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