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Banned Words Of 2010: 15 Terms That Should Be Banished This Year

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:05 PM ET


Here's another New Year's resolution to add to your list: scrub 15 "overused" and "useless" words from your vocabulary.

Lake Superior State University
has issued a list of the top 15 words that it thinks deserve to be banished in 2010.

LSSU explains,

Former LSSU Public Relations Director Bill Rabe and friends created "word banishment" in 1975 at a New Year's Eve party and released the first list on New Year's Day. Since then, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which includes words and phrases from marketing, media, education, technology and more.

Word-watchers may check the alphabetical "complete list" on the website before making their submissions.

Here's the university's 35th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness:

* Shovel-ready

* Transparent/Transparency

* Czar

* Tweet

* App

* Sexting

* Friend as a verb

* Teachable moment

* In these economic times ...

* Stimulus

* Toxic assets

* Too big to fail

* Bromance

* Chillaxin'

* Obama-prefix or roots

UPDATE: The following are some words that HuffPost readers think should be added to the list. Got more suggestions? Send them in using the Participate button below!

zamelia: LOL

sandmadd: Awesome, Cool

facereplacer: Fundamental

TaurusRose: Progressive

ThreeCrows: Metrosexual

CherryIce1988: Adding "Gate" onto any scandal

Ericjm: That being said

Ericjm: At the end of the day

EllisDean: Fugly

John_Hagenbrok: Epic

kostya: Moving forward

Tell us what words you want to ban in 2010!
Banned Words Of 2010

Click participate, type in the word you'd like to banish (and a description of why, if you'd like), then click submit!


Filed by Bianca Bosker  |