Wednesday, January 13, 2016
13 words or phrases banished for 2016
Every year some words or phrases get so misused they need to be banished from the Garden of Eden of common use. Since 1976 Lake Superior State University annually has published a List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. This year’s thirteen from their 41st list are (in alphabetical order):
Break the internet
Giving me life
Join the conversation
Walk it back
Their tongue-in cheek press release said that compilers hoped this year's list will be so popular that it will “break the Internet.” The LSSU spokesperson warned that overused words and phrases are “problematic” for thousands of Queen's English “stakeholders,” while “vaping” an e-cigarette during a “presser.” Once a word or phrase is banished, there is no “walking it back;” it is our “secret sauce,” and there also is no “price point” for that.
They also have a web page with their Complete List. If some of your commonly used jargon words are on there, then you need to rethink your speech writing.
The Domenichino painting of God giving Adam and Eve The Finger is from Wikimedia Commons. It was flipped, and also modified to add a leaf bra for Eve so now it is Suitable for Work.