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Words That Should Be Dumped, Dropped, Banned….. — Dave’s Diary

The Gerber company says “Babies are their business”.  But the big babies on the Morning News-Dave & Lance- say “words are our business” which is why we are always interested to see lists of words.  So, what do the words  –Fiscal Cliff,  Amazing, Viral, Shovel-Ready and Perfect Storm– have in common? They are all words that made past lists of words that should be banned according to the word police at Lake Superior State University

The guardians of the English language annually take on the role of word police by collecting a list of words and phrases that we have used so much they have become annoying.  Their solution? Ban them! Here are 10 of the banned words and phrases on the 2014 list that were winnowed down from hundreds of entries.  Chances are you’ll still hear them on the Morning news with you know who.

Selfie
A self-snapped picture need not have a name all its own beyond “photograph.” It may only be a matter of time before photos of one’s self and a friend will become “dualies.”

Twerk/Twerking
Let’s just keep with “shake yer booty”–no need to “twerk” it! Time to dance this one off the stage.

Hashtag
Used when talking about Twitter, but everyone seems to add it to everyday vocabulary. #annoying #stopthat #hashtag #hashtag #hashtag

Twittersphere
There cannot possibly be any oxygen there.

Mister Mom
This phrase, which comes from the 1983 Michael Keaton movie, “Mr. Mom,” should only be used when discussing the film and not men in the real world. It is an insult to the millions of dads who are the primary caregivers for their children. Would we tolerate calling working women Mrs. Dad?

T-Bone
This common way of describing an automobile collision–as in, one car crashes into another car perpendicularly–has now made it from conversation into news reports. Are we making verbs out of a cut of beef?

Anything —ageddon and —pocalypse
Many in advertising and news took the words “Armageddon” and “Apocalypse” and then shortened them into worn-out suffixes. Examples: Budgetageddon, Snowpocalypse

Intellectually Bankrupt/Morally Bankrupt
Used by members of each political party when describing members of the other.

Fan base
Why use one word when apparently two are twice as better?

 

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