Banned: Irresistible, Over-Used Words of 2006 Words like "truthiness" and "awesome" are all over the place -- but they're also on at least one list of banned words: Lake Superior State University's annual List of Words and Phrases Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.
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Banned: Irresistible, Over-Used Words of 2006

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Banned: Irresistible, Over-Used Words of 2006

Banned: Irresistible, Over-Used Words of 2006

Banned: Irresistible, Over-Used Words of 2006

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It's that time of year again, when Lake Superior State University releases its annual List of Words and Phrases Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness. The school in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has compiled the list every year since 1976.

As LSSU's John Shibley tells NPR's Melissa Block, words like "truthiness" and "awesome" made the list this time.

Best Left Unsaid?

Out of more than 4,500 nominations, these words were chosen for banishment by the school's committee:

  • GITMO
  • COMBINED CELEBRITY NAMES (c.f. Brangelina, TomKat)
  • AWESOME
  • GONE/WENT MISSING
  • PWN or PWNED
  • NOW PLAYING IN THEATERS
  • WE'RE PREGNANT
  • UNDOCUMENTED ALIEN
  • ARMED ROBBERY/DRUG DEAL GONE BAD
  • TRUTHINESS
  • ASK YOUR DOCTOR
  • CHIPOTLE
  • i-ANYTHING
  • SEARCH
  • HEALTHY FOOD
  • BOASTS

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