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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 06:09 PM
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Has your favorite word been banned?
First, the story so you know what the hell I'm talking about:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070101/ap_on_fe_st/banned_words
Irritating, worn-out words of '06 banned

DETROIT - If the media's habit of combining celebrity names didn't cause word watchers enough heartburn in 2006, the past year had plenty of other words and phrases that language purists wish had "gone missing."

<snip>

The university's word watchers had no use for "truthiness," the word popularized by Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert. It was selected as the word that best summed up 2006 in an online survey by dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster.

The list, which in recent years has included such gems as "show me the money, "erectile dysfunction" and "holiday tree," is closing in on its 1,000th banishment. And despite the university's vigilance, university spokesman Tom Pink said he's not aware that any dictionaries have followed its advice.

"Sometimes people write us and tell us, 'This isn't working,'" Pink said. "I tell them we need an enforcement division."





Here is the writing from Lake Superior State University's website:


http://www.lssu.edu/banished/

Lake Superior State University Banished Words List
NOW PLAYING IN THEATERS

Lake Superior State University proposes an exit strategy for 2006: the 32nd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.

On Dec. 31, 1975, former LSSU Public Relations Director Bill Rabe and some colleagues cooked up the whimsical idea to banish overused words and phrases and issued the first list on New Year's Day. Much to the delight of word enthusiasts everywhere, the list has stayed the course into a fourth decade.

Through the years, LSSU has received thousands of nominations for the list, which is closing in on its 1000th banishment.

This year's list is culled from more than 4,500 nominations received mostly through the university's website, www.lssu.edu/banished. Word-watchers target pet peeves from everyday speech, as well as from the news, fields of education, technology, advertising, politics and more. A committee makes a final cut in late December. The list is released on New Year's Day.

So gitmo chipotle-flavored eggnog, curl up with an undocumented alien, and cut-and-run to the 2007 list. It won't be coming to a theater near you.




HERE IS THE LIST:

GITMO -- The US military's shorthand for a base in Cuba drives a wedge wider than a split infinitive.

"When did the notorious Guantanamo Bay Naval Base change to 'Gitmo,' a word that conjures up an image of a fluffy and sweet character from a Japanese anime show?" -- Marcus W., St. Louis, Missouri.

COMBINED CELEBRITY NAMES -- Celebrity duos of yore -- BogCall (Bogart and Bacall), Lardy (Laurel and Hardy), and CheeChong (Cheech and Chong) -- just got lucky.

"It's bad enough that celebrities have to be the top news stories. Now we've given them obnoxious names such as 'Bragelina,' 'TomKat' and 'Bennifer.'" -- M. Foster, Port Huron, Michigan.

"It's so annoying, idiotic and so lame and pathetic that it's 'lamethetic.'" -- Ed of Centreville, Virginia.

AWESOME -- Given a one-year moratorium in 1984, when the Unicorn Hunters banished it "during which it is to be rehabilitated until it means 'fear mingled with admiration or reverence; a feeling produced by something majestic." Many write to tell us there's no hope and it's time for "the full banishment."

"The kind of tennis shoes you wear, no matter how cute, don't fit the majestic design of the word." -- Leila Hill, Damascus, Maryland.

"That a mop, a deodorant or a dating service can be called 'awesome' demonstrates the limited vocabularies of the country's copywriters." -- Tom Brinkmoeller, Orlando, Florida.

"Overused and meaningless.' My mother was hit by a car.' Awesome. 'I just got my college degree.' Awesome." -- Robert Bron, Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand.

GONE/WENT MISSING -- "It makes 'missing' sound like a place you can visit, such as the Poconos. Is the person missing, or not? She went there but maybe she came back. 'Is
missing' or 'was missing' would serve us better." -- Robin Dennis, Flower Mound, Texas.

PWN or PWNED -- Thr styff of lemgendz: Gamer defeats gamer, types in "I pwn you" rather than I OWN you.

"This word is just an overly used Internet typo. It has been overused to the point that people who play online games are using it in everyday speech." -- Tory Rowley, Corunna, Michigan.

NOW PLAYING IN THEATERS -- Heard in movie advertisements. Where can we see that, again?

"How often do movies premiere in laundromats or other places besides theaters? I know that when I want to see a movie I think about going to a shoe store." -- Andrea May, Shreveport, Louisiana.

WE'RE PREGNANT -- Grounded for nine months.

"Were men feeling left out of the whole morning sickness/huge belly/labor experience? You may both be expecting, but only one of you is pregnant." -- Sharla Hulsey, Sac City, Iowa.

"I'm sure any woman who has given birth will tell you that 'WE' did not deliver the baby." -- Marlena Linne, Greenfield, Indiana.

UNDOCUMENTED ALIEN -- "If they haven't followed the law to get here, they are by definition 'illegal.' It's like saying a drug dealer is an 'undocumented pharmacist.'" -- John Varga, Westfield, New Jersey.

ARMED ROBBERY/DRUG DEAL GONE BAD -- From the news reports. What degree of "bad" don't we understand? Larry Lillehammer of Bonney Lake, Washington, asks, "After it stopped going well and good?"

TRUTHINESS "This word, popularized by The Colbert Report and exalted by the American Dialectic Society's Word of the Year in 2005 has been used up. What used to ring true is getting all the truth wrung out of it." -- Joe Grimm, Detroit, Michigan.

ASK YOUR DOCTOR -- The chewable vitamin morphine of marketing.

"Ask your doctor if 'fill in the blank' is right for you! Heck, just take one and see if it makes you 'fill in the blank' or get deathly ill." -- R.C. Amundson, Oakville, Washington.

"I don't think my doctor would appreciate my calling him after seeing a TV ad." -- Peter B. Liveright, Lutherville, Maryland.

CHIPOTLE Smoked dry over medium heat.

"Prior to 2005 . . . a roasted jalapeno. Now we have a 'chipotle' burrito with 'chipotle' marinated meat, 'chipotle' peppers, sprinkled with a 'chipotle' seasoning and smothered in a 'chipotle' sauce. Time to give this word a rest." Rob Zeiger, Bristol, Pennsylvania.

i-ANYTHING -- 'e-Anything' made the list in 2000. Geoff Steinhart of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, says tech companies everywhere have picked this apple to the core. "Turn ontune inand drop out."

"Banish any word that starts with it. i am just tired of it. it's getting old. -- Brad Butler, Adrian, Michigan.

SEARCH -- Quasi-anachronism. Placed on one-year moratorium.

"Might as well banish it. The word has been replaced by 'google.'" -- Michael Raczko, Swanton, Ohio.

HEALTHY FOOD -- Point of view is everything.

Someone told Joy Wiltzius of Fort Collins, Colorado, that the tuna steak she had for lunch "sounded healthy." Her reply: "If my lunch were healthy, it would still be swimming somewhere. Grilled and nestled in salad greens, it's 'healthful.'"

BOASTS -- See classified advertisements for houses, says Morris Conklin of Lisboa, Portugal, as in "master bedroom boasts his-and-her fireplaces -- never 'bathroom apologizes for cracked linoleum,' or 'kitchen laments pathetic placement of electrical outlets.'"



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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 08:05 PM
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1. What the heck is a "quasi-anachronism"? Either it's an anachronism or it's not.
They should have banished that instead of the word "search." Are they aware that search has meanings other than those having to do with the internet?

Earlier this evening I searched for my misplaced phone charger. Whas I supposed to say I googled my phone charger?

What they SHOULD ban is the wanton verbing of nouns. (And yes, I realize that verb is not a verb).

Office, internet, church. Those are all nouns, people! Nouns!

I was watching a show called American Eats earlier today that described the packaging process of some snack food or other. When cardboard boxes are full of bags of the food, the boxes are "palletized." Yes, you heard me. Palletized.
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 08:17 PM
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2. And "gift" as a verb. Even as part of "regift." No, ESPECIALLY when used as part of "regift."
Edited on Mon Jan-01-07 08:18 PM by Redstone
Access as a verb.

But the language sticklers / computer nerds really need to give up on one thing they've been holding to for way too long: Guys, face it. Data isn't plural anymore. Everybody but you says something like "The census data tells us the the American population is growing.

Redstone
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 08:20 PM
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3. Oh, yes. Gift.
It is a noun. I completely agree!
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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 08:22 PM
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4. I am singularly grateful for the end of... COMBINED CELEBRITY NAMES
:scared: I can't imagine what they'll come up with that will be as bad as TomKat. :scared:
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 08:24 PM
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5. I hate that too.
Soap fans also do it with their favorite soap couples. Using Days Of Our Lives as an example, Sami and Lucas became Lumi. Shawn and Mimi were Shimi; Shawn and Belle are Shelle. STOP THIS MADNESS and STOP IT now.

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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 08:25 PM
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7. I shoulda married you
:hug:

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Danger Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 08:25 PM
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6. About fuckin time...
that names like 'TomKat' and 'Brangelina' are banned. I fucking hate that fucking bullshit. HATE IT.
And 'Chipotle' too, for that matter. Sick of hearing it all the time. Get rid of it.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 08:30 PM
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8. yay! 'fiddlesticks' has not been banned...
unless it was banned in some year previous maybe :dunce:
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