Monday, January 01, 2007


Lake Superior State University on Sunday released its annual "List of Words and Phrases Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness." Critics piled on the media's practice of combined celebrity names such as "TomKat" or "Brangelina." One said, "It's so annoying, idiotic and so lame and pathetic that it's lamethetic."

Other lucky winners include the real estate industry's over-use of "boast," the advertising industry's "ask your doctor" and Stephen Colbert's "truthiness."

The University, however, is banking on its reputation. Having compiled the list as far back as 1976, and closing in on its one-thousandth official catch-phrase train wreck, this year they managed to restrain themselves :

"A total of 16 words or phrases were selected by a university committee from more than 4,500 nominations," according to the Associated Press.


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