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Words "viral" and "epic" consigned to college trash
Reuters ^ | 12/31/2010 | Ros Krasny

Posted on 01/02/2011 6:47:58 AM PST by speciallybland

This story might be epic, and could even go viral, but not if Lake Superior State University has anything to do with it. Just sayin.'

The small college in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, released on Friday its annual list of "banished words" -- terms so overused, misused and hackneyed they deserve to be sent to a permanent linguistic trash can in the year ahead.

"Viral," often used to describe the rapid spreading of videos or other content over the Internet, leads the list for 2011.

"This linguistic disease of a term must be quarantined," Kuahmel Allah of Los Angeles said in making a nomination.

Runners-up included "epic" and "fail," often twinned to describe a blunder of monumental proportions.

A total of 14 words were on the list.

Cliched terms such as "wow factor," "a-ha moment," "back story" and "BFF" (Best Friends Forever) rated highly. The very au courant use of "Facebook" and "Google" as verbs got a thumbs down as well.

As usual, election-cycle zingers and catchwords quickly look as worn out as last year's campaign posters.

In that vein, voters suggested the banning of "Mama Grizzlies," used to describe right-wing female politicians in the mold of Sarah Palin, and "man up," famously used by Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharon Angle in a testy debate with Democrat Harry Reid and a favorite Palin expression as well.

"A stupid phrase when directed at men. Even more stupid when directed at a woman, as in 'Alexis, you need to man up and join that Pilates class!'" said Sherry Edwards of Clarkston, Michigan.

Previous winners and nominees include the terms "shovel ready" for 2010, "battleground states" for 2005, "24/7" for 2000 and "family values" for 1995.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: epic; fail; viral; words

1 posted on 01/02/2011 6:48:02 AM PST by speciallybland
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To: speciallybland
I vote for "really?" delivered with that smarmy lilt.

Annoying.

2 posted on 01/02/2011 6:51:24 AM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: speciallybland

They say that the phrase “American people” needs to be trashed also. Welcome to our American education system.


3 posted on 01/02/2011 6:54:00 AM PST by RC2
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To: speciallybland

I do have words on my list that annoy me, but I was listening to this on Fox and Friends this morning and it occurred to me; what sort of group or people decide for the rest of us what words should be banned? Seems the height of self importance to decide that because they are tired of a word of phrase it is worthy of the trash heap.
For instance, I think the use of sammy for sandwich is infantile. On the other hand, when I hear an adult use it, it also tells me something useful about them. :)


4 posted on 01/02/2011 6:59:58 AM PST by brytlea
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To: speciallybland

“progressive”.

when they’re going backwards,

it’s hard to imagine progress in the making.


5 posted on 01/02/2011 7:04:16 AM PST by ken21 (gop = stupid party, dems = evil party.)
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To: brytlea
For instance, I think the use of sammy for sandwich is infantile. On the other hand, when I hear an adult use it, it also tells me something useful about them. :)

I've never heard "sammy" used for "sandwich". However, I have heard "sammich" which is equally annoying.
6 posted on 01/02/2011 7:06:22 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: speciallybland

I nominate “sustainable” and “climate change.”


7 posted on 01/02/2011 7:07:29 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Glenn

What will happen to Epic Bearded Man?


8 posted on 01/02/2011 7:08:07 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: ken21

Letting Leftists Limit Language
http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/09/letting_leftists_limit_languag.html


9 posted on 01/02/2011 7:10:31 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: speciallybland
If Kuahmel Allah wants censorship he should go back to whereever his namesake resides...we have a first amendment clause here.

This message should to VIRAL in EPIC proportions....LOL
10 posted on 01/02/2011 7:12:47 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: speciallybland

Sometimes bastardizing the English language to make a point is effective. For instance, I like the contraction of the word government (gub’ment) when speaking of people who have become dependent upon taxpayer money to meet their basic needs.


11 posted on 01/02/2011 7:13:55 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Jack Hydrazine

How about “green”. Every time I hear that, I want to vomit green.


12 posted on 01/02/2011 7:14:17 AM PST by Mouton
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To: Glenn
"Hopefully"

"at the end of the day"

"focus like a laser"

13 posted on 01/02/2011 7:26:04 AM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: Mouton

How about “empower” and “liberal”?


14 posted on 01/02/2011 7:26:17 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: speciallybland

10 Words I’m tired of Hearing
http://blog.pappastax.com/index.php/2010/12/10/ten-words-im-tired-of-hearing/


15 posted on 01/02/2011 7:27:38 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: speciallybland

The word most in need of being consigned to the trash heap is “diversity”. But if that happened, these academic sorts would be unable to speak for more than fifteen seconds without becoming confounded and tongue-tied.


16 posted on 01/02/2011 7:27:52 AM PST by Will88
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To: brytlea

How Liberals Use Words to Hide Their True Intent
http://floridapundit.com/2010/09/how-liberals-use-words-to-hide-their-true-intent/


17 posted on 01/02/2011 7:29:18 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: speciallybland
Progressive. Regressing back to governmental control and tyranny is hardly "progressive". Although I do love to make the comparison of progressive politics to progressive diseases like cancer that keeps on getting worse and worse until it kills you.
18 posted on 01/02/2011 7:38:22 AM PST by KarlInOhio (All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education. -Frederic Bastiat)
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To: SamAdams76
word government (gub’ment)

As a child I noticed some folks very dear to me, used the pronounciation "gub'ment". They also said "ink-em tax".

I remember noticing my own sense of fondness and appreciation for President Reagan when I heard him use the same while he was Governor.

I don't think I had much use for politicians before that.

19 posted on 01/02/2011 7:41:31 AM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: speciallybland

How about ¨moderate muslim¨?


20 posted on 01/02/2011 8:04:41 AM PST by onedoug
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To: speciallybland
If you axe me, the word axe when it should be ask bugs the beejeebers out of me.
21 posted on 01/02/2011 8:20:07 AM PST by fone (never give up, never give in)
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To: speciallybland

I think the phrase “hope-and-change” has effectively gone into the trash heap...


22 posted on 01/02/2011 8:23:32 AM PST by mikrofon ('s wordplay)
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To: Will88
The word most in need of being consigned to the trash heap is “diversity”.

and i am tired of "multicultural..." or anything culture... business culture, counter culture, cross culture... street culture... culture no longer means "to cultivate."

23 posted on 01/02/2011 8:29:11 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: speciallybland

Whatever.....:\


24 posted on 01/02/2011 8:43:04 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: speciallybland
I never used "epic" and "viral" before, but I think I will try to epically pepper them into every viral sentence from now on.
25 posted on 01/02/2011 8:52:49 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: speciallybland

These are the little word pet peeves that I stroke and nurture. Ha!

Worst is the 17 year old palilogy of the use of “real” in advertising. “Real this. Real that. Real overused.”

“Comprehensive”
“At the end of the day”
“Look” - always put before a statement (Rove/Hannity do it constantly.)
Misuse/overuse of word “literally” by jouralists (”Ya know, like, they literally misuse it, like, a million times - literally.”)
“Could care less” (Really? How much less could he care?)
“Irregardless”
“Cheers!” (As a salutation by Americans in emails or posts)


26 posted on 01/02/2011 9:14:01 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: speciallybland
lol. People will get about a bazillion times the usage out of "viral" and "epic fail" as they do out of "Lake Superior State University " so which words should be banished to the trash heap???

The kind of people who ban words are the kind of people who will eventually ban and burn books.

27 posted on 01/02/2011 10:24:13 AM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Insane, Corrupt Democrats or Stupid, Spinless Republicans - Pick America's poison.)
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To: speciallybland

For me the absolute worst is “decadent.” Unless we’re talking about late-19th century poets, the word “decadent” should be struck from the English language. We have taught a generation of children that “decadent” means “really yummy.”


28 posted on 01/02/2011 10:29:24 AM PST by denydenydeny (Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak-Adams)
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To: Carpe Cerevisi

I think maybe Rachel Ray (who I never watch) started with sammich, and now it has evolved into the even more revolting sammy. If you are 3, it’s sorta cute. If you are over 5 it’s stupid and makes you sound like you don’t want to be a grown up (which now that I think about probably means you vote democrat!) :)


29 posted on 01/02/2011 10:53:41 AM PST by brytlea
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Excellent. Of course, the problem is most people have a difficult time really thinking.


30 posted on 01/02/2011 10:57:40 AM PST by brytlea
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To: SamAdams76

And I always think it sounds dumb (not that you can’t use it to your hearts content, and not that I think YOU are dumb. It just grates on me—altho not as much as “gooberment”) That’s why I think these lists are silly. One person’s list of words that should be banned are another person’s list of good describers (and that is likely not a good word! LOL)


31 posted on 01/02/2011 11:00:23 AM PST by brytlea
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To: denydenydeny

I thought it meant chocolate...


32 posted on 01/02/2011 11:03:00 AM PST by brytlea
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To: speciallybland

I vote for “anal” when the words neat, particular, fastidious, obsessive, or persnickety would be appropriate.


33 posted on 01/02/2011 11:41:10 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: speciallybland
Could the use of "gay" to describe a homosexual be banned too?

The word means "happy", liberals be damned.

34 posted on 01/02/2011 1:03:28 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: speciallybland

They can’t be series.

If so, this is hugh.


35 posted on 01/03/2011 8:52:56 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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