Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 Banished Words List

Here we are on the cusp of a new calendar year. Mayan doomsday predictions aside, 2012 was one tough year for many people I know. Let’s hope 2013 is a better year for all of us.

To start the year off right, we’re going to take a look at 2013’s “List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness” as compiled by Lake Superior State University. According to a page on the university’s website, this tongue-in-cheek banishment list began on New Year’s Day in 1976 as a publicity stunt for the school. Since then, “People from around the world have nominated hundreds of words and phrases such as ‘you know,’ ‘user friendly,’ ‘at this point in time,’ and ‘have a nice day,’ to be purged from the language.”

If you have a few moments, peruse the annual list archives (you can find the link on the left side of the banished words web page). It’s interesting how certain words or phrases come to define events and time periods – and how many of those entries are still in frequent use!

Without further ado, here is the 2013 list of words that should be banished from the English language:

fiscal cliff
kick the can down the road
double down
job creators/creation
YOLO (an acronym for "You Only Live Once")
spoiler alert
bucket list
boneless wings

To read complete entries and commentaries for this year's words, go to

And now, let's raise our glasses, coffee cups, or other appropriate beverage containers and make a toast for a peaceful and prosperous new year! Happy 2013 everyone.

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