Thursday, January 02, 2020

45th Annual List of Banished Words

One of my favourite holiday things is Lake Superior State University's annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

This is the 45th year that the institution based in Sault Ste.Marie, Michigan has lovingly compiled and widely disseminated the list.

Apparently the tradition started in late 1975 when "faculty and staff came up with the first list of words and phrases that people love to hate at a New Year’s Eve party in 1975" (sounds plausible).

The Most Nominated Word or Phrase for 2020 has a legal/political dimension to it: "quid pro quo".

And "OK, Boomer" made this year's list.

Groovy.

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