It was just a few weeks ago (Oct. 15, to be exact), that I linked to Marist College’s list of the most annoying words and phrases. To kick off the new decade, word “czars” at Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., “unfriended” 15 words and phrases on the university’s 35th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.
“The list this year is a ‘teachable moment’ conducted free of ‘tweets,'” said a Word Banishment spokesman who was “chillaxin'” for the holidays. “‘In these economic times’, purging our language of ‘toxic assets’ is a ‘stimulus’ effort that’s ‘too big to fail.'”
I longingly remember the days when my fellow editors and I had enough time to sit around and compile end-of-the-year lists like that. Now everyone’s too busy blogging, or reading other people’s blogs. My fingers hurt just thinking about it.