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Banished English Words List 2009
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Lake Superior State University Banished Words List

GREEN – The ubiquitous 'Green' and all of its variables, such as 'going green,' 'building green,' 'greening,' 'green technology,' 'green solutions' and more, drew the most attention from those who sent in nominations this year.

CARBON FOOTPRINT or CARBON OFFSETTING – "It is now considered fashionable for everyone, tree hugger or lumberjack alike, to pay money to questionable companies to 'offset' their own 'carbon footprint.'...

MAVERICK – "The constant repetition of this word for months before the US election diluted whatever meaning it previously had...

FIRST DUDE – "Skateboard English is not an appropriate way to refer to the spouse of a high-ranking public official." ...

BAILOUT – "Use of emergency funds to remove toxic assets from banks' balance sheets is not a bailout. ...

WALL STREET/MAIN STREET – ... it's simply over-used. No 'serious' discussion of the crisis can take place without some political figure lamenting the fact that the trouble on Wall Street is affecting 'folks' on Main Street." ...

ICON or ICONIC – Overused, especially among entertainers and in entertainment news ...

GAME CHANGER – "It's game OVER for this cliché, which gets overused in the news media, political arenas and in business." ...

STAYCATION – "Occurrences of this word are going up with gas prices. ...

DESPERATE SEARCH – "Every time the news can't find something intelligent to report, they start on a 'desperate search' for someone...


WINNER OF FIVE NOMINATIONS – "It hasn't won an Academy Award yet. It has only been NOMINATED!"...

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN – ... "general overuse and meaninglessness.

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