Each year around New Year's, Lake Superior State University releases a just-for-fun List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness." Originally designed as a publicity grabber for this small university of about 2,500 students (as of 2009), this tradition is now in its 36th year.
A couple of words and phrases inspired by Palin and McCain - "maverick" and "First Dude" - were banished two years ago following the election.
Well, thanks to (ahem) the American people, "Mama Grizzly" Palin has been "refudiated" twice more, as "Mama Grizzly" and "refudiate" have been included for the 2011 Banished Words List!
Here's the complete list:
- Wow Factor
- A-ha Moment
- Back story
- Man up
- Mama Grizzlies
- The American People
- I'm Just Sayin'
- Facebook and Google (when used as verbs - "I'm going to Google this")
- Live Life to the Fullest
(Oh, and why not submit a word for banishment in the 2012 list? ;-) )