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Banished Words of 2012

The activist grammarians at Lake Superior State University have released their 2012 List of Banished Words, a collection of overused, abused and fake words that infected our language this year.

The hardboiled English monitors singled out a host of words, including “amazing,” “baby bump,” “man cave” and “occupy.” What words would you like to banish from the English language next year?

In a clever twist, the press release utilized many of the banished terms: “Lake Superior State University released its 37th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness, an amazing list that is bound to generate some blowback. ‘Worn-out words and phrases are the new normal this year, but with some shared sacrifice, we can clean up the language and win the future,’ said an LSSU representative.” (Via Huffington Post)

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