For 40 years in a row, the LSSU-Nation folks at Lake Superior State University have been curating a cra-cra list of “Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness”.
During last week’s polar vortex, I hacked the entire 800+ word list to understand if the authors should swag for their skill set in choosing words. My takeaway is they are just having fun – and doing a bit of friend-raising.
LSSU’s 2015 list of banished words are:
- Polar Vortex
- Skill Set
- Enhanced Interrogation
- < anything>-Nation
I agree with most of this list but wonder about BAE. Other than Pharrell Williams himself, I don’t think most people over 40 would even know what it means. This begs the question of whether you can banish a word that hasn’t even been established.
Instead of BAE, I would offer up photo-bomb. What would you add?
This blog was originally posted on Manage by Walking Around on January 11, 2015.