University's Banished Words List For 2009 Lake Superior State University announced its annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. That includes the phrase shovel ready, which dug its own grave during the stimulus debate. The list also bans czar, tweet and app.
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University's Banished Words List For 2009

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University's Banished Words List For 2009

University's Banished Words List For 2009

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Lake Superior State University announced its annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. That includes the phrase shovel ready, which dug its own grave during the stimulus debate. The list also bans czar, tweet and app.

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You need not start the new year with a dated vocabulary. Luckily, Lake Superior State University announced its annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. That list includes the phrase shovel-ready, which dug its own grave during the stimulus debate. The list also bans czar, tweet and app. Now all we need is a language czar to tweet the death of these shovel-ready words. You're listening to MORNING EDITION.

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