Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Community News Network

December 31, 2012

What words are up for banishment this year?

SAULT St. MARIE, Mi. — By the time you read this, chances are you're tired of hearing about the "fiscal cliff." The same can likely be said of talk about "job creators," or "job creation."

And the phrase "spoiler alert" has, well, spoiled.

Each year Lake Superior State University releases a list of words and phrases it would like to see banned from the English language. They're overused and parroted to the point of meaninglessness. Every celebrity has some cause about which they are "passionate," as they're more than happy to tell you.

Granted, no one has the ability to simply ban words or phrases from the language. Languages depend on the people using them and, so long as people use the terms, they'll stay right where they are.

Need proof? "Disenfranchise," "brainstorm," "functionality," and "infommercial," all nominees for banishment from the 2002 list, are still common currency in speech today.

You can read this year's list by clicking here. Prior lists dating back to 1976 are available here.

Text Only
Community News Network
AP Video
Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel David Perdue Wins Georgia GOP Senate Runoff 98-Year-Old Woman Left in Parked Truck Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

     View Results