2008 List of Banished Words

January 1, 2008

I am so guilty of some of these that it will be hard to overcome using them… Here are some of my favorites.
‘BLANK’ is the new ‘BLANK’ or ‘X’ is the new ‘Y’ – In spite of statements to the contrary, ‘Cold is (NOT) the new hot,’ nor is ’70 the new 50.’ The idea behind such comparisons was originally good, but we’ve all watched them spiral out of reasonable uses into ludicrous ones and it’s now time to banish them from use. Or, to phrase it another way, ‘Originally clever advertising is now the new absurdity!'” – Lawrence Mickel, Coventry, Connecticut.

BLACK FRIDAY – “The day after Thanksgiving that retailers use to keep themselves out of the ‘red’ for the year. (And then followed by “Cyber-Monday.”) This is counter to the start of the Great Depression’s use of the term ‘Black Tuesday,’ which signaled the crash of the stock market that sent the economy into a tailspin. – Carl Marschner, Melvindale, Michigan.
DECIMATE – Word-watchers have been calling for the annihilation of this one for several years.
“Used today in reference to widespread destruction or devastation. If you will not banish this word, I ask that its use be ‘decimated’ (reduced by one-tenth).” – Allan Dregseth, Fargo, North Dakota.
So good luck and Happy New Year. May this one be a blessing to you.

One comment

  1. Haha, I use “It is what it is” all the time. I doubt I’ll give it up. Who says this obscure college gets to decide what we can and cannot say? 🙂 Have a great New Year, Bud.

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