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Banished words

Discussion in 'The OT' started by phrelin, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. Jan 1, 2011 #1 of 17
    phrelin

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    Lake Superior State University's 36th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness has been released on their web site, as a number of news stories have noted. They receive nominations on line, then somehow select. While I might have added a few and ignored a couple hoping they'd go away without comment, it's pretty good:
     
  2. Jan 1, 2011 #2 of 17
    AntAltMike

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    I'd like to see the term "equals" confined to mathematics. When I was first involved in interscholastic and intercollegiate policy debate, we used the " = " sign on our notepads to abbreviate more complex relationships between evidence and conclusion that we would then recognize and expand upon when delivering our speeches, but by 1973, the debaters were reading their flowsheet notations, rather than expanding upon them. Money doesn't "equal" speech, free or otherwise, because if it did, then instead of paying my bills with money, I'd pay the with speech.

    It may be possible that the expenditure of money to exercise one's free speech rights may be a right protected by the first amendment, but until someone articulates the relationship between money and speech more clearly, I have no idea what the term, "money equals speech" actually means.
     
  3. Jan 1, 2011 #3 of 17
    QuickDrop

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    Thank goodness Lake Superior State University has saved our language from the barbarians. Everyone knows that changes in language never occur unless approved by some upper authority.
     
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    AntAltMike

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    The preferred expression is "Cowboy up."
     
  5. Jan 1, 2011 #5 of 17
    hdtvfan0001

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    They an add "HD Lite", "Good NFL Officiating", "Politically Correct", and "Red/Blue States" to this list of useless and should-be-canned terms.
     
  6. Jan 1, 2011 #6 of 17
    matt

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    I would like to see the word "times" removed from mathematics. "Then we times it by 4 and that is our answer". :nono2:
     
  7. Jan 1, 2011 #7 of 17
    Stewart Vernon

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    I'm going to be a buzzkill here...

    These "words to ban" lists never actually included misspelled words or words used horribly incorrectly.

    While I hate buzz-words and catch-phrases as much as anyone... at least they are part of the language and while over-used, at least are usually used correctly.

    I would much rather see words banned that deserve it by being used incorrectly or just being made up.

    Like when people say "loose" when they mean "lose" or all the times I hear people say "i could care less" when they clearly mean "i could not care less"... those would be more meaningful bans.
     
  8. Jan 1, 2011 #8 of 17
    Davenlr

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    You are prolly right.
     
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    sigma1914

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    I can't stand watching any pro sport drafts due to the excessive use of the words, "huge potential upside."
     
  10. Drucifer

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    I'm guilty of using google as a verb.
     
  11. HDJulie

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    I also use google as a verb but then I go to Yahoo to do the search :)
     
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    I couldn't care less about meaningful and meaningless.
     
  13. AntAltMike

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    The inverse relationship being, "gozinta".

    - Jethro Bodine

    Another valid use for Gozinta being:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSmE6fVTf5g
     
  14. James Long

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    Sometimes pointing out the absurdity helps ... but sometimes it just introduces the word/phrase to more people.

    My thoughts:

    VIRAL
    I thought this meant "spreading like a virus" and is an apt description of many things that have gone viral. I hadn't considered this definition:
    "I didn't mind much when 'viral' came to mean an under-handed tactic by advertising companies to make their ads look like pop culture. However, now anything that becomes popular on YouTube is suddenly 'viral.' I just don't get it." Kevin Wood, Wallacetown, Ont.
    Marketing being the virus infecting normal information sharing on the internet? Not what I think of seeing viral.

    EPIC
    Totally lame, unless you're a surfer (waves, not web).

    FAIL
    Another one I like ... and historically accurate. It follows the line of putting an F on a paper. Short, simple and usually an accurate description of some action that was not node right.

    WOW FACTOR
    I suppose if it has pizzazz ...

    A-HA MOMENT
    What else do you call a moment when someone finally gets it without using a lot more words? They say "a-ha" ... it is an "a-ha moment".

    BACK STORY
    Another one that has pizzazz.

    BFF
    Another one that is for teens to be embarrassed about ever using in about 20 years ... totally.

    .... political ones skipped ...

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
    I disagree with this one being on the list ... perhaps overused but very descriptive. "Americans" would be simpler.

    I'M JUST SAYIN'
    Kill it. Along with "Not to be rude" or any other way of being saying something rude and pretending that you didn't mean it as rude.

    FACEBOOK / GOOGLE as verbs
    Not completely bad ... perhaps for the English teachers (those who care what a verb is).

    LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST
    Don't they have better words/phrases to banish? I suppose they needed to go for the brass ring and ban this one.


    The English language (even the American language, for those English people who don't want responsibility for what Americans have done) is constantly undergoing change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not. The more acceptable changes are happily added to the vocabulary of those who complained about these words/phrases.

    But it is fun to see what people will complain about.
     
  15. SamC

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    I have looked at this report from this small college every year and its usually funny.

    This year's list seems to be just a random list of anti-computer crudgmugeonism and anti-SP political rants. Epic fail.
     
  16. hdtvfan0001

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    !rolling

    Post of the week. I'm just sayin' :lol:
     
  17. wilbur_the_goose

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    My banned word - SPACE

    As in "Oracle is the leader in the database SPACE".

    2nd place - "SOCIALIZE" (synonym for "to tell")
    3rd place - "INCENT" (verb). Of course, this consultant-speak word isn't found in any dictionary.
     

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