Resist the urge to say you will "wordsmith" your list of New Year’s
resolutions rather than write one. And don’t utter, "It is what it is"
when you fail to meet your first goal. Those are two of the 19 words or phrases that appear in Lake Superior
State University’s annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s
English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness. The school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula released its 33rd list Monday, selecting from about 2,000 nominations.
Among this year’s picks are "surge," the term for the troop buildup in Iraq. "Give me the old days, when it referenced storms and electrical power," Michael Raczko of Swanton, Ohio, said in nominating the word.
The list also included "waterboarding," "perfect storm," "under the
bus" and "organic." Also: "It is what it is," which Jeffrey Skrenes of St. Paul, Minn.,
said "accomplishes the dual feat of adding nothing to the conversation
while also being phonetically and thematically redundant."
Sadly for grammar’s guardians, the lighthearted list isn’t binding,
as evidenced by the continued use of past banned words and phrases such
as "erectile dysfunction," "i-anything" and "awesome."
Here is the full list:
• perfect storm
• post 9/11
• give back
• `blank’ is the new `blank’
• Black Friday
• back in the day
• It is what it is
• under the bus
Via Yahoo News