Banished Words and Phrases 2012

Each year, Lake Superior State University (located in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, identifying as the oldest European settlement in the American midwest) publishes its list of banished words. The list should really be titled “Words and Phrases From 2011 We Would Like to Retire.” LSSU, like a modern day Statue of Liberty, invites the public to send your tired, your hackneyed, your annoying, horrible words, yearning to be excised from the modern lexicon, the wretched refuse of the English language.

This year, the words, in order of number of nominations (and above all, annoyance) are: amazing, baby bump, shared sacrifice, occupy, blowback, man cave, the new normal, pet parent, win the future, trickeration, ginormous. The list ends with the very polite phrase “thank you in advance.” (2012).

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