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    Annual List of Banished Words 2019

    It's the most wonderful time of the year! LSSU has just issued its list of banished words for 2019.

    In the increasingly humble opinion of yours fooly, the choices were/are apt. Do you agree or disagree with the dubious honorees? What trendy words or idioms (clichés or freshly-coined) would you send to the battleground state formerly known as Siberia?

    If you know me, you'll know that I've got quite a few addenda:

    The first is non-verbal. That is, when a political pundit is asked a question and the first utterance is an exaggerated sigh. Or even more irritating, when he or she is asked a question not requiring a yes or no reply but the first word he or she says is "Sure!" (Is everybody Irish all of a sudden?)

    I don't wish to see the folks stop reprimanding others who deserve it, but I'm surely sick of hearing the practice referred to as "calling out." That's what a mother does when she wants to summon her kid for supper-- or somebody practicing his yodeling skills in the Alps.

    Same with "I'm old enough to remember. . ."; "off-ramp"; and "stepping down." Why can't we jus say "quit"? "D'ya hear that Jennifer down at the Dollar Store is stepping down?"

    And nobody can say "majority" without putting the word "vast" in front of it. They go together like "dire" and "straits."

    I don't ever want to hear "double down" again, and especially don't want to hear "double dog down."

    That goes for the perennial malady: "going forward."

    Hope all of these odious expressions go backward into oblivion!










    https://www.lssu.edu/banished-words-list/

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    "Been there, done that" is immensely irritating. "Plethora" and "myriad" also annoy me, unless I'm using them, of course.

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    I wrote my list before reading yours, Aunty. Not surprisingly there is some overlap.

    Push back (especially as a noun)
    Call out (as anything but an imperative, especially to one lost in the fog)
    Slam (when meaning "to offer criticism")
    Own (when meaning "to do well in a selectively edited debate")
    Destroy (see above)
    Crush (see above)
    Crushed it (as anything except "got rid of the spider")
    Double down (as anything but a tennis accident)
    Anything ending -xit except Brexit
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    Grab a chair Aunty. Are you comfortable? Then I will begin.

    1. Is there an “issue?” You mean a problem?
    2. “I hear you.” Bugger off.
    3. “When I was in ------” From the Wheni tribe.
    4. “Me and my partner.” I’m gay / lesbian.
    5. “Share if you agree.” Fake news.
    6. “He is a horrible person.” Donald Trump. My vocab limits the range of my epithets.
    7. “Have you heard the good news. He lives.” Elvis?
    8. “Have you got a few minutes to answer some questions?” Bugger off.
    9. “Awesome.” Try “marmalade.” It’s got 9 letters.
    10. “Street cred.” An urban crook.
    11. “Hey bro.” A hustler.
    12. “That’s two double negatives.” So, you can count?
    13. “Have you got an attitude problem?” Macho cop.
    14. “He has his mothers’ eyes.” His father is ugly.
    15. “He is at rest now.” He is dead.
    16. “He passed away.” He kicked the bucket.
    17. “He had a good innings.” He is still dead.
    18. “She has a fine neck. (19th Century)” Great knockers (21st Century)
    19. “In my day.” When dinosaurs roamed the earth.
    20. “Have you got some small change?” I’m begging. Give me money.
    21. “It has come to our notice.” Stand by for incoming.
    22. “I’m afraid we will have to let you go.” Your fired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MANICHAEAN View Post
    "She has a fine neck. (19th Century)"
    "...but I'm more of a proud carriage man myself."
    And this from a man in a bunny suit.

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    There was one story of Churchill at a dinner party in the States when asked by his hostess what part of the chicken he preferred, he responded "breast please."

    "Oh Mr Churchill, we don't say that. We say white meat or brown meat."


    On a later function, he had occasion to present her with some kind of medal, with the words, "Congratulations. Now pin that on your white meat."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MANICHAEAN

    19. “In my day.” When dinosaurs roamed the earth
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    What's even worse is the phrase, "I'm old enough to remember [blah,blah,blah]" when the reference is a mere year or two old. And by the bye, I deplore the use of "reference" as a verb when "refer" is more precise. When I previously complained about that, my fellow NitLetters thought I'd kicked a dog. (Which, by the bye, would most likely stir moral outrage in these shire than say, throwing a toddler into a filthy cage.)


    22. “I’m afraid we will have to let you go.” Your fired.
    Management no longer uses terms such as "you're fired." More likely one knows he (or she) is out of a job when one hears "We're moving into a different direction, going forward." Nor is it ever said that "So-and-so fouled up"; it's "Mistakes were made."

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    Flip. This flips that. A flipped the other thing. Flipping a red state. If you're not talking about Flip Wison then put a lid on it.
    And this from a man in a bunny suit.

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    "Swap out" for "substitute."

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    "Its all about perceptions." (My boss). = "Lie like a bastard."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MANICHAEAN View Post
    "Its all about perceptions." (My boss). = "Lie like a bastard."
    Related: "What's the message?" (also anything about dog whistling) = "Thought criminals are guilty if we say they are."
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    And this from a man in a bunny suit.

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    "Radio silence" for lack of communication.

    And the word "further" is used for both "farther" and "further."

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