Lake Superior State puts the bore in borealis.*
A couple weeks ago the university released its
anal annual Banished Words list.
I think the usual commenters ignored it because this list is weak. Particularly. It's predictable and familiar. More'n usual even. It's not really worth arguing against, but it's definitely worth mocking. Here is the skeleton:
in all it's forms. So then are we supposed to start saying adhering to certain standards for processes and materials widely agreed upon as less harmful to the environment? Yes I know that circumlocution is necessary to replace almost any single word. I'm not saying that without a certain word its concept can only be expressed with a ridiculously long phrase. My point: when a word works well and is relevant to a common topic of conversation, and you start getting sick of the topic, don't blame the word.
CARBON FOOTPRINT or CARBON OFFSETTING – "It is now considered fashionable for everyone, tree hugger or lumberjack alike, to pay money to questionable companies to ‘offset’ their own ‘carbon footprint.’ What a scam! Get rid of it immediately!" Ginger Hunt, London, England.
Ms Hunt appears to argue with misguided faith in a hard Sapir-Whorf reading: that we can't think something without a word for it; that getting rid of a word will eradicate the idea it represents. I'm going to stop saying 'Lake Superior State University Banished Words List' starting now. Check in a year from now to see if it worked.
Why waste time complaining about a word that was really just used by one person? OK two people. Next year they're going to banish Ross for Boss.
Representing a heart, or the word love. 'Cuz those dam kids r killing english one keystroke @ a time.
Really? Banishing a phrase like this reminds me of those phrases on Wheel of Fortune that aren't really established phrases
Phrase: SOME ROOM IN THE FREEZER
Around the House: THE TINY HAT IN THE BASEMENT
…but that they have to come up with something because they're running out of ideas:
NOT SO MUCH
Reaching back to 2002 for words to start hating now.
ICON or ICONIC
You're all morons. Or moronic.
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN
And I feel a little dumber for caring.