“Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness” 2016 Edition

LSSUlogoI look forward to this annual offering from Lake Superior State University.  From LSSU’s media release: “The tradition created by the late W. T. Rabe, former public relations director at Lake Superior State University, is now in its fifth decade. Compilers hope this year’s list will be so popular that it will break the Internet.  ‘Overused words and phrases are ‘problematic’ for thousands of Queen’s English ‘stakeholders,’” said an LSSU spokesperson while ‘vaping’ an e-cigarette during a ‘presser.’  Once something is banished, there’s no ‘walking it back;’ that’s our ‘secret sauce,’ and there’s no ‘price point’ for that’.”

Here’s the 2016 list, including such insults the English language as, “stakeholder” (I’ve used it), “vape” (“vaping” has always struck me as a 1990s trend that was 20 years late in the arriving; it’s easy for me to envision flannel-clad folk vaping at Internet Cafes with that Marcy Playground song on in the background), and “price point” (this one’s been wearing out it’s welcome for at least 5 years; happy to see it go).


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