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:
- Tweet (what a surprise)
- Friend as a verb
- Teachable Moment
- In These Economic Times
- Toxic Assets
- Too Big to Fail
- 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.