Lake Superior State Universary has published its 40th Annual List of Banished words, “Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.”
Considering what an awful year it’s been for language, not to mention humanity itself, it is a short and vastly incomplete list, compiled from nominations received via the university’s website.
Here we go:
I’m going to say meh to this list, even though most people might include meh on their own list. I’m also going to complain about the spelling of cray-cray.
Takeaway is a good choice. Bae, though, I’m really conflicted about, since it’s so stupid that I hear it as tongue-in-cheek even if it’s used with sincerity. I enjoy it in a perverse way, like when I hear someone say ‘conversate.’
So let’s get to the shit they overlooked. Just off the top of my head:
Unpack, used to mean find out more about the subject. I hate this. It’s the new ‘Drill-down.’
Folks, as in ‘Yes, we did torture some folks.’ Enough of folks, for fucksake! Let’s just say ‘people’ like we used to!
Bro– as a suffix. Brogrammers, Brodouches, we get it, now let it go.
Let it go is a prompt I never, ever want to hear again, ever, unless I’m holding on to a butterfly or something.
A Red Lip as in ‘wear with simple jewelry and a red lip.’ God, why?? Say ‘red lipstick’ unless you want to die.
Okay, I’m going to stop now before I get too worked up.
What about you, bae? What words and phrases need to be banned for 2015?