Monday, January 08, 2007

It's awesome -- going missing in Gitmo

My column on Tuesday discusses on Lake Superior State University's annual list of words banished "for mis-use, over-use and general uselessness." Here is the list for 2007.
  • Gitmo.
  • Combined celebrity names (such as TomKat).
  • Awesome.
  • Gone/went missing.
  • Pwn or pwned, a misspelling of "own" used by online video gamers
  • Now playing in theaters.
  • We're pregnant.
  • Undocumented alien.
  • Armed robbery/drug deal gone bad.
  • Truthiness.
  • Ask your doctor.
  • Chipotle.
  • i-anything.
  • Search.
  • Healthy food.
  • Boasts.
By the way, the university accepts nominations for words to banish throughout the year.


Anonymous said...

How about "anonymous sources" "sources close to the investigation" and other pseudonyms for reporters inserting their suspicions and agendas into stories to go missing from TH printed stories?

Brian Cooper said...

Hmmm, a post critical of anonymous sources is posted anonymously. Maybe that is a pseudonym?

In any case, our policy on anonymous sources is designed to restrict their use. TH reporters may not use them without approval by a senior editor, who must be informed in advance of the source's identity.

So, insertion of suspicions and agendas will have to be a media conspiracy.

Lyn Jerde said...

How do people feel about "faith-based" as an adjective? It had its uses at one time, but is it no longer fresh or relevant?

"Faith-based" may be hackneyed, but it is more accurate than the use of the term "Christian" to refer solely to a brand of the faith promulgated by the likes of Robertson and Falwell.

Anonymous said...

I think common misspellings, whether intentional or not, should be included.

If I see one more instance of a confusion between "loose" and "lose," I'm taking hostages.

Nancy said...

I'm never giving up the word Awesome - I'm a child who grew up in the 80's...