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Words That Should Be Banished
overused, misused, and hackneyed terms

 10:47 pm on Jan 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

A follow-up from THIS [webmasterworld.com] thread.

This story might be epic, and could even go viral, but not if Lake Superior State University has anything to do with it. Just sayin.'

The small college in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, released on Friday its annual list of "banished words" -- terms so overused, misused and hackneyed they deserve to be sent to a permanent linguistic trash can in the year ahead.




 12:29 pm on Jan 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

Our word to be banished would have to be WIDGET!


 4:48 pm on Jan 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

along with example.com?


 4:53 pm on Jan 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

What would we replace them with?


 5:14 pm on Jan 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

I don't know why but "cloud computing" has always annoyed me. Call it what it is: "putting your data in the hands of a third party that may or may not be hacked at some time in the future."

Cliche annoyances come and go. Groovy, gnarly, tubular, right on (with an "up-talk" at the end - in fact, up-talking in general,) and lately "niiiiiice" accompanied by an all knowing groov-ular nod is getting a bit old. :-)


 3:38 am on Jan 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

Cliche annoyances come and go. Groovy, gnarly, tubular, right on...

"Groovy" went? No Way.


 4:37 am on Jan 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

As a fan of old movies (I mean, films) I've really tried to find out what killed off "swell" suddenly around 1947. Overused in the early 40's and extinct by 1950.

I thought swell had come into use around 1930, but I spotted "swell" on a silent movie title card from the early 20s.


I'm giving up on trying to save the word "Problem." It's now been completely replaced by "Issue."

Final straw was hearing an airline pilot on TV a few months ago refer to an engine fire at 30,000 feet as "an issue."

"Groovy" went? No Way.



 4:50 am on Jan 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

Word to be banished "RACIST" - people use it to describe anything said disparaging about anything and anybody from religion to obesity.

Funny thing is, there's only one human race left on the planet, homo sapiens. So unless you're out saying disparaging things about Neanderthals, you're not being racist :)

What we call a "race" is technically a subspecies of the race known as homo sapiens.

It's an emotionally supercharged word always used incorrectly, therefore it needs to be banished.

While you're at it, banish "whatever" too.


 1:04 am on Jan 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

"You know what I'm sayin'" -That phrase should be banned. When people say that, I'm thinking, no, I dun no what u sayin' . Example: I was in my car, you know what I'm sayin', and this other car was like, you know what I'm sayin', backing out and dam you know what I'm sayin'....


 2:27 am on Jan 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

@sleepy_eye, in the play Noises Off, there's a great character for whom "you-know-what-I-mean" IS a word. In the movie version, there's a classic scene where John Ritter (in that role) builds up a great defense, finalizing his point with "It all just seems kind of - you-know-what-I-mean!" Hilarious.


 4:35 pm on Jan 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

I hate the misuse of the word "So". For an example people who start a post as follows:

"So, I built my site with dreamweaver..." It sounds so moronic.


 11:32 am on Jan 24, 2011 (gmt 0)


Maybe it's just me, but the abbreviation of application to 'app' is really starting to grate on me, just because of a little plastic box. Grr! Talk properly!



 6:30 pm on Feb 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

Please include Web 2.0


 5:49 pm on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)





 7:25 pm on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)


And I was just programming an epic fail app for the iphone. Bummer.


 8:42 pm on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi all,

May not be something that needs banishing (yet) but after this last few weeks, If I hear "pre-productionization" once more, and "consolidation", I shall throw something out the window at the quality chaps car - we are going through a management restructuring...



 5:32 pm on Feb 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

"GO" , as in "So, I go...." meaning "I said". And then he goes, "what the ---" and so I go,"!2@%&!" and then etc, etc,etc.

Old Honky, note the "So" I threw in there. You're right, it sounds stupid.

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