2010's Banned Words

Bill Palmer w_a_palmer at BELLSOUTH.NET
Tue Jan 12 18:53:47 UTC 2010

(If this has already been reported on this list, please forgive and delete)

Time magazine's issue of January 18 reports Lake Superior State U's 2010 35th annual "List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use, and General Uselessness" (the list also includes phrases)

1. Shovel-ready
2. Transparent/transparency
3. Czar
4. Tweet
5. App
6. Sexting
7. Friend (as a verb)
8. Teachable moment
10. Stimulus
11. Toxic assets
12. Too big to fail
13. Bromance (?)
14. Chillaxin' (?)
15. Obama (as a prefix)

To these I would add:
1.  It is what it is
2.  At the end of the day
3. Comfortable in his own skin
4. That's a really great question

Bill Palmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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