Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Banishing Words?

Lake Superior State University came up with a list of words they would like to see banished in 2011; examples include viral, epic, and a-ha moment. You can find the whole list here.

What do you think? Should certain words be banished? Or do you think the arguments against these words are only for particular uses of the words and not against the words themselves?

More importantly, are there any words you think they left off their list? I'm just sayin'...


  1. I'm pretty sure the case against viral wouldn't include the medical definitions, only the internet-technological-related definition.

    The word "savvy" has always annoyed me. It should definitely be banned. And, I'm certainly against "Mama Grizzlies" and anything else Sarah Palin might have coined, or made popular.

  2. Oh, no! I love the word "savvy". If you hear me say it next semester, don't judge me!

    I agree that "Mama Grizzlies" is a bit odd; then again, I don't know of anyone who uses it outside of making fun of Palin...

    I wonder if the medical community is waiting with bated breath to find out if they can continue using the word "viral" to refer to those medical conditions caused by viruses. (Or is it "viri"?)