Banished Words List :: 2006
Lake Superior State University 2006 List of Banished Words
SURREAL â€“ One part opiate of the masses, 13 parts overuse. Oddly, news anchor and television small talk is becoming more surreal. â€œDreams are surreal, not daily adjectives.â€ â€“ Tracy from Murray, Ky.
HUNKER DOWN â€“ To brace oneself, in anticipation of media onslaught. Trotted out in reports about everything from politics to hurricanes. â€œI have a hankering to ban all of this hunkering.â€ â€“ Kate Rabe Forgach, Fort Collins, Colo.
PERSON OF INTEREST â€“ Found within the context of legal commentary, but seldom encountered at cocktail parties. â€œPeople with guns want to talk with you.â€ â€“ Melissa Carroll from Greensboro, NC. â€œDoes this mean the rest of us are too boring to deal with?â€ â€“ Patricia Johnson from Mechanicsville, Va.
COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS â€“ A five-dollar phrase on a nickel-errand. Value-added into many higher education mission statements. â€œNot to be confused with â€˜school.’â€ â€“ Jim Howard from Mishawa, Ind.
UP OR DOWN VOTE â€“ A casualty of today’s partisanship. No discussion on this one; the committee just tossed a coin. â€œI see a bright future for ex-senators as elevator operators.â€ â€” Allan Dregseth, Fargo, ND.
BREAKING NEWS â€“ Once it stopped presses. Now it’s a lower-intestinal condition brought about by eating dinner during newscasts. â€œNow they have to interrupt my supper to tell me that Katie Holmes is pregnant.â€ â€” Michael Raczko, Swanton, Ohio.
DESIGNER BREED â€“ Many nominators consider this a bastardization of dog breeding. It may be a good line to use on angry neighbors when an un-neutered dog escapes. â€œWhen you mate a miniature schnauzer to a toy poodle, it’s not a â€˜Schnoodle,’ it’s a mongrel.â€ â€“ George Bullerjahn, Bowling Green, Ohio.
FEMA â€“ Dedicated to the memory of a great federal agency consigned to the ash heap of parody. â€œIf they don’t do anything, we don’t need their acronym.â€ â€“ Josh Hamilton, Tucson, Ariz.
FIRST-TIME CALLER â€“ Preamble often heard on talk radio. â€œI am serious in asking: who in any universe gives a care?â€ â€“ Miguel McCormick, Orlando, Fla.
PASS THE SAVINGS ON TO YOU! â€“ Marketing catch phrase that became a lost-leader long ago. â€œRead: Pass the markup along to you.â€ â€“ C. W. Estes, Roanoke, Tex.
97% FAT FREE â€“ Adventures in delusion. â€œStill has 3% fat . . . accept it.â€ â€“ Andrew Clucas, Canberra, Australia.
AN ACCIDENT THAT DIDN’T HAVE TO HAPPEN â€“ Best-laid mayhem. â€œThis means some accidents need to happen, for whatever reason, I can’t figure.â€ â€” Thomas Price, Orlando, Fla.
JUNK SCIENCE â€“ Banished from the Marketplace of Ideas. â€œIt’s not scientists who are using this phrase so much as the people who practice junk politics.â€ â€“ Ron LaLonde, Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada.
GIT-ER-DONE â€“ (Any of its variations) It’s overdone. â€œThere’s no escaping it. It’s everywhere, from TV to T-shirts,â€ says Amanda Tikkanen of LaGrange, Ind. â€œPlease tell me when we’re done with this one.â€
DAWG â€“ No designer breed here. Someone should wash out this Spot. â€œEven parents are starting to use it!â€ â€“ complains Mrs. Swartz’s Fifth Grade Class in Church Road, Va. â€œThis is species confusion.â€ â€“ Rob Bowers, Santa Clara, Calif. â€œDon’t call me â€˜dawg’! I’m not your pet!â€ â€“ Michael Swartz, Albuquerque, NM.
TALKING POINTS â€“ Cover your ears! â€œTopics which will please those you want to impress.â€ â€“ Michele Mooney, Van Nuys, Calif. Joe Wonsetler of Swanton, Ohio, believes the phrase was created after PR staffers stopped attending seminars on how to put a positive â€˜spin’ on their press releases.
HOLIDAY TREE â€“ Many salvoes were fired during this past season’s â€œwar on Christmas.â€ At the risk of jumping into the breach, the committee feels that â€œHoliday treeâ€ is a silly name for what most folks hold as a Christmas tree, no matter your preference of religion. Thank goodness we all agree on the first day of winter.