List of 'banished' words and phrases

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Every year, Lake Superior State University,[1][2] The BBC, New York Times, Time,[3] and other institutions, publish lists of overused words and phrases that they would like to see banned, retired, and avoided. Listed below are some of their selections.

The lists[edit]

2014[4][5] 2013[6][7] 2012[8][9] 2011[10][11] 2010[12][13] 2009[14][15] 2008[16]
selfie fiscal cliff amazing viral shovel-ready green truthiness
twerk kick the can down the road baby bump epic transparent/transparency carbon footprint perfect storm
#hashtag double down shared sacrifice fail czar carbon offset webinar
twittersphere job creators/creation occupy wow factor tweet maverick waterboarding
mister mom passion/passionate blowback aha-moment app First Dude organic
t-bone yolo man cave back story sexting bailout wordsmith/ing
on steroids spoiler alert pet parent bff friend as a verb Wall/Main Street authored
-ageddon bucket list win the future man up teachable moment -monkey post 9/11
-pocalypse trending trickeration refudiate in these economic times icon/iconic surge
intellectually bankrupt superfood ginormous mama grizzlies stimulus game changer give back
morally bankrupt boneless wings thank you in advance the American people toxic assets staycation x is the new y
Obamacare guru netizen I'm just sayin' too big to fail desperate search Black Friday
adversity whatever bro- facebook as verb bromance not so much back in the day
fan base 24/7 #hashtag google as verb chillaxin' winner of x nominations random
passion end of the day LOL/OMG/WTF live life to the fullest Obama- it's that time of the year again sweet
look… world-class boss creative aporkalypse new normal decimate
so… conj. best practices sexting organizational birther unprecedented emotional x
absolutely artisan crepuscular effective conflict minerals exit strategy makes x pop
anyway, adv.conj. brand epic extensive experience Great Recession green shoots it is what it is
hipster gluten-free track record I'mma let you finish historic opportunity under the bus
iconic motivated meep <3

Banned more than once, still at large[edit]

ask for it by name (1999, 2000), awesome (1984, 2007), basically (1984, 1986, 1993), the bottom line (1979, 1992), classic (1982, 1989), enclosed please find (1985, 1989), exact same (1981, 1990), first time ever (1982, 1983), if you will (1984, 1991), incidences (1988, 1993), irregardless (1979, 1988), live audience (1983, 1987, 1990), myself (1990, 1991), on a roll (1984, 1988), ongoing (1984, 1986, 1993), parenting (1978, 1991), proactive (1991, 1993), very unique (1983, 2002), viable alternative (1979, 1992), world class (1982, 1993), yuh know (1978, 1979)[17]

Notes & references[edit]

  1. ^ "'Selfie,' 'twerking' and 'hashtag' make Mich. university's 2014 list of most annoying words", Associated Press in Times-Picayune, December 31, 2013.
  2. ^ "“Selfie” and “twerk” top 2013′s most annoying word list", PBS NewsHour, December 31, 2013.
  3. ^ Jennifer O'Connell, "Ten phrases we Irish could live without. Just saying", Irish Times, January 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "2014 List of Banished Words". Lake Superior State University. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  5. ^ "20 of 2013's most overused words". BBC. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  6. ^ "2013 List of Banished Words". Lake Superior State University. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  7. ^ "Words for the Dumpster". New York Times. 2013-12-28. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  8. ^ "2012 List of Banished Words". Lake Superior State University. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  9. ^ "Poll: What word should be banished in 2012?". Time. 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  10. ^ "2011 List of Banished Words". Lake Superior State University. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  11. ^ "The Most Over-used Business Buzzwords of 2011". Forbes. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  12. ^ "2010 List of Banished Words". Lake Superior State University. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  13. ^ "The Buzzwords of 2009". New York Times. 2009-12-19. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  14. ^ "2009 List of Banished Words". Lake Superior State University. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  15. ^ "‘New Normal’ Tops 2009 List of Overused Phrases". Bloomberg. 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  16. ^ "2008 List of Banished Words". Lake Superior State University. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  17. ^ "Complete List of Banished Words". Lake Superior State University. Retrieved 2014-01-18.