Lake Superior State University recently released its 2009 list of words they recommend be banned due to mis-use, over-use and general uselessness.
As a fan of the language, things like this interest me.
Their choices for oblivion? These overused words:
- (deleted because this is a family-friendly blog)
- friend (as a verb)
- teachable moment
- in these economic times
- toxic assets
- too big to fail
- Obama as a prefix: Obamacare, Obamanomics, etc.
Hmmm … I find it interesting how many have to do with Obama and his antics. Being thoroughly tired of him, I would be glad to bid adieu to any of the Obama-related terms.
Bromance? Chillaxin’? Okay, some of these are making me feel old because I’ve never heard of them.
Lots of Facebook-inspired stuff, like app and friend as a verb. I’m not big into the whole Facebook concept – too little privacy, too few ways to categorize things for one group of friends vs. another (do I really care to share the same things with my child’s teacher as I would with a childhood friend or a far-removed relative? Answer: no). I must say, however, that my kids have gotten me hooked on the Farmville “app” in the new year and it is pretty addicting 🙂 .
Tweet? Not twittering, no desire. I hate what it’s done to a sweet, quaint little word. Recently I was reading the girls a book about a mouse who was “twittering,” and they were cracking up at the mental picture. Ughh!
My own personal pet peeve phrase is “went missing.” I don’t hear it as much as I did a year or so back, but every time I do it annoys the heck out of me. Suzy Jones never turns up gone or disappears, she “goes missing.” It just sounds affected and wrong to me – kind of like the media insisting “Quatar” is pronounced “Cutter.” Really?
What words or phrases would you like to ban for 2010? Do tell …