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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Spider-Man on set filming The Amazing Spider-Man in New York City in May 2011 Greg Allen / Rex Features/AP hide caption

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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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Edna Kash-kash, a Native American from Oregon, sits in front of a tepee circa 1900. In Eastern Oregon, a tribal celebration of first foods offers a connection to ancestors. Lee Moorhouse/Buyenlarge/Getty Images) hide caption

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