The Words You Want to Banish in 2012

banished words of 2012, swag, sustainable, random, nightmare, trollLast week, we discussed the suggested list of Banished Words for 2012, a list of words developed by a former journalist at Lake Superior State University in Michigan of words that were misused, overused, and abused in 2011 that should not be used in 2012.

This list is designed to capture an ort of our collective unconscious: the words that have become so a part of our temporary lexicon that we – newscasters, television writers, sports announcers, bloggers – cannot help but use them. Many of our fans did not like the idea of censoring any word use or diction, but of course we’re not talking about removing words or actually censoring select words. (Read of discussion of when words are removed from the dictionary here.)

Many of you also understood where the impetus of the list was coming from and suggested words to add. The most popular addition by far was the word “epic.” As Preston pointed out, the word “epic” originally referred to epic poems, from the Greek word epikos meaning “word or story.” Epic was on the banished word list for last year 2011, but the word obviously wasn’t banished well enough as frustration with it continues.

Many other proposed additions have been banished in past years, including: like (1997), LOL (2004), random (2008), brand (2004) and not so much (2009). One word “basically” has appeared on lists three separate years in 1984, 1986, and 1993.

Some of our favorite suggestions for additions are:
Ask (as a noun)
Not gonna lie
At this point in time
That’s what she said
Channel your inner _______
I know, right?
Trend (verb)
All options are on the table
Bucket list
No worries
No problem

What others would you include? And what less-used words would you suggest that people replace the banished terms with? Let us know.

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