January 2, 2007
Banished Words for 2007
Lake Superior State University has published its 32nd annual list of "banished words" for 2007 and it's just awesome (whoops, used a word that was banished over twenty years ago). Here's the complete list.
Edward Willett thinks that the best banishment is the phrase "now playing in theaters" (Where else do we find movies? Laundromats?) The Education in Texas blog likes the fact that combined celebrity names (TomKat, Brangelina) have gotten the boot, as well as "i-ANYTHING," "armed robbery gone bad", and "ask your doctor."
I agree that the term "boasts" has been terribly abused in recent years. The listing explains its dismissal from the language noting that ads for real estate often read "master bedroom boasts his-and-her fireplaces - never 'bathroom apologizes for cracked linoleum,' or 'kitchen laments pathetic placement of electrical outlets.'"
MJ Murphy gives the list the nod and leads us to an interesting list of 1,159 words "not allowed on personalized jerseys at the NFL Shop" because they are offensive. These include some clearly raciest and homophobic terms and names.
David Ringer, inspired by the Lake Superior list, has published a list of Banished Birding words for 2007 which include "x-bill" for "crossbill" and "fallout." Mr. Wave Theory, on the other hand, has used the list to help people clean up their Web 2.0 vocabulary, and the Colbert Nation has acknowledged that its creation of the word "truthiness" has raised the University's ire.
And, finally, something we've written about before, the verbification and genericization of "google" led to the banishment of the term "search."
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