Banished Words 2016

So, for the 41st year in a row, Lake Superior State University (LSSU) issued a presser with a list of problematic words that should banned by every stakeholder. Their secret sauce in generating the list? The price point is good, everyone can join the conversation, and they never walk it back if someone complains about a word breaking the internet.

In what’s become a tradition, I’m blogging about LSSU’s annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness”. I suppose you could say the list has been giving me life.

2016’s winners losers banished words are as follows:

  • So
  • Conversation
  • Problematic
  • Stakeholder
  • Price Point
  • Secret Sauce
  • Break The Internet
  • Walk It Back
  • Presser
  • Manspreading
  • Vape
  • Giving Me Life
  • Physicality

This year the word ‘so’ received two honors. It was the word that received the most nominations for being banished. It was also the first time a word from a previous year has appeared on the list again. In 1999, it was banished as a way of providing emphasis, as in “I am SO down with this list!”

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3 Responses to Banished Words 2016

  1. tredd351T January 4, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    They need to add ENABLE

  2. jdunnett January 4, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    Not the usual suspects I was anticipating!

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