Lake Superior State University has released their 33rd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. As you read through this goodness the folks at LSU would like you to remember that "Over the years, some copycat lists have made an appearance, but LSSU's list was first." Furthermore, the folks at LSSU obviously consider themselves quite funny, as their prelude to the list of overused words includes this cliche-laden sentence: "In this spirit, LSSU presents its 2008 list, a perfect storm of overused and abused words and phrases that pops organic, to a post-9/11 world decimated by webinars." Duly noted.
Here, then, are the words that the Queen's English says no to this year:
- Perfect Storm
- Post 9/11
- Give Back
- Black Friday
- Back in the Day
- It is What it Is
- Under the Bus
Some of these I understand and hear way too much myself (webinar being at the tippy top of the list in my day to day work) but others I don't get at all. Under the bus? I've rarely heard this used...ever. Perfect storm? Other than the book and then the horrible film that followed, I've never heard this used on a regular basis. Have you? And while I'll agree that "it is what it is" may be used too much or is perhaps a non-sequitur, I firmly believe it captures the very essence of zen buddhism and so I reject this addition to the list. I reject it wholesale.
For some rather funny explanations and voter-provided reasons behind the selected words, go see the list and enjoy.
Ah, 2008 is off to a precarious start!