Banish These

Lake Superior State University has issued its list of words to be banished in 2017, otherwise known as “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.” I won’t repeat all of it, but here are my “favorites” followed by the school’s explanation for the choice:

  • focus, good word, but overused when concentrate or look at would work fine.  See 1983’s banishment of, We Must Focus Our Attention.
  • on fleek, anything that is on-point, perfectly executed, or looking good. Needs to return to its genesis: perfectly groomed eyebrows.
  • disruption, nominators are exhausted from 2016’s disruption. When humanity looks back on zombie buzzwords, they will see disruption bumping into other overused synonyms for change.

The committee also chose listicle, which I thought was hypocritical since that’s what they used and I’m using here.

Here’s what I want banished. They were on my list for 2015 

  • brand, except when referring to cattle
  • team unless it’s a sports reference
  • metrics, limit this one to meters in poetry
  • price point, drop the point
  • seriously when one is being sarcastic, especially if followed by a question mark; ditto really
  • illegal alien unless the creature arrived by UFO and was accompanied by a sick bird


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