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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:

  • BAE
  • Polar Vortex

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  • Hack
  • Skill Set
  • Swag
  • Foodie
  • Curate
  • Friend-raising
  • Cra-Cra
  • Enhanced Interrogation
  • Takeaway
  • < 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?

Check out more banished words from 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011.


This blog was originally posted on Manage by Walking Around on January 11, 2015.

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