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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 (Giles) 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 graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.