Which Overused Words Are Taboo This Year?

 - Jan 2, 2009
References: lssu.edu & neatorama
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:

Maverick

"From Wall Street to Main Street"

Desperate search

monkey, when used as a suffix

game-changing

carbon footprint or carbon offsetting

green

bailout

"winner of five nominations."

<3 - It’s the first time an emoticon has made the list.

First Dude

icon or iconic

staycation

"not so much"

"it’s that time of year again"