The 15 Banned Words and Phrases of 2010
The 35th Annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness by the Lake Superior State University has been released. The list consists of 15 words and phrases which include a “Word of the Year” recently added in the Oxford English Dictionary.
“Unfriend” became word of the year for 2009 by the New Oxford American Dictionary. It means the act of removing a friend from a list of friends in a social network site, notably Facebook.
Other entries in the list include “chillaxin'” which is a combination of “chilling” and “relaxing”. Male pals and chums should no longer use “bromance” to describe their relationship. “Applications” should no longer be shortened to “apps” and sexy text messaging should not be branded as “sexting” anymore.
Other words came from the economy sector like “stimulus” and “shovel ready.”
The complete list is as follows:
7. Friend as a verb
8. Teachable Moment
9. In These Economic Times…
11. Toxic Assets
12. Too Big to Fail
15. Obama as a prefix (such as Obamanation, Obamanomics)