Putting the Kibosh on Chillaxing, Czars, and More


Putting the Kibosh on Chillaxing, Czars, and More

I don’t know about you, but I gag just a little when someone talks about a ‘teachable moment’ – and, evidently, so do the folks at Lake Superior State University. Teachable moment is just one of the entries on LSSU’s 2010 list of words that should be banned from our vocabulary due to “mis-use, over-use, and general uselessness.” LSSU’s tongue-in-cheek list has been going strong since 1977 and has included such gems as ‘you know’ and ‘user friendly.’

Others that made the 2010 list? Czar, chillax, tweeting, transparency, app, and — the ever-popular harbinger of bad news — in these economic times.

So, what do you think? Check out LSSU’s complete list of tired, trendy, and empty buzzwords and let us know if they hit the mark. What words do you think are worthy of being banned in 2010?

A few of my own suggestions: drill down, resonate, and leverage.

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Why Does Everything Have to be a “Teachable Moment”? Image by George Eastman House via Flickr
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Posted by Stephanie  Posted on 08 Jan 
  • cliches, jargon, vocabulary
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