Saeed Saeed | January 2, 2013
This story contains words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language.“Spoiler alert” is among them. So are “kick the can down the road,” “trending” and “bucket list.”A dirty dozen have landed on the 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The nonbinding, tongue-in-cheek decree released Monday by northern Michigan’s Lake Superior State University is based on nominations submitted from the United States, Canada and beyond.
The phrase receiving the most nominations this year is Fiscal cliff. Other terms coming in for a literary lashing are Superfood, Guru, Job Creators” and Double Down.
University spokesman Tom Pink said that in nearly four decades, the Sault Ste. Marie school has “banished” around 900 words or phrases, and somehow the whole idea has survived rapidly advancing technology and diminishing attention spans.