After 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:
- Mister Mom
- <Anything> On Steroids
- Intellectually Bankrupt
- Fan base
So, fan base, what other intellectually bankrupt words would you like to nominate?
It was banned in 2009 (http://www.lssu.edu/banished/archive/2009.php) but clearly that hasn’t stuck
“Innovation”, “out of the box” and “rockstar (as in developer, marketeer etc)” come to mind
pivot, growth hacking, brogrammer, rad, anything influencer 🙂
Epic was indeed banned in 2011 http://jonathanbecher.com/2011/01/02/banished-words-for-2011/
Unpack. As in; Hey that’s and interesting idea. Let’s take a minute to “unpack” it.
Let’s stop the use of the word “heart” as a verb!
Please let’s ban synergy if it isn’t already on someone’s list 😉
Top of my list: world class, innovative and robust.
PLEASE Let’s ban the word Millennial.
How about we ban “double down”?
It’s got to be “badass” Any takers
I remembered this post when coming across a word recently, which still seems to making it’s way on the weather channel — vortex.
Nice job Jerry, polar vortex made it on the 2015 list: http://jonathanbecher.com/2015/01/11/banished-words-2015/
Organic. When used as a description for anything OTHER than food. As in “I want this to be as organic as possible”
How about the phrase “going forward” . As in we will make better plans going forward.