For the last 38 years, Lake Superior State University has been leading the battle against jargon, acronyms, overuse, and pointlessness in the English language. It hasn’t always been a successful fight, but importantly someone’s fighting against garbage words like mancave, viral, and the like. The 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness has been released, and it’s a pretty comprehensive mixed bag of tech jargon, internet speak, trends, and politics.
Adding to the list of nearly 900 banned words are passionate, YOLO, spoiler alert, bucket list, trending, superfood, boneless wings, guru, double down, job creators, and kick the can down the road. As far as I’m concerned, the sooner we can kill off non-ironic usage of YOLO and everyone calling themselves a guru of something, the better. As for boneless wings, I’m okay with them, because it’s all the awesomeness of buffalo wings and none of the distraction of having to eat around a wing bone.
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