Banished Words

Words as Skin, by Maurizio Abbate ((Abbate, Maurizio. “Words as Skin.” Flickr. 8 Mar 2007. Web. 5 Jan 2010. .))

Brenda forwarded this one to me — some folks at Lake Superior State University, who have, since a fateful New Year’s Eve party in 1975, published an annual list of words and terms that should be banished from the “..Queens English for Miss-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.”

Include for banishment in 2010 are:

  • Shovel-Ready
  • Transparent/Transparency
  • Czar
  • Tweet (what a surprise)
  • App
  • Sexting
  • Friend as a verb
  • Teachable Moment
  • In These Economic Times
  • Stimulus
  • Toxic Assets
  • Too Big to Fail
  • Bromance
  • Chillaxin’
  • Obama as a prefix or root

What is most interesting is the comments made about the various terms. It’s a conversation about words and language. I do not agree with a lot of it, but reading comments about words and terms may be useful to some students — demystifying words, revealing that we are constantly hacking the code.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.