banished words hit parade
Lake Superior State University releases 2004 “winners”

Michigan's smallest state university, Lake Superior State, released yet another excellent list of words they hereby declare banished from the English language. See Banished Words List: 2004 for the details.

Some highlights:
Place Stamp Here - Dennis K. McDermott of Oneida, New York, asked, "Can we legitimately claim to be a superpower if we need to be reminded to put a stamp on an envelope?"
Companion Animals - Hurray, someone else besides me thinks this is a really stupid way to say "pet."
Metrosexual - these guys are so vain they need their own word? I can think of better ones that have, for years and years, adequately conveyed what it means to spend way too long primping.

A banishee from last year was restored: Frozen Tundra. It had been banished because, LSSU said, frozen and tundra are redundant. No true, as many pointed out. I'm impressed that the judges not only admit they screwed up, but include it in the press release as well.

So, enjoy the 2004 List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness and go ahead and look through the entire list (they've been doing this since 1976!) While there, you may as well read about the regulations for Unicorn Hunters, and even get your own license.
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