2008 List of Banished Words
POST 9/11 – "'Our post-9/11 world,' is used now, and probably used more, than AD, BC, or Y2K, time references. You'd think the United States didn't have jet fighters, nuclear bombs, and secret agents, let alone electricity, 'pre-9/11.'"
'BLANK' is the new 'BLANK' or 'X' is the new 'Y' – "In spite of statements to the contrary, 'Cold is (NOT) the new hot,' nor is '70 the new 50.'"
RANDOM – "Outrageous mis- and overuse, mostly by teenagers, i.e. 'This random guy, singing this random song…It was so random.' Grrrrr."
UNDER THE BUS – "Please, just 'blame' them."The complete list, with comments, is here.
If you can't see the intuitive appeal in not butchering our language, there may be a practical reason to pay attention to the list as well: The University once received a letter from an Arizona Supreme Court justice who said he posted that year's list on a bulletin board and prohibited all attorneys from using those words.
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