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2019 Banished Words

Post by Tero » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:52 pm

Collusion is used for more or less "conspiracy."

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Wheelhouse, as in area of expertise – Chris, Battle Creek, Mich., “It's not in my wheelhouse to explain why dreadful words should be banished!”; Currie, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada), “Irritating, has become a cliché, annoys me, offence to the English language, etc.”; Kevin, Portland, Ore., “It's an awkward word to use in the 21st century. Most people have never seen a wheelhouse.”
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In the books . . ., as in finished or concluded – Sandy, White Lake Township, Mich., “It seems everyone's holiday party is in the books this year, and it's all there for friends to view on social media, along with the photos of the happy party attendees.”
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Wrap my head around – Linda, Bloomington, Minn., “Impossible to do and makes no sense.”
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Platform – Michael, Alameda, Calif., “People use it as an excuse to rant. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter have become platforms. Even athletes call a post-game interview a ‘platform.’ Step down from the platform, already.”
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Collusion, as in two or more parties limiting competition by deception - John, Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., “We all need to collude on getting rid of this word.”
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OTUS family of acronyms such as POTUS, FLOTUS, SCOTUS – David, Kinross, Mich., “Overused useless word for the President, Supreme Court, First Lady.”
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Ghosting – Carrie, Caledonia, Mich., “Somebody doesn't want to talk with you. Get over it. No need to bring the paranormal into the equation.”
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Yeet, as in to vigorously throw or toss – Emily, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., “If I hear one more freshman say "yeet," I might just yeet myself out a window.”
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Litigate – Ronald, Fredericton, New Brunswick (Canada), “Originally meant to take a claim or dispute to a law court . . . appropriated by politicians and journalists for any matter of controversy in the public sphere.”
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Grapple – David, Traverse City, Mich., “People who struggle with ideas and issues now grapple with them. I prefer to grapple with a wrestler or an overgrown tree."
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Eschew – Mary, Toronto, Ont. (Canada), “Nobody ever actually says this word out loud, they just write it for filler.”
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Crusty – Hannah, Campbellsville, Ky., “This has become a popular insult. It's disgusting and sounds weird. Make the madness stop.”
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Optics – Bob Tempe, Ariz., “The trendy way to say ‘appearance’.”
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Legally drunk – Philip, Auburn, Ind., “You're a little tipsy, that's all. That's legally drunk. People who are ticketed for drunk driving are actually ‘illegally drunk,’ and we should say so.”
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Thought Leader – Matt, Superior, Colo., “Thoughts aren’t ranked or scored. How can someone hold a thought-lead, much less even lead by thought?”; Paul, Ann Arbor, Mich., “If you follow a thought leader, you're not much of a thinker.”
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Importantly – Constance, Pace, Tex., “Totally unnecessary when ‘important’ is sufficient. ‘More importantly’ (banned in 1992) apparently sounds more important but is also senseless.”
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Accoutrements – Leslie, Scottsdale, Ariz., “Hard to spell, not specific, and anachronistic when ‘accessories’ will do.”
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Most important election of our time . . . – José, Ozark, Ark., “Not that we haven’t had six or seven back-to-back most important elections of our time.”
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Re: 2019 Banished Words

Post by Sean Hayden » Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:04 am

--thought leader :lol:
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Post by Brian Peacock » Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:29 am

This is why we shouldn't let pedants run things. :tea:
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Post by Hermit » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:05 am

"Anachronistic" It's an outdated word. :mrgreen: Same as "archaic" and "superannuated". Just say "old".

Seriously, most of the words listed so far are OK with me. People who object to them are plebeians who want to drag everyone else down to their level by impoverishing the richness of language. Either that, or they work for Ingsoc.
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Now, if people object to words and phrases as they are used in business management speak, I'm with them all the way, but business management speak itself is just another form of newspeak anyway, and it serves the same purpose.

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Post by Animavore » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:20 am

Apparently the new PC term for 'concentration camps' is 'inverted safe spaces'.
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Post by Brian Peacock » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:52 am

Hermit wrote:
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Now, if people object to words and phrases as they are used in business management speak, I'm with them all the way, but business management speak itself is just another form of newspeak anyway, and it serves the same purpose.
Indeed. The activity of business to actualize deliverable interfaces with their core participants in the sub-retail domain of value donation encapsulates an approach to niche markets that attempts to disentangle cohesive representative models in favour of a performance-based paradigm predicated on an over-facilitation of the consumer-provider dichotomy.
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Post by Hermit » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:22 am

Well, management speak does not merely try to be obtuse. Its objective is to influence how people do - and don't - think about "free enterprise" (itself a loaded expression), the chief aim being to steer them away from entertaining thoughts that there might be some objectionable aspects of it. So, employees don't get sacked any more, for example. The company is merely right-sizing. And Milton Friedman forbid, the economy never shrinks unless there is interference from ebil government. There's always growth, albeit periodically of the negative kind. And yes, that does have the aforementioned positive consequence: right-sizing.

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Post by rainbow » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:49 am

This requires a paradigm shift traversing off of syntactic determiners.
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Post by pErvinalia » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:54 am

Oi, I just used the word 'syntactically' in another thread! :lay:
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Post by rainbow » Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:00 pm

That may involve presumptive deallocation of the etymology, in which case I implore your indulgence.
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Post by L'Emmerdeur » Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:08 pm

Good fucking luck to them. Thought leaders and manque language reformers have been bleating on the sidelines for centuries about how this and that should be done to improve general usage of the English language. Those endeavors being almost entirely ignored by journalists and hoi polloi alike.

Serious writers may spend time with a volume like Dreyer's English or Fowler's but such efforts go unappreciated except by pernickety copy editors and cantankerous lay pedants. While I myself may qualify among the latter, and I may agree with sentiments expressed in the list, I mostly confine my reactions to growling and muttering quietly to myself.

I don't agree with those who sneer at rarely used words. As a young man I made an effort to avoid more arcane vocabulary, but at some point I discarded that regime and no longer care if somebody looks askance when I use a word like 'exigencies' in casual conversation.
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Post by rainbow » Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:10 pm

I couldn't be arsed.
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Post by Brian Peacock » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:26 pm

L'Emmerdeur wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:08 pm
Good fucking luck to them. Thought leaders and manque language reformers have been bleating on the sidelines for centuries about how this and that should be done to improve general usage of the English language. Those endeavors being almost entirely ignored by journalists and hoi polloi alike.

Serious writers may spend time with a volume like Dreyer's English or Fowler's but such efforts go unappreciated except by pernickety copy editors and cantankerous lay pedants. While I myself may qualify among the latter, and I may agree with sentiments expressed in the list, I mostly confine my reactions to growling and muttering quietly to myself.

I don't agree with those who sneer at rarely used words. As a young man I made an effort to avoid more arcane vocabulary, but at some point I discarded that regime and no longer care if somebody looks askance when I use a word like 'exigencies' in casual conversation.
I applaud you indefatigability.
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Post by Rum » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:37 pm

One doesn’t hear the word ‘rapscallion’ or for that matter ‘bounder’ half as much today as one should.

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Post by L'Emmerdeur » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:45 pm

Brian Peacock wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:26 pm
L'Emmerdeur wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:08 pm
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I applaud you indefatigability.
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