Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tired of Hearing It?

Apparently, you’re not the only one. The folks over at Lake Superior State University have issued their 35th annual list of words they believe should be banned.

Tops on the list? Shovel-ready, a word that refers to infrastructure projects that are ready to break ground and is associated with federal stimulus programs.

Speaking of which . . . Stimulus as it refers to government spending to boost in the economy, is another word they’ve determined is over-used, along with assorted of Obama words like Obamacare and Obamanomics.

They have also suggested getting rid of sexting, and all forms of tweeting, including retweeting and tweetaholics (not getting rid of the people, just the word!).

The group suggests guys find a word other than bromance to explain their friendship and (can’t argue with this one), they thing the combination of "chillin" and "relaxin" into chillaxin is just plain silly.

Also on the list, teachable moment, toxic assets, the phrase "in these economic times," transparent/transparency, app, and czar (as in housing czar, drug czar).

"Purging our language of 'toxic assets' is a 'stimulus' effort that's 'too big to fail,'" said a university spokesman.

So what do you think? If you could purge any one word from the English language, which one would it be?

3 comments:

Sharon said...

"Dude!" It has been around forever and, just, blech!

miki said...

"Like" Not the direct verb, but its constant insertion into a sentence as filler: "It was, like, my third time missing a stop sign, but, like, since I was busy, like, talking, I didn't, like, notice."

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