Sharon Sayler

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I know I’m guilty of using some of this year’s banished words. Are you guilty too?  

Since, we used them in 2010, I guess it was okay. But not now, according to Lake Superior State University, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. LSSU’s 2011 Banished Word List is:

  1. Viral
  2. Epic
  3. Fail
  4. Wow factor
  5. A-ha moment
  6. Back story
  7. BFF
  8. Man up
  9. Refudiate
  10. Mama grizzlies
  11. The American people
  12. I’m just saying’
  13. Facebook and Google (as verbs)
  14. Live life to the fullest

I have to agree these are overused and some I will be happy to see go. Some though, I still like and will have a hard time letting go of such as #14 Live life to the fullest. Now, I don’t think I actually have ever said it quite that way, however I love the concept of waking up everyday and getting everything you can out of it.

I completely disagree with the reason for banning #6 Back story. LSSU’s reason is”…perfectly good word has been used for years. In this case, the word is ‘history…'” Back story does not mean history to me, history (hopefully) is based in truth. When I request “no back story” from someone, it is when I begin to hear that they are locked in a  “vicitim” loop usually based on outside reasons or “a story”. This is not history, this is the story of how they got there-story and history are not interchangable. I know it could be their truth, but I don’t think I’m giving up back story.

To read all the words and the reasons given for putting them on the “Banished List” http://www.lssu.edu/banished/current.php

They are accepting nominations for 2012’s Banished List so keep your ears open. From the LSSU site:  “LSSU accepts nominations for the banished-words list throughout the year. To submit your nomination for the 2012 list, go to http://www.lssu.edu/banished/submit_word.php.”

Please share your thoughts and other words or phrases you would like to see banned below.

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