Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Banning phrases for 2009

Lake Superior State University has issued their 34th annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for misuse, over-use and general uselessness.

Here is their list for 2009 .
  1. GREEN
  2. CARBON FOOTPRINT or CARBON OFFSETTING
  3. MAVERICK
  4. FIRST DUDE
  5. BAILOUT
  6. WALL STREET/MAIN STREET
  7. MONKEY (apparently a chat thing where you add a Monkey to proper nouns?
  8. <3 (another chat thing meaning heart something. I really try not to chat a lot)
  9. ICON or ICONIC
  10. GAME CHANGER
  11. STAYCATION
  12. DESPERATE SEARCH
  13. NOT SO MUCH
  14. WINNER OF FIVE NOMINATIONS
  15. IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN
Which got me to thinking that we should ban some over used, abused, misleading, out right deceptive, phrases that our politicians have plagued us with this year.

Here are the one’s that irk me the most.

  • our Government is addressing the needs of
    • as in the conservatives have used more public funds to either buy votes from ethic associations or do some seeding in conservative regions
  • steady hand upon the
    • as in Harper has leadership
  • permanent deficit
    • as in federal government will run a deficit -- but not a permanent one
  • streamlining
    • as in strengthening regulatory cooperation, streamlining regulations and processes, which means turning the regulation of standards, safeguards and processes over to the private sector.

Bought any cold meat lately.


Feel free to add your own.

1 comment:

Troy Thomas said...

Technical deficit: as in it's a decifit, but not a real one because the government is highly optimistic.