Watch Out For These BANNED Words Of 2009

Posted: December 31, 2008 in Entertainment, Life, Malaysia, World
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2009 Banished Words ListLake Superior State University of Detroit once again came out  for their annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. The 34th version of the list was released last Tuesday, which means, ‘It’s that time of year again,’ as reported by AP.

The school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula selected 15 entries from about 5,000 nominations.

Despite the year’s economic meltdown (which itself wasn’t banished but don’t rule it out for next year), the most entries came from the environmental category; for ‘green’ or ‘going green’.

The list wasn’t overrun with politics despite the national election;  no “change,” for instance ;  but one simply couldn’t escape the critics’ wrath.

‘I’m a maverick, he’s a maverick, wouldn’t you like to be a maverick, too?’ offered Michael Burke of Silver Spring, Md., in his entry for the label embraced by unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

‘If I see one more corporation declare itself ‘green,’ I’m going to start burning tires in my backyard’, wrote Ed Hardiman of Bristow, Va., in his submission. Nominators also had their fill of ‘carbon footprint’; the amount of greenhouse gases an individual’s lifestyle produces.

Also knocked was ‘first dude’, a term adopted by Todd Palin, husband of McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

An emoticon made the list for the first time. The strings of characters used in e-mails and text-messaging commonly represent a face; like 😉 or :-0 ; but the school singled out an emoticon heart, formed with a ‘less than’ symbol and the number 3.

Think these gendarmes of jargon should ‘get a life’? Watch it, kiddo. That phrase was banished in 1997.

You can read the full article and the school’s 2009 Banished Words Lists here.

P/S: Malaysia is also famous for their ‘kiasu’-ness… Hurm, I wonder how it would be like if our ‘kiasu’ words like ‘-lahhh’ would be nominated for banishment? Any takers? anyhow, Happy New Year’s Eve Everybody!


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