For the past 41 years Lake Superior State University has published a list of words that should be banished in the coming year. Word-watchers target pet peeves from everyday speech, as well as from the news, fields of education, technology, advertising, politics and more. A committee makes a final cut in late December.
Here’s the list of words or phrases that need to be banished in 2016:
- So – Using the word “so” to begin a sentence such as “so, my dog at my homework.” has been deemed highly annoying and unnecessary.
- Converstation – As in an invitation “join the conversation” on the internet. Voters argue that debate or discourse have evolved into words too harsh for our weak sensibilities and that conversation is a safety blanket that magically removes any sense of conflict, making arguments seem innocent.
- Problematic -“A corporate-academic weasel word,” according to the Urban Dictionary
- Stakeholder – A word that has expanded from describing someone who may actually have a stake in a situation or problem, now being over-used in business to describe customers and others.
- Price Point – A prime example of using two words when one works perfectly fine
- Secret Sauce – Critics argue that this word is used all too frequently in business discussion. It’s also creepy.
- Break the Internet – Overused in online headlines, this phrase means that something is so provocative or viral that it will generate enough traffic to ‘break the internet’. Enough already.
- Walk it Back – “It seems as if every politician who makes a statement has to ‘walk it back,’ meaning retract the statement, or explain it in laborious detail to the extent that the statement no longer has any validity or meaning once it has been ‘walked back.’” – Max Hill, Killeen, Tex.
- Presser – This shortened form of “press release” and “press conference” is not so impressive.
- Manspreading – Is the practice of sitting in public transport with legs wide apart, thereby covering more than one seat as a result of their natural anatomy. Feminists argue this is stupid.
- Vape – As in let me take a fatty hit of your vape, son. 2016 should be the year we bring back the cigarette.
- Giving Me Life – The phrase refers to anything that may excite a person, or something that causes one to laugh.
- Physicality – Sports announcers beat this one to death in 2015–using athletic prowess and adonis physicality, of course.
What words or phrase do YOU think need to go bye-bye in 2016?