Archives: Banished Words 1979
I Feel - Too often used for "I think" or "I believe." Since "feel" is emotional, the speakers protect themselves from challenge.
Social Security - Neither social nor secure.
Energy Crisis - Nobody knows what constitutes an energy crisis, what to do about it, or even, for certain, if one exists.
What Are You Into? - As in "I used to be into children, now I'm into death."
Most Cautious Use of the English Language Award - To the Clemson University Football Player who said of Woody Hayes (after being slugged on national television by the Ohio State University coach), "He might of gotten pushed into me."
Fried Cabbage Leaf Cluster Award: - To "Yuh Know," making the list for the second year. All Unicorn Hunters are directed to use the typewriter "c" key (since the cent isn't worth anything, any more) for this phrase, thus saving great quantities of paper. In the same category, a type of verbal punctuation: Okay, Really, EH (which is the Canadian Yuh Know) and Right. These phrases are so cluttering that real words may become obliterated.
The Bottom Line - Commonly used as the ultimate expression for any ultimate, is banished for use by all save accountants and financial vice presidents.
Learning Resources Center - Forbidden to librarians who are attempting to say "library."
Somewhere Down The Road - Banished from business but not song lyrics. Frequently used in press conferences to keep department heads and press guessing. Also used by executives if they don't actually plan on doing something: "That's somewhere down the road (and if I have anything to say about it we'll never get there).
Ambience and Opt. - There is nothing wrong with these words, but they are being over used, particularly by restaurant critics and architects (and such usage tends to be pompous).
Washington Phrase Alert
Where You Stand Is Where You Sit - Apparently means that's one's philosophy and opinions are based solely on one's job. A slight distortion of original coinage by Don K. Price, then a Harvard dean: "Where you stand depends on where you sit."