Lake Superior State University in Michigan just put out its 34th annual list of banished words. According to them, it’s made up of words that are so overused, misused, and irritating that they need to be kicked out of the English language.
The number one word this year? Viral. Not referring to actual viruses, but referring to anything on the Internet that gets even remotely popular.
There are plenty of other words spawned from the Internet on the list. “Epic fail”, which is a popular Internet phrase for someone messing up something in a huge way, also made the list. So did the words “epic” and “fail” by themselves. Using “Facebook” and “Google” as verbs also made the list.
Some of the other banished words for the year are “wow factor” . . . “a-ha moment” -“BFF” – “man up” -“the American people”- “I’m just sayin'” and “live life to the fullest.”
Two Sarah Palin phrases also made the list: “Refudiate,” her made-up mix of “refute” and “repudiate,” and the phrase “mama grizzlies” to describe right-wing females.
Back when the list started in 1976, it included words and phrases like “at this point in time” “meaningful” “scenario” and “macho.”