During the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 28, 2011, singer Beyonce Knowles rubbed her stomach in the middle of the performance to reveal her baby bump. "Baby bump" is one of the words on Lake Superior State University's list of banished words this year. Jemal Countess/Getty Images hide caption

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An Amazing Trickeration?: Banished Words For 2012

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Filipino youths bring in the New Year with sparklers at a public park in Manila. Romeo Gacad /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Quick Look At The Year Ahead

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Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool

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2012: The Year Of The Smart Superhero Movie

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New Year? How About A New Calendar?

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2012 Elections May Settle Scores In The Senate, Too

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A New Year's Forecast For The Health Care Bill

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Arab Women Rising: An Uncertain Future

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A New Era In North Korea, Yet Little Has Changed

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses journalists at EU headquarters in Brussels in December. It's possible that European leaders will come up with ways to manage the region's debt crisis in the new year, but the worst case scenarios are dire. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rustic and local are some of the words describing menus in 2012, Weekend Edition food commentator Bonny Wolf says. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Artisanal And Authentic, The Flavors Of The New Year

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For Some Tribes, New Year's Foods Provide A Sacred Link To The Past

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