Skip to comments.'Banished' words: 'Bae,' 'swag,' 'polar vortex'
Posted on 01/01/2015 8:09:19 AM PST by Brother Cracker
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.,- A Michigan university said its 40th annual list of "banished" words includes "bae," "polar vortex," "hack," "skill set," "swag," and "foodie."
Lake Superior State University said its annual "List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness" was chosen by members of a committee from submissions by the public.
Topping the list this year was "bae," a term of endearment that came into common use this year. "Meaning 'before anyone else.' How stupid! Stop calling your boyfriend 'bae,'" Evie Dunagan of Manheim, Pa., wrote in submitting the word for banishment.
LSSU said it got a head start on banishing the word "Polar Vortex" in the spring, when students "burned" a snowman named "Mr. Polar Vortex."
The school said the word "hack" was banished for "over-use and misuse" stemming from the popularity of tips and tricks dubbed "life hacks."
"Suddenly things that once would have been called 'tips' are now being called 'hacks.' It can't be because the one word is shorter or easier to say; and the actual accepted meanings of 'hack' have nothing to do with suggestions for doing tasks better or more efficiently -- quite the opposite, really," wrote submitter Sharla Hulsey of Sac City, Iowa.
The school said it is finally adding "swag" to the list after receiving numerous nominations during the past few years.
Other words making this year's list include "skill set," "foodie," "curate," "friend-raising," "cra-cra," "enhanced interrogation," "takeaway," and "nation" used as a suffix by sports fans.
Polar vortex was my pet peeve last year. For almost 70 years, all I heard was “dip in the jet stream”. Who knew??
BAE caught me slippin'.
SWAG=Scientific Wild-Assed Guessing. Has for years.
How charming, a new crop of little fascists.
how about MACACA?
Words that should be banished...Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Obama, Boehner, Clinton, Warren...
I’ve just started using “foodie” as I’ve begun making a serious effort to improve my cooking skills and now it’s banned?
I reject this censorship.
Curiously, My bae — who is a foodie — hacked the skill-set required to take a SWAG at the polar vortex.
The “Polar Vortex” was never a real problem. But there is such a thing as the Liberal Vortex which has put a “chill” over the entire country for several decades.
I want to ban anyone who wants to ban anything.
Wow! You excel at the old “use this word in a sentence” drill that was the bane of my childhood.
Don’t these colleges have enough issues on their hands than to waste money of stupid issues such as these?
The problem is that they have too much money and then can use it frivolously.
Hey Yardstick - quite sure you are OK, it’s just these self appointed, and important types that take multiple phone pics and review every morsel they consume, to be the problem here.
They are the “Foodies” in question.
Happy New Year, to you, and yours, in 2015 :)
This from the demographic that doesn’t know to from too.
All things are possible, when your motivation is to piss off Lake Superior State University. :)
Also on the ban list: conservative, christian, truth and God.
“Bae” is more acceptable to me than “baby”, which I never understood. Why call a grown man “baby”?
Not to mention there/their/they're and your/you're. And, my personal favorite: "should of" (as well as "could of" and "would of.")
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