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.
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.
GITMO -- The US military's shorthand for a base in Cuba drives a wedge wider than a split infinitive. [Almost as annoying as POTUS]
COMBINED CELEBRITY NAMES -- Celebrity duos of yore -- BogCall (Bogart and Bacall), Lardy (Laurel and Hardy), and CheeChong (Cheech and Chong) -- just got lucky. [I hate Brangelina AND TomKat]
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." ["Dude" should be banned in unison with this one]
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. [Huh?]
PWN or PWNED -- Thr styff of lemgendz: Gamer defeats gamer, types in "I pwn you" rather than I OWN you. [Don't understand this one at all]
NOW PLAYING IN THEATERS -- Heard in movie advertisements. Where can we see that, again? [Not bothered at all by this one]
WE'RE PREGNANT -- Grounded for nine months. [Hate it]
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. [Hmmm]
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?" [An explanation gone bad]
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. [I hated this one back in 2005 WHEN it was cool]
ASK YOUR DOCTOR -- The chewable vitamin morphine of marketing. [Advice more people should follow. Ok, ok... I work in the pharma industry, which is who uses this one. So no wonder I do not mind this one.]
CHIPOTLE – Smoked dry over medium heat. [I concur]
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 on…tune in…and drop out." [iAgree]
SEARCH -- Quasi-anachronism. Placed on one-year moratorium. [Have to look this one up on Google]
HEALTHY FOOD -- Point of view is everything. [What's this?]
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.'" [This blog boasts the largest collection of useless information in the Bronx]