Don't Say These Words

Jan 29, 2014 -- 5:58pm


To be perfectly honest, we don't really care what words people say but what do "selfie," "twerking" and "hashtag" have in common? They should all be banned! So say the guardians of the English language, whose day jobs are at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. This group annually takes on the role of word police by collecting a list of words and phrases that we have used so much they have become annoying. The solution? Ban them! Here are 10 of the banned words and phrases on the 2014 list that were winnowed down from hundreds of entries:

A self-snapped picture need not have a name all its own beyond "photograph." It may only be a matter of time before photos of one's self and a friend will become "dualies."

Let's just keep with "shake yer booty"--no need to "twerk" it! Time to dance this one off the stage.

Used when talking about Twitter, but everyone seems to add it to everyday vocabulary. #annoying #stopthat #hashtag #hashtag #hashtag

There cannot possibly be any oxygen there


Mister Mom
This phrase, which comes from the 1983 Michael Keaton movie, "Mr. Mom," should only be used when discussing the film and not men in the real world. It is an insult to the millions of dads who are the primary caregivers for their children. Would we tolerate calling working women Mrs. Dad?

This common way of describing an automobile collision--as in, one car crashes into another car perpendicularly--has now made it from conversation into news reports. Are we making verbs out of a cut of beef?

Anything ---ageddon and ---pocalypse
Many in advertising and news took the words "Armageddon" and "Apocalypse" and then shortened them into worn-out suffixes. Examples: Budgetageddon, Snowpocalypse

Intellectually Bankrupt/Morally Bankrupt
Used by members of each political party when describing members of the other.

Fan base
Why use one word when apparently two are twice as better?

The number one banned words from previous years:

  • 2013: Fiscal Cliff
  • 2012: Amazing
  • 2011: Viral
  • 2010: Shovel-Ready
  • 2009: Green
  • 2008: Perfect Storm
  • 2007: GITMO
  • 2006: Surreal

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