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This year's list of words that should be banned

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From the Guardian:

Lake Superior State University in Michigan has unveiled its 34th annual list of words that should be banished from our vocabularies this year...

First Dude "Skateboard English is not the appropriate way to refer to the spouse of a high ranking public official," says one commentator on the university's website.

Maverick The word has been left so battered and bruised by the assaults perpetrated on it by John McCain and Sarah Palin that it might be a kindness to leave it in peace to recover for a while.

Staycation Banishment of this seems harsh. Staycation is a succinct, witty way of labelling the new trend for staying in your home country at holiday time, but it is suffering for enshrining both green and economic concerns, which as we have seen above, is a sure way to tick people off.

<3 A new text icon (we use the word in its technical sense), resembling a heart and meaning "love". As a contributor to the list explains, "Just say the word, instead of making me turn my head sideways and wonder what 'less than three' means."
Chris has used staycation on the blog, and I had no idea what it meant until I read his post, so I'm not sure that one's being overused, yet.

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