Putting the Kibosh on Chillaxing, Czars, and More

08 Jan 2010


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? 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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