I’ve managed to avoid posting about any ‘word of the year’ lists, so this is a nice alternative: Lake Superior State University has come up with a list of words it would like banished in 2011.
Officially known as the “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness”, the list is now in its 36th year and received over 1,000 nominations for words to ban. The number one word? Viral. As one nominator eloquently put it: “This linguistic disease of a term must be quarantined.”
Take a look at the Huffington Post’s slideshow of some of the other words that made the list.