Every December for the past 32 years, Lake Superior State University has released a list of words that should never be used again. The crime committed by these words? Massive overuse in the preceding year.
As you might expect, this year’s list largely revolves around the election and global economic crisis:
"From Wall Street to Main Street"
monkey, when used as a suffix
carbon footprint or carbon offsetting
"winner of five nominations."
<3 - It’s the first time an emoticon has made the list.
icon or iconic
"not so much"
"it’s that time of year again"
Banned Words for 2009
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