The Rittenhouse Review

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Sunday, January 02, 2005  

Phrases Beyond the Pale

Lake Superior State University yesterday released its 30th annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-Use, Over-Use, and General Uselessness,” a catalog of slang terms and jargon assembled from more than 2,000 submissions that come from around the world.

The 2005 List of Banished Words includes, among others:

Carbs: along with “low carbs, high carbs, no carbs, carb-friendly,” but, strangely, not “carbies.”

Webinar: for “seminar on the web,” as noted here in the comments section of the linked post in the item above by blogger Vaara.

Zero Percent APR Financing: This one has bothered me for a long time. How does a bank finance something when no interest is applied?

Body Wash: “Also known as ‘soap.’”

All New: When used in reference to television programs. “Of course it’s all new. Why can’t they just say ‘new’? There are no partially-new episodes, no repeat of last Tuesday’s episode with a slightly reworked Act 2.”

Also included on the list is blog, along with it variations, blogger, blogged, blogging, and blogosphere. “Sounds like something your mother would slap you for saying.” I second that emotion; I’m all for a new term.

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