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Great list, Steel!

May I add to the list:
PIMPED (as in my car, house, etc.)
CRIB as in my house,
and my all time favorite word to hate THEYYYY
as in :
THEY said this, THEY told me to do that...
Who are THEY and on what grounds are THEY able to offer advice on ANYTHING?
Just wondering....:0
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1 year ago
OH..just found a few more for a chuckle or two.
Exact Same ? Exactly. (Editor: As in ?She is the exact same size as I am, large petite.? This phrase was noted in our 1981 list under ?Redundancy Alert.? Exact Same now gets a ?red alert? and an appropriate banishment.) Ben Szczesny, Muskegon, Michigan.

Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience added 1983*, added 1987*, added 1990*) ? ?The alternative is a bit grisly.? Ruth A. Hood, Warren, Michigan.

From the Desk of ? ?Note pads with this vanity caption. I have seen a lot of desks?never one that can write a note.? From the hand of: David O?Connor, Willoughby, Ohio.

Grandfather ? ?We can grandfather those items in the labor agreement.?

Impact ? (The most nominations) ? ?The effect of a sledge hammer has on a brick wall, or a car on a utility pole. Those who use it otherwise probably don?t know the difference between ?effect? and ?affect.?? (Ed.: Too many times we?re subjected to a radio or television news reader saying something like: ?We?ll soon know how we?re to be impacted by the rising costs of groceries.? Perhaps the impact of a good slap in the head would curtail such irritating misuse of language.) Dave Summers, Holly, Michigan.

Large Size Petites ? ?If you can have a large size small items, can you have small size large items?? Beverly J. Welch, Holly, Michigan.

Liposuction ? ?Ugly, ugly word; often mispronounced?visions of four lips stuck together, or an infected lip being treated, or having verbal influence, pull in high places.? Nadine Clark, Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

Maximum Leader ? ?Nice try, General Noriega. It?s a dictator.? Name Withheld By Request, New York, New York.
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and where is the original list???

I can't remember if "politically correct" has been mentioned...
hellooooo? if it's politics, can it be right and correct???
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1 year ago
Here are some I may have missed in the past years:
Limited Banishments

The Bottom Line - Commonly used as the ultimate expression for any ultimate, is banished for use by all save accountants and financial vice presidents.

Learning Resources Center - Forbidden to librarians who are attempting to say "library."

Somewhere Down The Road - Banished from business but not song lyrics. Frequently used in press conferences to keep department heads and press guessing. Also used by executives if they don't actually plan on doing something: "That's somewhere down the road (and if I have anything to say about it we'll never get there).

Two-Year Probation

Ambience and Opt. - There is nothing wrong with these words, but they are being over used, particularly by restaurant critics and architects (and such usage tends to be pompous).

Washington Phrase Alert

Where You Stand Is Where You Sit - Apparently means that's one's philosophy and opinions are based solely on one's job. A slight distortion of original coinage by Don K. Price, then a Harvard dean: "Where you stand depends on where you sit."
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Where are you ScorpioBeauty?

Miss you on the blogs!
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1 year ago
Thinking back about the blogs of 2006...there were so many funny ones and so I have dredged up one of mine.
Surely there must be some new words to add to the list. This is just an attempt to add some variety and bring back, hopefully, more of the fun blogs from 2006.
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New List from 2007 at LSSU..just put up on their site.

GITMO -- The US military's shorthand for a base in Cuba drives a wedge wider than a split infinitive.

"When did the notorious Guantanamo Bay Naval Base change to 'Gitmo,' a word that conjures up an image of a fluffy and sweet character from a Japanese anime show?"

COMBINED CELEBRITY NAMES -- Celebrity duos of yore -- BogCall (Bogart and Bacall), Lardy (Laurel and Hardy), and CheeChong (Cheech and Chong) -- just got lucky.

"It's bad enough that celebrities have to be the top news stories. Now we've given them obnoxious names such as 'Bragelina,' 'TomKat' and 'Bennifer.'"

"It's so annoying, idiotic and so lame and pathetic that it's 'lamethetic.' (*I agree)

AWESOME -- Given a one-year moratorium in 1984, when the Unicorn Hunters banished it "during which it is to be rehabilitated until it means 'fear mingled with admiration or reverence; a feeling produced by something majestic." Many write to tell us there's no hope and it's time for "the full banishment."

"The kind of tennis shoes you wear, no matter how cute, don't fit the majestic design of the word."

"That a mop, a deodorant or a dating service can be called 'awesome' demonstrates the limited vocabularies of the country's copywriters."

"Overused and meaningless.' My mother was hit by a car.' Awesome. 'I just got my college degree.' Awesome."

GONE/WENT MISSING -- "It makes 'missing' sound like a place you can visit, such as the Poconos. Is the person missing, or not? She went there but maybe she came back. 'Is
missing' or 'was missing' would serve us better.

PWN or PWNED -- Thr styff of lemgendz: Gamer defeats gamer, types in "I pwn you" rather than I OWN you.

"This word is just an overly used Internet typo. It has been overused to the point that people who play online games are using it in everyday speech."

NOW PLAYING IN THEATERS -- Heard in movie advertisements. Where can we see that, again?

"How often do movies premiere in laundromats or other places besides theaters? I know that when I want to see a movie I think about going to a shoe store." (**LMAO)

WE'RE PREGNANT -- Grounded for nine months.

"Were men feeling left out of the whole morning sickness/huge belly/labor experience? You may both be expecting, but only one of you is pregnant."

"I'm sure any woman who has given birth will tell you that 'WE' did not deliver the baby." (*LOL)

UNDOCUMENTED ALIEN -- "If they haven't followed the law to get here, they are by definition 'illegal.' It's like saying a drug dealer is an 'undocumented pharmacist.'"

ARMED ROBBERY/DRUG DEAL GONE BAD -- From the news reports. What degree of "bad" don't we understand?? and asks, "After it stopped going well and good?"

TRUTHINESS ? "This word, popularized by The Colbert Report and exalted by the American Dialectic Society's Word of the Year in 2005 has been used up. What used to ring true is getting all the truth wrung out of it." --

ASK YOUR DOCTOR -- The chewable vitamin morphine of marketing.

"Ask your doctor if 'fill in the blank' is right for you! Heck, just take one and see if it makes you 'fill in the blank' or get deathly ill."

"I don't think my doctor would appreciate my calling him after seeing a TV ad."

CHIPOTLE ? Smoked dry over medium heat.

"Prior to 2005 . . . a roasted jalapeno. Now we have a 'chipotle' burrito with 'chipotle' marinated meat, 'chipotle' peppers, sprinkled with a 'chipotle' seasoning and smothered in a 'chipotle' sauce. Time to give this word a rest."

i-ANYTHING -- 'e-Anything' made the list in 2000. Geoff Steinhart of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, says tech companies everywhere have picked this apple to the core. "Turn on?tune in?and drop out."

"Banish any word that starts with it. i am just tired of it. it's getting old.

SEARCH -- Quasi-anachronism. Placed on one-year moratorium.

"Might as well banish it. The word has been replaced by '.'"

HEALTHY FOOD -- Point of view is everything.

Someone told Joy Wiltzius of Fort Collins, Colorado, that the tuna steak she had for lunch "sounded healthy." Her reply: "If my lunch were healthy, it would still be swimming somewhere. Grilled and nestled in salad greens, it's 'healthful.'"

BOASTS -- See classified advertisements for houses, says Morris Conklin of Lisboa, Portugal, as in "master bedroom boasts his-and-her fireplaces -- never 'bathroom apologizes for cracked linoleum,' or 'kitchen laments pathetic placement of electrical outlets.


Cheers all! Not a bad list for this year at all..

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1 year ago
Hi Scop, how about a 'drag on a fag, dogs bollocks, plates of meat, apples and pears, ruby murray, DIY PYO Takeaways , Boots, Bonnets, Tyres , lack of HumoUr. Put a monkey on a pony.
Kiss a poppet
Aint english great
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1 year ago
Aha! What a suprise to see this back up...

Will have to check out the LSSU website to see the new listings.

It is red carpet time again...so more BLING BLING..HATE HATE...LOL!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
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Funny, Andrew, always felt the same way about your alumINIUM....and petrol for gas and lift for elevator and "bees knees" for our "cat's meow" and lorries for trucks and ladies knickers and on and on...
Viva la differences, I say! I love the little idiosyncracies of the different cultures/languages.
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1 year ago
Tuscany,
Will do! I've always been a big fan of George Carlin.
Thanks for the info.
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OK, who's going to put the dictionary together for us all???

BTW, if you look at older versions of the dictionary, ain't didn't come along until recently (I've forgotten what my professor told me in school, but I believe it was in the 50's or 60's). Sorry I can't pinpoint it. Maybe that's a good research project for somebody?

As for the babyboomer, no pun intended, but my point with that, as with the gen x, gen y's is WHY do they have to be anything, they are the next generation... why do they need labels? hmmmmmm?
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SteelM, I have to disagree with your suggestion that 'all destinations are final.' Surely only one destination (your last) is final. If you're of Christian, Judaic or, dare i say it, even Islamic faith it all comes down to a way one trip either up or down. Atheists have a different choice. Hot and fiery or dark, dank and earthy. Buddhists never have a final destination. But some of their metamorphic journeys must be quite harrowing. After all who wants to be reincarnated as a slug. :-)
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As a teacher, I hear a lot of the terms you all described above. I thought I'd add my list of "words that make me cringe" as I hear them almost on a daily basis. Although they may not yet be in the dictionary as described below, I'm afraid it may just be a matter of time.

1. 'Sup: This one is very popular amongst teens. They even write it in essays.

2. Yo: Grrr.. this one makes me cringe. Not only do they use it to get someone's attention, but they often use it as a noun: "Hey Yo! Sup ?"

3. Dog: Yo, sup dog?

4. Peace: used to say good-bye.

These are just a few of the terms I must deal with.. there are quite a few other vulgar ones that I'll refrain from expanding on... lol
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I like 'In Harm's Way.' It has a sort of noble 'white knight' feel to it. Its also the title of the excellent book by Doug Stanton.

If you enjoy 20th Century US history this is a must read. The book 'In Harm's Way' is the factual account of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in the last days of WW2. The Indianapolis had just delivered the major components to 'Little Boy' the Hiroshima bomb to Tinian Island in the Pacific.

A few days later it was torpedoed by a Japanese sub. The crew of I think about 1100 wound up floating in the Pacific for days before a rescue was launched. One by one they were picked off by sharks as the evenings fell. Many others went mad. About 300 didn't get eaten.

It really is a harrowing read - but compelling at the same tine.
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Tuscany,
Excellent contributions!
I really liked...Significant Other. Sounds like you made it up to impress the boss. And yes, it sounds like an imaginary friend!
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Actually, the word "ain't" is in the dictionary. Proceed with caution. It's use will make you seem stupid.

BabyBoomers are all of us born from 1946-1964. Still, it is worn out and worthy of being on the list. I don't know the exact origin of this term. But I am one of the baby boomers*****sigh. Added to the list in 1989...just found it!
Thanks geniak, for your contributions.
Now I have some updating to do and a red carpet to watch....
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We'll make an exception to the rule for you Social...you can get in Harm's way any time you want..but let us know about it after, OK?
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In Harms way?? Wasn't Harm the sexy guy from JAG?? I will get in his way anyday!!
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OK, I don't know about anywhere else that might have this issue, but having been in Colorado all of my life except when living abroad, I have noticed that the weather (according to the news) is always one extreem or the other. There's no 'in-between.'

For example, if it's snowing outside, it's snowing, right? No, it's A SNOW STORM. No matter how great or small the amount.

When the weather between May and September is 85+ degrees for the majority of the days, it's not summer-like temperatures (like they always have been), it's now a HEAT WAVE.

Now granted, I believe in global warming, but not to these extremes.