Archives: Banished Words 1994
As opposed to what? Gathered apart?
Don String Kelly, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Stupid (Bad) Mistake
Show me a smart (good) one. Frank
Foley, Boston, Massachusetts
C.R. Penson, St. Paul, Minnesota
Ben Szczesny, Muskegon, Michigan
Oh, really? Not just some of the time?
John Rosevear, Milford, Michigan
Heard often from TV newscasters of the Los Angeles
area. J.A. Talbot, Grand Terrace, California
This has become the educational buzzword of 1993. I
would like to see paradigm lost.
Nancy Dean, Stephenson, Michigan As in I want
to empower a new paradigm of health care. It sounds
a lot better saying I want to shut down the
hospital and let the people get their own aspirin.
Bob Cudmore, The Record, Troy, New York Not
only is it roundly mispronounced, but its meaning has
grown to mean everything from example to
coffee cup. Tom Rademacher,
Grand Rapids Press
Bury it. The dysfunctional family includes all for
one reason or another. Carol S. Smith,
Mis-used and over-used. Once described inexpensive
trinkets and toys. Now used in advertisements to describe
0 cellular telephones and 0 diamond rings. Stuff
the stocking stuffer! Trudie Mason, Derek
Conlon, Murray Sheriffs, CJAD AM, Montreal, Quebec
There for mean (for you, for
us) A formula which seems to avoid
such words as cares, loves, and
likes. It has a hired feel to it.
Dr. Kervorkian is there for you.
Ted DeRose, South Haven Public School, Michigan
Youse or Yous
As in Would youse like coffee?
in the North American vocabulary. Tori Cook,
MCTV News, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
in an historic moment. Commonly used by news
people (print and broadcast). Its wrong! If this
abuse is allowed to continue, the next sound you hear
from me will be an hiss! Jim Wiljanen,
Behind Closed Doors One
wonders where else the UN Security Council would meet;
perhaps on a patio in front of the Empire State Building?
John Hershey, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Mother of all
This seems to be a Muslim expression. It became
popular during the Mideast War and shows no signs of
dying. Leonard Wheat, U.S. Department of
Over-used by politicians who ask us to reach out to all
sorts of people or ideas which may not be grasped easily.
Ron Karle, East Lansing, Michigan Columnist Mike
Royko, who found hundreds of references to reaching
out in newspapers, wrote, I hope this column
serves to reach out to public figures and encourages them
to shut up about reaching out. This should not become a
nation of groupers.
Required Submitted by Audrey Morley and
Dr. Susan Branstner of Lake Superior State University,
who note that this phrase has appeared in the LSSU class
scheduling booklets to replace the words
Used by Australias Minister for Employment,
Education and Training in radio interviews in 1993 to
describe cut-backs and job vacancies. The greatest insult
since downsizing. Edwin Maher,
South Frankston, Victoria, Australia
When two or more automobiles collide, it is most
often a careless, or perhaps a stupidity.
It could be an inattentive, a thoughtless,
or even an indifferent. It is not, as Im
certain police statistics will confirm, an accident.
Baloney. Either you or the other person had a careless,
or a stupidity. Mike Raick,
Skyrocket and Spearhead
These are non-verbs which should be tossed onto the
junk heap. Larry Hogue, Corpus Christi,
when used as a verb. Remember when a party
commemorated a specific occasion with celebration? Today
the word (used mostly as a verb Lets Party!)
has degenerated into a sorry synonym for getting drunk
in any bar, any stadium, any car. Jan
Shoemaker, English Teacher, Lansing Catholic Central H.S.,
Jessica Stanaway of Brimley, Michigan, nominated a word
which is over-used by sports reporters when describing a
team which has won three championships in a row. We cant
repeat the words because its a trademark held by
Pat Riley of the New York Nicks. Stanaway said whenever
she hears the word, it makes her what to thrupchuck.
(She wants to make thrupchuck a trademark,
Gifting (or gift as a verb)
What happened to giving? Gifting
is seen in catalogs everywhere. I wonder if the
originator is someone who was not in this country born.
J. Gregory Winn, St. Paul, Minnesota
Giant Sucking Sound
That giant sucking sound you hear is
air displacement as columnist, editors and reporters
across the nation rush to their keyboards to make cleaver
use of the phrase of the moment, giant sucking
sound. Jodie Morris, Publications
Editor, California Newspaper Publishers Association,
Whoomp, There it is!
Over-used and wasnt popular in the first
place. Sounds stupid and ignorant. Joe Clare,
Beal City High School, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
I think that using the masculine pronoun, when no
gender is indicated, should be reinstated. Using he/she
breaks the flow of a sentence, and teachers care more
about that than they do about sexual equality.
Ines Quandel, Central Algoma Secondary School,
While death is certainly a serious business, if you
are dead you certainly wont be able to convince
people how serious you may be. Caleb
Hartmann, St. Marys Cathedral High School, Gaylord,
Corporations dont restructure anymore,
they dont change direction or focus (another
buzzword), they all re-engineer.
J.P. Squires, Omaha, Nebraska (LSSU salutes Omaha,
the residents of which sent over 100 nominations for this
years list. They were urged to act by Omaha World
Herald Columnist Robert McMorris.)
To me, this means being able to hit your target. Im
tired of hearing how this will solve our crime problems,
when it wont. Anonymous LSSU student
Ships and trucks used to be unloaded.
Lets unload the use of offload and only
use unload when were referring to cargo.
Michael Eliasohn, St. Joseph, Michigan
More Than Happy
If a waiter says hed be more
than happy to serve me, I ought to expect him to
clap his hands and jump with joy. Stephen
Mendenhall, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lets get rid of any number of
politicians who use this expression, along with those who
are growing jobs. Joseph Barrett,
Correct - LSSU
had received many nominations for banishment of this
phrase and the idea of being politically
correct. Some of the words and phrases banished during
the past few years have been politically correct
expressions (i.e. Fisherperson in 1992), but P.C
itself has been left off the list until now. Here are
some samples of the calls for nomination:
James B. Whyte of Newmarket Ontario,
said we should continue to use, if not overuse, politically
correct euphemisms such as strategically dehired
Used enough times as a term
of opprobrium, even the most thoroughly sanitized
euphemisms will start to stink, its rigid correctness
wilting in the light of the truth.
Tori Cook of MCTV News in Sault Ste.
Marie, Ontario, said, Its overused. Besides,
most people believe politicians are always wrong.
Michael Tardif of Lansing Catholic
Central High School in Michigan seems to agree with Cook,
and said political correctness and politically
correct are oxymorons.
Nadine Clark of Dearborn Heights,
Michigan, said, Politically correct, politically
He/she Just Didnt Get
It Popularized after the Anita Hill/Clarence
It (supposedly) indicates someones
inability to understand what the rest of us find obvious.
Senator Packwood just doesnt get it.
Saddam Hussein just doesnt get it.
David Goldberg, Ann Arbor, Michigan
For over-use. George Carlin, Los Angeles,
This phrase is used often in federal student
financial aid forms and applications. Tim Malette,
Director of Financial Aid, Michigan Technological
University, Houghton, Michigan
Sketchy Details An
unpardonable contradiction of terms by someone trying to
say that information is limited. Jack
Dietrich, Albuquerque, New Mexico