2009 List of Banished Words

Lake Superior State University in Michigan has just published its 2009 List of Banished Words, aka the “34th annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness”.

The list started in 1976 and is based on submissions by the general public.

Among this year’s list are:

  • “green” anything
  • carbon footprint and carbon offset
  • maverick
  • bailout
  • Wall Street vs. Main Street (I suppose the Canadian equivalent “Bay Street vs. Main Street” would also qualify)
  • iconic
  • game changer
  • it’s that time of the year again (for making lists?)

The previous lists are archived on the university website.

Cross-posted to Library Boy.

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  1. I would add:

    “in these difficult times” and its variations

    “in these challenging times”

    “in this economic climate”

    ;-)