Lake Superior State University recently published its 42nd annual list of banished words. The school takes public suggestions for words or phrases that should be torched for “Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.”
Here at Seeing Red AZ we have a few favorite non-favorites:
Amazing and Awesome: These ultimate inanities, particularly foolish when used by anyone over 12, remain on the list. Sorry, although you love them, your grandchildren aren’t amazing. Awesome is not the appropriate reply when you actually mean “good.” Awesome is the Grand Canyon.
Reaching out: The touchy-feely newly popular way to say “contacted.”
Went missing: Foolish term frequently used in news reports of someone lost or has disappeared. Our question is, did the person who went missing decide to go there as though they went to the corner store? Cut it out, Dick Tracy.
Walk it back: Reverse an action or decision
Price point: A useless non specific price, with a haughty sound. “What is your price point?”
Fake news:: News your opponent doesn’t like.
Issues: Have you noticed no one has problems anymore? They have issues.
Emerging: As in progressing, moving forward. Have you emerged yet or are you just on your way?
Schooled: How about using correct English and say, “Taught”?
Transformative: Wow! This thing or person is so great it/they will transform your life. Does it get any better than that?
Hitler: Conservatives who are disliked by the left suddenly morph into a genocidal maniac, who used showers that spewed deadly gas instead of water, starvation and gruesome medical experiments to destroy millions of men, women and children in Germany and Poland. Massive crematoriums were constructed to burn the bodies of the victims. Hitler’s SS troops first extracted the gold fillings from their teeth before his ethnic extermination began. Nazis also fancied lampshades made of human skin. Memo to AZ Republic “cartoonist,” Steve Benson: Donald Trump is NOT Hitler.
Homophobe and Racist: The phobe part is derived from phobia, meaning intense fear. Have you ever met anyone who actually fears homosexuals? Neither have we.
Racist is the ultimate insult, often used by the left to describe anyone who disagrees with them. Trying to defend yourself against a charge of racism or bigotry falls into the same category as answering the question, “When did you stop beating your wife?” It’s impossible to win when liberals hurl labels. They also make up words. Nativist (desirous of secure national borders) and Birther (questioning the actual birthplace of Obama) are prime examples. Once those are yoked around your neck, it’s over.
Foodie: A person with a particular interest in food. That should include as all.
Hack: No longer is this word confined to technology, a sputum filled cough or using an axe to chop wood. Hack has recently morphed into a clever trick to make life easier.
Texting has had an impact, which has sadly pushed the kids aside as adults now use abbreviations and acronyms to “speak” with each other, although they are, in fact, choosing not to speak at all.
We welcome our reader’s additions to this list.
Happy New Year!