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January 2, 2009

apparently, Lake Superior State University puts out an Annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

who knew?

some of the words on that list…


going green



yah. there are a couple words i don’t like. and if you know me well enough…you know what they are. so, i won’t list them here.

but what word, or words, would you ban?

39 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2009 4:52 am

    I would vote “Fine” of the island. Not only does it not mean what it says (a one word oximoron) but I have bad memories with this word. One time while on business travel I went out to eat and the waiter stops by to ask if I need anything. I shook my head and said “No, no. I’m fine.” He replied with a smile, “Yes you are.”

    So that’s my vote. Fine.

  2. January 2, 2009 6:22 am

    how about “uber”

    don’t like that one.

    I don’t really like “moist” either.

  3. heidi permalink
    January 2, 2009 7:16 am


    Never amount to anything (ok it’s a phrase, take away my birthday)

    eyeliner – (I just poked myself,…ugh)

    God isn’t enough (heard that this week and cringed)

  4. January 2, 2009 7:37 am

    I dunno, but now I wanna find some words I don’t like…..

    hmmmm. How about housework?

  5. January 2, 2009 8:25 am

    Always and Never. To me they are two of the most dangerous and overused words in the lexicon, and generally lies. Yes I said it, they are lies.

    Marxist. Very few people actually know what it means, yet it gets tossed around every election cycle, usually as a synonym for “liberal.”

    Abortion. Slavery. Abuse. Not only would I like to get rid of the words, I’d like to get rid of the activities behind them.

    Myspace. That really needs to go, already.

  6. January 2, 2009 9:12 am

    came to visit you via grit and glory. saw your post on 1.2.09 at 1:something am. i too have been shown great mercy from our Heavenly Father. God is good.always.

  7. January 2, 2009 9:16 am


  8. January 2, 2009 10:00 am

    Oh, I am REALLY sick of any word relating to “green” – those above plus “global crisis,” “environmental concern,” etc…

    Global Warming

    I have never liked the word “exchange” – I was made fun of for saying it poorly in my youth

    Interesting…I have a good friend that HATES the word “moist” too, gremlin-wrangler!

  9. January 2, 2009 10:07 am

    :: organic

  10. mssc54 permalink
    January 2, 2009 10:41 am

    A phrase:

    “All we can do is pray.”

    I think that’s pretty insulting to God.

  11. January 2, 2009 12:50 pm


  12. January 2, 2009 1:06 pm

    “overextended” (hate that word..don’t want to hear it, and I will not ever use it) 😆
    “laundry” ( i think we should wear clothes that we throw away)
    “work” should be substituted with “fun”

  13. January 2, 2009 1:11 pm


    And there are two others that I shall not post, cuz I’m a lady. 🙂

    By the way, hello! This is my first visit to your blog. Nice to meet you.

  14. January 2, 2009 1:44 pm

    It is kind of silly to put out a list of banned words. Isn’t the whole point to not say or write them any longer. So putting a list out seems to keep perpetuating them, doesn’t it?

  15. January 2, 2009 2:55 pm

    Liver (I really hate liver)

    Superstar (You are either a “star” or you are not. Where will these useless superlatives lead to, “super spectacular stupendous star”?)

    Stupid (No person, or idea, is “stupid”. People can demonstrate more or less intelligence, ideas can be good or bad, but stupid is just a lazy word.)

    Poophead (okay maybe this isn’t in the Dictionary, but too many people use it and the mental image is just plain wrong.) 🙂

    I would like to see “splunge” added- points to anyone who can remember the Monty Python reference.

  16. January 2, 2009 2:59 pm

    so a couple of you, commenters 2 & 8, share a dislike for one of my most disliked words. eeewww. too many wrong things about that one!

    jane – yes, He is. always! its good to be on the other side of all that now 🙂

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  18. January 2, 2009 3:52 pm


  19. January 2, 2009 3:55 pm

    you know you love me.

  20. January 2, 2009 3:58 pm

    i wanta date you.

    i mean, my avi does.

    yah. thats it.

  21. January 2, 2009 3:59 pm

    someday we’ll go on a real date, you and i.

  22. January 2, 2009 4:02 pm

    ok. but no nasty talk.

  23. January 2, 2009 4:12 pm

    i’ll keep it clean, don’t worry.

  24. January 2, 2009 4:24 pm

    I’m not overly fond of “tender” either.

    I learned a new word from Grandma Diana that I DO like: “pansa” which means pot belly. I love that word. I really need to get rid of my PANSA so it doesn’t spill over the top of my new jeans.

  25. January 2, 2009 4:53 pm

    Every time my dad is eating a piece of meat he says, “It’s so succulent.”

    Drives me nuts. Sounds so wrong.

  26. January 2, 2009 4:58 pm

    ok, so this might get me banned from your blog, but:

    moist (just noting my agreement)

    that is all

  27. January 2, 2009 5:08 pm

    flaccid…kinda like the uvula???


  28. January 2, 2009 5:12 pm

    and for the record – there are several more words now, thanks to you all, i have a new aversion to.

  29. January 2, 2009 5:14 pm

    sure. absolutely. also I’ve never been too crazy about the word ‘uvula’ itself … but we have to choose our battles.

  30. January 2, 2009 5:14 pm

    the c word for starters
    the f word
    late fees

  31. January 2, 2009 5:15 pm

    oh! oh! also ‘fondle’.


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  33. January 2, 2009 5:17 pm

    i think i spelled that wrong?

  34. Alastair Vance permalink
    January 2, 2009 5:21 pm

    Maverick… if I hear another politician use that word I’ll go nuts.

  35. heidi permalink
    January 2, 2009 6:14 pm

    lice- (a customer was talking about it today, heebie geebies)

  36. January 3, 2009 2:50 am

    Daniel told me the other day that “randy” is another term used for horny…because I was saying how stupid horny sounds. I think Mojito is a good substitute…for any word actually. Like you can just slip it into any sentence when you don’t want to use the correct word you don’t want to say. Seriously.

  37. January 3, 2009 5:33 am

    Hi Tam.

    Green is my favorite color – no fair. 🙂

    Words are so great; I would feel bad telling one that he (or she) was banned. I think my strategy would be to encourage people to delve into the usage of a more expansive vocabulary pool so as to counteract the overexploitation of certain statements in the shallow end of our speech and writing patterns.

    Speaking of words, what would be the term you would use for a person who reads every single one of the inProgress blog posts faithfully on her handy Google Reader but only leaves a comment every once in a while? Maybe… Angie. Ha! Sorry I don’t comment more, but I am with you.

    By the way, I know that you watched the first video I directed people to when I was talking about the orphanage so I thought you might like to see the welcome video page that I just added to my blog. We got a video camera for the family for Christmas so it is my first try at a video all by myself. Anyway – if you want to see and hear me talk it is here: I hope you are having a good year so far.

    Much love!

  38. January 3, 2009 7:10 am

    W- the one that describes some woman, but not all…

    hot- yea, and the word Paris Hilton too…

    don’t ya know—ugh this one makes me cringe

    what’s her name? I hate that term!

    A little bitter for this saturday morning yes, yes.

  39. January 11, 2009 2:13 am

    Nobody said ridonculous? I make the “we have reached the pinnacle of stupidity” face every time I hear that word.

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