Boulder Weekly on Facebook Boulder Weekly on Twitter Boulder Weekly on Tumblr Boulder Weekly's RSS feed Email Contact

Find Local Events (pick a date)
 
Browse Boulder real estate by neighborhood, school and zip code along with other homes for sale in Colorado on COhomefinder.com
Browse Boulder real estate by neighborhood, school and zip code along with other homes for sale in Colorado on COhomefinder.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Home / Articles / News / Strange News /  Chillax, the '09 banned words list has arrived
. . . . . . .
Give Through iGivefirst
Thursday, December 31,2009

Chillax, the '09 banned words list has arrived

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service

DETROIT — Drawing nominations from English enthusiasts and those just plain tired of overused expressions, Lake Superior State University's Word Banishment Committee has issued its list of words and phrases it deems time to be "unfriended."

Among them: "teachable moment," "czar," "shovel-ready" and combinations of words such as "sexting," "bromance" and "chillaxin.' "

"Someone will say something and then everybody picks up on it, and it snowballs," said Joellen Eschenburg, a retired government worker who said she went online earlier this year to nominate the phrase "come to the table."

The LSSU list began as a publicity stunt on New Year's Day 1976 and each year draws thousands of nominations from news, education, technology, advertising, politics, sports and everyday chit-chat.

Some words have been so "flat-out" (banned in 2000) annoying in "meaningful dialogue" (banned in 1976), they've appeared for several years on the list that is decided in late December "behind closed doors" (banned in 1994).

Last year's list included "maverick" and "staycation." And on this year's list: all versions of "tweets" — "tweetaholic," "retweet," "twitterhea," "twitterature" and "twittersphere."

For the full list of banned words, go to www.lssu.edu/banished

(c) 2009, Detroit Free Press.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
POST A COMMENT
No Registration Required
 
Close
Close