It's That Time of Year Again: Banned Words for 2009

Each year since 1976, Lake Superior State University has released a list in late December of words that should never be used again based on their overuse in the 12 months prior. This year's list largely revolves around the election and the economic crisis:

  • Maverick

  • From Wall Street to Main Street

  • Desperate search

  • monkey, when used as a suffix

  • game-changing

  • carbon footprint or carbon offsetting

  • green

  • bailout

  • "winner of five nominations."

  • *3 - It's the first time an emoticon has made the list.

  • First Dude

  • icon or iconic

  • staycation

  • not so much

  • it's that time of year again

  • Leave a comment and let us know what 2008 word you think should be banned forever.

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    We here in England are suffering a severe outbreak of You know, particularly among formerly erudite people, strangely, you know.

    And as for the effect of the olympics - we have new verbs "To medal" "To Podium", as in "He podiumed three times" (yecch) joining other awful verb converts like "dialoguing" and "main-streaming"
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