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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:00 PM

Spoiler Alert: 2013 Banished Words List released

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.

The list, compiled from nominations sent to LSSU throughout the year, is released each year on New Year's Eve. It dates back to Dec. 31, 1975, when former LSSU Public Relations Director Bill Rabe (RAY-bee) and some colleagues cooked up the whimsical idea to banish overused words and phrases from the language. They issued the first list on New Year's Day 1976. Much to the delight of word enthusiasts everywhere, the list has stayed the course into a fourth decade.

Through the years, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which is closing in on its 1,000th banishment.

This year's list is culled from nominations received mostly through the university's website. Word-watchers target pet peeves from everyday speech, as well as from the news, fields of education, technology, advertising, politics and more. A committee makes a final cut in late December.


http://www.lssu.edu/banished/

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 02:46 PM

1. Well, I thought about what I want banished before I looked

and my top pet peeve word/phrase was "fiscal cliff", so I am with them there....it was their first too.

My next was "job creators", and there it was in the top ten. Some of them, I have never even heard of----which is obviously good.

Glad I'm not alone in wanting these terms to disappear.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 03:10 PM

2. YOLO? You Only Live Once? First I ever heard that one was in the article...! nt

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