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2008 Banished Word ListPosted Friday, January 2, 2009, at 7:16 AM
In an attempt to cheer myself up after the holidays, I decided to look up the list of most misused words of 2008. I heard part of it on KFVS this morning. See what you think of this list:
Lake Superior State University 2009 List of Banished Words
* Green- Number One nominated word on the list. Includes phrases like "going green," "building green," "green technology."
* Carbon footprint- A politically correct word to describe damage done to the environment.
* Maverick- We remember this term from the recent presidential race, don't we?
* First Dude- This reference to Sarah Palin's husband was objectionable to some people because of its "teeny bopper" sound.
* Wall Street/Main Street- Who didn't get tired of hearing this one?
* Icon or iconic- These words are mostly overused in the entertainment industry.
* Game changer- This cliche is overused in the news media, political arena and in business.
* Staycation- I've used this one myself, but my thinking is that the newly-created word is a practical one for making vacationers feel as if they've made a wise choice in hard economic times.
* Desperate search- I disagree with this one. I haven't really heard it much.
* Not so much- I have not so much to say for this phrase, either...
* Winner of five nominations- Another choice that I find puzzling. Surely there are better choices for the top 12 list.
* It's that time of year again- I agree with this final choice. Newscasters are particularly guilty of overusing this phrase.
That's the end of the list, but I feel sure we could improve on it. I would add the word most overused in the election: change.
From atop the cold, gray hills of Tillman, Missouri, this is your rural reporter, Madeline, wishing she had a good cup of coffee.
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Madeline DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at 573-722-5322.