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For 42 years, the wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University have taken their best “guesstimate” and released LSSU’s an annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

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LSSU’s word banishment tradition is now in its fifth decade, and was started by the late W. T. Rabe, a public relations director at Lake Superior State University. Through the years, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which now includes more than 850 entries. This year’s list is culled from nominations received mostly through the university’s website.

So here are in 2017; You sir… please stop saying these:

You, Sir Hails from a more civilized era when duels were the likely outcome of disagreements. Today, we suffer on-line trolls and Internet shaming.

Town Hall Meeting – Candidates seldom debate in town halls anymore. Needs to be shown the door along with “soccer mom(s)” and “Joe Sixpack” (banned in 1997).

Guesstimate – When guess and estimate are never enough.

On Fleek – Anything that is on-point, perfectly executed, or looking good. Needs to return to its genesis: perfectly groomed eyebrows.

Bigly – Did the candidate say “big league” or utter this 19th-Century word that means, in a swelling blustering manner? Who cares? Kick it out of the echo chamber!

Ghost – To abruptly end communication, especially on social media. Is it rejection angst, or is this word really as overused as word-banishment nominators contend? Either way, our committee feels the pain.

Dadbod – The flabby opposite of a chiseled-body male ideal. Should not empower dads to pursue a sedentary lifestyle.

Selfie Drone – In what could be an ominous development, the selfie – an irritating habit of constantly photographing and posting oneself to social media – is being handed off to a flying camera. How can this end badly?

Find the complete list here: lssu.edu

(Source: Lake Superior State University)

Also See: So, Here It Is – LSSU’s 41st Annual List Of ‘Banished Words’ &  Lake Superior State University’s Banished Words for 2015

 

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