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Banned Words for the New Decade

Delete IconSeveral of these I hadn’t heard of before reading this post: shovel-ready? bromance? chillaxin? (I watch too little TV to be literate I guess.) But I must confess, I too frequently grow weary of buzz. Who, after all, are the buzz makers?

At first, the word or phrase is an interesting twist of language that expresses a sentiment meaningful in the moment. But, like most pop songs, it’s only interesting the first 50,000 times you hear it and quickly descends into a noisy backdrop you simply try to ignore.

With the mass consumption of mass culture through mass communication, the life cycle of chichi, buzz, au courant, trendy, and chic is as short as that of a mosquito and equally as annoying while flitting about hunting for a victim. The article includes a few quotations for each word from people who nominated the word for inclusion on the list. Some are witty.

  • Shovel-Ready
  • Transparent/Transparency
  • Czar
  • Tweet
  • App
  • Sexting
  • Friend As A Verb
  • Teachable Moment
  • In These Economic Times.
  • Stimulus
  • Toxic Assets
  • Too Big To Fail
  • Bromance
  • Chillaxin’
  • Obama-prefix or roots?
[List source: Lake Superior State University :: Banished Words List :: Banished Words List.]