Archives: Banished Words 1985
its various forms. Of 3,000 nominations received
from as far away as Japan and Saudi Arabia, hundreds
cited mandate. Not all were from disgruntled
Democrats. There was a general complaint that politicians
use mandate to overstate justification for
their actions or proposals. Mandate, could in
some instances mean, Ive had two long phone
calls on this subject. Tired, mis-used, abused and
often redundant as a mandatory law.
Wayne Saddler, San Jose, Calif.
Mandate n. 1. commission
given to one nation by an associated group of nations to
administer the government of a backward territory. 2. pol.
policy instruction by electors to legislators. 3. a
command. 4. Roman Law. decree by emperor.
Star Wars as
applied to military defense system, gives the impression
of actually having a meaning; but it has no meaning
whatsoever. Joseph J. Dary, Toronto, Ontario
Vertical Access Device
is bureaucracy talk for elevator. John Constantino,
East Lansing, Mich.
in inflation busters and crime busters.
Drawn from movie world, and applied to almost everything
in great tradition of -arama (Crime-arama,
and Sex-arama) and Anatomy of a
(Anatomy of an Opera and Anatomy of a
Bruce Peasleys English Class
at Handy High, Bay City, asks if bare naked
is opposed to clad naked?
Significant Write Down
as used in The Wall Street Journal, means a big
loss. Frank Hand, East Lansing, Mich.
Visually Eyeball The Runway
NASA announcer-talk as space shuttle pilots prepared to
land. Nominated for Tautology of the Year Award.
Paul Nolan, Athens, Ohio
Two Common Symbols are
banished The international road sign of a
circle with a line through it meaning No
and hearts meaning love. Preston Turengano of
San Diego, Cal., said the road sign was okay on highways,
but should never be used for No burping.
Words which deeply disturb people cut across
international and language boundaries. The Unicorn
Hunters first other languages
banishments are based on the Nuremburg Ad Hoc Committee
In Der Tat
which means indeed. The latter was also
nominated by many from the U.S.A. and Canada, including
Bryan Szabo of Eugene, Oregon, who describe it as the
most overused word of the year; indeed, of the century.
In Diesem Unseren Lande
a cliché meaning
in this, our country,
as used by Chancellor Hel muth Kohl and likened on The
Cloy Scale to Nixons My fellow Americans.
as distinguished from quantity time is always
applied by the fulfilled woman to explain the time they
devote to their families. Quality time is
what we see in the movies smiling, laughing,
having a food fight; tossing ones child in the air
with wild abandon. Unfulfilled women, on the other hand,
simply slop through with quantity tie. Sandra M.
should be near hit because it didnt
nearly miss, it actually did miss. Robert D.
Hancock, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Fishy Word Alert: Up To
Speed is running rampant in government
fisheries management administrations. Zap it now or it
will zap you. E.g. The president isnt up to
speed on the budget, meaning He doesnt
know whats going on. John Maiolo,
used as a noun. E.g. This book is a good read.
Book critics should know better. Read is a
verb. Rudy Simons, Oak Park, Mich.
The Unicorn Hunters order the
repossession of the apostrophe. It has been dispossessed
and mis-employed to indicate unauthorized plurals. Even a
newspaper account of the banishment list referred to
words on the list in years (sic) past
If we allow this desecration of the apostrophe, what can
we expect of the colon, the hyphen, the bracket or the
Ruffles and flourishes are
authorized for Martha Kerns of Sandusky, Ohio for copious
nomination above and beyond the call of duty of words for
banishment. She dispatched eight lists this year, each
containing 200 to 300 words or phrases. Mrs. Kerns
appears to be speedily eliminating the English language,
which might not be a bad idea. We could then start afresh.
Verb as off-loading, up-tick,
and debrief. A new category of word
banishment contributed by Ed Shoop, Mississauga, Ontario.
We have not had a simply crowded prison here
in Tennessee since 1982. I can grasp the concept of too
much of a good thing, as over-paid; but I cant
comprehend too much of a bad thing, as over-poor
or over-hurt. James L. Knight,
instead of egg nog. Let us return the egg to its proper
place in Christmas. Terrence Sweeny, Sault Ste.
Redundancy Repetitive Award Citation:
The airwaves teem with ear-grating
redundancies such as first time ever, the
bullet went all the way through the body, and
the torso from the neck down. We must focus
our attention, on a single such horror if we hope to
eliminate them. PRE-PLAN Gil Claeys of
Indianapolis, Indiana, asks, How can one pre-
plan something one is planning which means
to do in advance? He attached a
mortuary advertisement promoting pre-planned