What Words Would You Ban?

It’s a New Year. 2011. Wow.

I’m sure we’re all ready to lose weight, stop smoking, cut down on sugar, and start exercising more. Right? We all know that lasts about one week exactly. The moment we realize we were in coma when we agreed to all that resolution stuff.

But, I digress as I often do.

When attempting to jump start my brain this morning, I read a fascinating post on Yahoo this morning about Lake Superior State University’s popular annual list of banished words. Can you guess which word was voted top of the list?


Yea, I was like, “What?” too. I guess the linguists of the world are peeved that this word has been misused so badly that it needs to go into the garbage. Since we are so used to this word being used for YouTube videos or frankly anything that spreads like a disease over the Internet, we forget that this word actually means, “of or pertaining to a virus,” as in “an ultramicroscopic (20 to 300 nm in diameter), metabolically inert, infectious agent that replicates only within the cells of living hosts, mainly bacteria, plants, and animals: composed of an RNA or DNA core, a protein coat, and, in more complex types, a surrounding envelope.” Whew!

Other words that top this list are: “epic,” “fail,” “refudiate,” “wow factor,” and thankfully, “Mama Grizzlies.” There were 14 words in all that were voted to be banned from the English language. You can see all of them here.

This got me thinking, what words would I vote for? Definitely “OMG” as in “oh, em, gee.” I am so sick of that term, I get nauseated at the possible use of it. I would also add “cougar,” “hottie,” and “so” specifically used like this, “I am so not going to the store right now.”

What about you? What words do you think should be banned?