Annual List of Words to Be Banished

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  1. Spot's Meow

    Spot's Meow Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    Lake Superior State University has once again come out with their list of the words or phrases from the year that should be banished. There's several good ones on this list. Here it is:

    Article: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/01/entertainment/main4695305.shtml


    I strongly agree with banishing maverick and bailout, as well as staycation. And so many things being described as green this year has been really annoying.

    I remember the word that irritated me most from 2007: surge. It was everywhere, and so often.

    The wall street to main street crap has been pretty obnoxious as well. What is up with "winner of five nominations"? I'm not getting the reference there.

    What words/phrases would you like to add to the list?
     
  2. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

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    "John Sergeant" (esp. when used as a verb, although I seem to be the only one that does so)
     
  3. Capn Flukie

    Capn Flukie Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    chillax
     
  4. Apophis

    Apophis Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Some things I've been hearing at work have greatly irritated me all last year:

    "What the French?" - as a substitute for the other F-word. I work at a place where 'blue' language is the norm, so I'm at a loss as to why someone introduced this one.

    "Straight up" - I take this to mean, "yes" with emphasis.

    "Your Mom" - ask a question, you have a 50% chance of getting this as an answer. I was resetting the master computer password a few weeks ago and asked a co-worker for a suggestion and got this. I used it.
     
  5. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

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    Another one: the use of the word "medal" as a verb, especially during the Olympics this year. It conjures up inappropriate images in one's mind. :devil:

    e.g. I plan on doing some serious medalling when I get to China. :evil:
     
  6. Mallory

    Mallory Moderator Admiral

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    I've never heard this one. Is there some background to it?
     
  7. cultcross

    cultcross The truth is precisely the opposite Moderator

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    John Sergeant was a celebrity contestant on BBC program 'Strictly come Dancing' this year who despite questionable talents, kept being voted back in by the viewers. He eventually quit the show, saying that he was in danger of winning, and that would be 'taking the joke too far'.
     
  8. Lindley

    Lindley Moderator with a Soul Moderator

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    That's kind of awesome, actually.
     
  9. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

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    Can we ban "canon" from this forum? :)
     
  10. Misfit Toy

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  11. NCC1701

    NCC1701 Commodore Commodore

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    ^ That one has already been banned around these parts, didn't you get the memo?
     
  12. Red Ranger

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    If I never hear the words, "Joe the Plumber," again, I'll be a happy man! "Maverick," too, enough of that shite! -- RR
     
  13. Red Ranger

    Red Ranger Admiral Admiral

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    Better yet, let's ban the misuse of the word "cannon" as an incorrect substitute for "canon"! Homonyms, people, learn your homonyms! :lol: -- RR
     
  14. Sakrysta

    Sakrysta Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Get out of my head! :lol:

    I'll second the objection to "green" everything. I don't get the hate for the <3 emoticon, though. Maybe because neither I nor those I know use it to excess? I will give a hearty "begone!" to the declaration, "I Heart ______." That asininity (is that a word? it should be!) should join the ranks of the banished post-haste!
     
  15. trekkerguy

    trekkerguy Commodore Commodore

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    And just who are they? Words are words and should go nowhere.
    People, use them as you please. You don't need some damned University
    to tell you what phrases and words are to be used. It's almost as bad
    as fashion magazines deciding what's "in" or "out".
     
  16. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Yes We Can :rolleyes:
     
  17. JonathonWally

    JonathonWally Admiral Admiral

    I'm glad to see you have a firm grasp of humor
     
  18. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    Not "monkey." :(
     
  19. TGTheodore

    TGTheodore Writer Admiral

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    Fantastical.

    I swear to God if one more ad or review uses that form of the word I'll track the copywriter down and kill him (or her).

    It's so freaking pompous and people who use it are only trying to sound more educated, literate or erudite.

    Get off the faux high-falutin' bandwagon and stop trying to come off British.

    Use plain old "fantastic" -- if you must.

    Better yet, screw all hyperbole ... the product is usually so bad, using the word is practically fraudulent advertising.

    --Ted
     
  20. Capn Flukie

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    ^ on a related note, automagical.