THE BANNED WORDS (AND PHRASES) OF 2010~This may be key to avoiding growls and eye-rolling!

Check out the words deemed worthy of being banned for 2010 by the wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University, who released their 35th annual (deep breath) List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. (By way of a punctuation disclaimer, the punctuation of those words is theirs and not the way I would recommend it, which would be Misuse and Overuse.)

BTW, I just heard an otherwise erudite and gracious-sounding guest on an NPR program today use “Teachable Moment” more than three times in five minutes, and one of the very first callers after she spoke almost growled at the use. So, perhaps this list will help minimize growls for all of us!

The complete 2010 list:

1. Shovel-ready
2. Transparent/Transparency
3. Czar
4. Tweet
5. App
6. Sexting
7. Friend as a verb
8. Teachable Moment
9. In These Economic Times …
10. Stimulus
11. Toxic Assets
12. Too Big to Fail
13. Bromance
14. Chillaxin’
15. Obama as a prefix

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