Lake Superior State University Releases 2015’s Banished Words List
Lake Superior State –- the smallest public university in Michigan -- has released its annual list of banished words.
The list’s proper name is the List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness, and has been a Lake Superior tradition since 1976.
Which words have been banned this year?
This year’s list is pretty on-point, with many of the words being pulled from pop culture.
I've seen this word used everywhere and I have no idea what it means. Thankfully, LSSU has helped me out with that.
"Meaning 'before anyone else.' How stupid! Stop calling your boyfriend 'bae'." -- Evie Dunagan, Manheim, Pa.
Not only was this phrase overused in 2014, it was also one of the most Googled phrases of the year!
"Wasn't it called 'winter' just a few years ago? -- Dawn Farrell, Kanata, Ontario
I blame Justin Bieber for the overuse of this word. Stop it.
"The word has become so overused that it is not 'swag' to not use the word 'swag.'" -– Devin, Farwell, Mich.
This is one of those words that exists in the world that I, personally, cannot stand. Turns out a lot of people agree with me.
"'Someone who enjoys food' applies to everyone on Earth. What's next? 'Oh, I'm an airie; I just love to breathe.' 'Could we do it at 11, instead? I'm kind of a sleepie.'" – Andy Poe, Marquette, Mich.
Do people seriously use this word? I mean, I've used it, but only when mocking someone else. People use this word for real? I have lost faith in humanity.
"I'm sick of hearing myself say this! Must be banned!" –- Roxanne Werly, Traverse City, Mich.
In all, the folks at Lake Superior State have suggested 11 words and a suffix for banishment this year, and I have to say that I agree with pretty much all of them.