January 28, 2022

Lake Superior State U. Releases 38th Annual List of Banished Words

From LSSU:

The list, compiled from nominations sent to LSSU throughout the year, is released each year on New Year’s Eve. It dates back to Dec. 31, 1975, when former LSSU Public Relations Director Bill Rabe  and some colleagues cooked up the whimsical idea to banish overused words and phrases from the language. They issued the first list on New Year’s Day 1976. Much to the delight of word enthusiasts everywhere, the list has stayed the course into a fourth decade.

Through the years, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which now includes more than 800 entries.

Words on the 2013 List

  • Fiscal Cliff
  • Kick the Can Down the Road
  • Double Down
  • Job Creators/Creation
  • Passion/Passionate
  • YOLO
  • Spoiler Alert
  • Bucket List
  • Trending
  • Superfood
  • Boneless Wings
  • Guru

2013 Nominations and the full list are available here.

See Also: Previous Lists

See Also: LSSU Banished Words Homepage

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