LSSU Continues Its New Year Tradition With 40th List Of Banished Words


Since January 1st, 1976, Lake Superior State University has published an annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. Beginning as a list of words and phrases that people love to hate compiled at a New Year’s Eve party in 1975, the university continued to create the list for 40 years. This year’s list includes the words bae (which means ‘before anyone else’), the weather phenomena polar vortex, hack, skill set, swag, foodie, curate (and the pasts tense curated), friend-rasing, cra-cra (as in crazy), enhanced interrogation, the suffix for suffering sports fans –nation, and takeaway. LSSU is awaiting nominations for there 2016 list at http://lssu.edu/banished.

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