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Word abuse
Posted by: McQ on Friday, January 02, 2009

Heh ... here's an interesting exercise:
A Michigan university has released its 34th annual list of words and phrases ripe for banishment from the English language, including "green" and "maverick."

Lake Superior State University in the city of Sault Ste. Marie said its 34th annual "List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness" was based on nominations from the public.

"Green" — including variations "going green," "building green," "greening," "green technology" and others — received the most nominations this year, the school said.

Two additional environmentally themed entries, "carbon footprint" and "carbon offsetting," also made the list.

The list included other words bandied about by politicians during 2008, including "maverick," "bailout" and "game changer."

Nominators also lamented the use of "staycation" to mean a vacation that does not involve traveling far from home.

"Occurrences of this word are going up with gas prices. 'Vacation' does not mean 'travel,' nor does travel always involve vacation. Let's send this word on a slow boat to nowhere," said Dan Muldoon of Omaha.
Er, how about "change"?

To bad they didn't address phrases - like "for the children", "yes, we can" and "hope and change".

Any words you'd like to see banished for "Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness?"
 
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"’Vacation’ does not mean ’travel,’ "

Hey, jessasec! I always assumed that "vacation" referred to the fact that you "vacate" your place of residence/employment/etc. and you "-tion" (read "shun") your responsibilities. So travel is an essential part of a "vacation, no? I’m just sayin...
 
Written By: CR
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Words that are obsolete and / or have grossly changed in meaning:

Ethics

Racism

Patriotism

Might as well expunge them from the dictionaries as they have no use in the English language any more.
 
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And "lie". Thanks to the left, it has a radically new meaning.
 
Written By: McQ
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I think we should get a consensus together so that the term "Global Warming" is banned.
 
Written By: Veeshir
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Speaking of which, I just had to remove about 7 inches of "global warming" from my driveway and sidewalks.
 
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Well, look, this is Michigan were talking about after all. And better yet; a university in Michigan. You didn’t expect that list to be inclusive of leftist catch phrases did you really?

indeed, in light of that fact, I wonder how it is they manage to include the word green? I would have thought that would have been one of the holy words. On the other hand, maybe even the left in Michigan is getting tired of that nonsense.

 
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My vote is to ban the word "impact" when we mean "affect." I only want to see impact used when it has a decidedly collision related connotation. "The Israeli rockets made a definite impact on the Hamas headquarters."

While we are at it ban the terms "female" and "male" when we mean man or woman. I think male/female are best used as adjectives: "I have a male dog." Using them as nouns cheapens the idea of "man" and "woman". Example: "I saw a couple of females at the bar and thought I would talk with them." Does anyone else agree with me? or am I just some misguided male?
 
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And "lie". Thanks to the left, it has a radically new meaning.
Well of course only the right lies after all
 
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"Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness" you say?

Barack Obama?
 
Written By: The Gonzman
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I used to want to see the word "frankly" banned from politicians’ speech. However, later I realized it served an important purpose.

Think about it. If a politician has to inform us when he or she is being frank, then that means we can assume that they are not being frank the rest of the time, right? Now, "frank" means "sincere, without inhibition or subterfuge", so we now have tangible evidence that politicans are mostly insincere and using subterfuge, since they see a need to tell us when they are not being that way.
 
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Every time I hear the phrase greatest nation n earth, I take hold of my wallet.
 
Written By: Neo
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How about "MPG HWY".
 
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Compassionate Conservative
 
Written By: Is
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disproportionate - lately overused and used incorrectly

social justice - meaningless term that only indicates the person using it is a leftist

accountability - often used but appears to have no actual meaning

neocon - now completely meaningless. Used mainly by leftists to mean anyone they disagree with

fascist - see above
 
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This is such an important thread, about the abuse and misuse of language, that I think McQ should make it, somehow, a standard feature, even a research project of sorts.

My nominee for an abused word, but one that obviously can’t be gotten rid of, is right or rights. Overused to describe anything that people want or need, rights have been turned into shopping lists for the socially aggrieved.

Having a need for medical care doesn not mean that you have a right to it, for instance.

It is freedom of enterprise, and only freedom of enterprise, that produces wealth substantial enough to create a prosperous society. Government takes blood from that to provide for those who are not providing for themselves, and in fact encourages those at the margins not to provide for themselves. Thus killing the instinctual drive to take care of business.

My suspicion is that we are about to have a President and a Congress that will declare that people have a "right" to a whole bunch of things, which will in fact be a declaration — actually an expansion — of a war on the work, wealth and property of others. A right is a claim that is just, and no individual has a just claim on the property of any other individual.

The line between charity freely given and property taken by force is not a thin one. It’s a broad reinforced concrete line.

And I know this is old basic stuff, but it needs to be said and said again, because we have several generations now who have been bred to the cannibal pot, as Beck puts it, and working back to fundamentals and conceptual clarity is work that is never finished.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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Rights are whatever the law sez they are. Natural rights are a figment of some dead writer’s imagination.
 
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Rights are whatever the law sez they are. Natural rights are a figment of some dead writer’s imagination.
Another liberal — this one barely sentient — rejects the first princples of the Declaration of Independence.

He believes that only the law affords him a right to his own life. He can make no just claim to it without law, and so also calls into question the entire concept of just laws.
 
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"Newspaper".
 
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Appearence of impropriety.

A license for demagogues to slander and destroy with innuendo and insinuation. It is a sign of the lack of courage of the intelligentsia in our country that none of them have protested this standard.
 
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not a word, but a couple of phrases: economic stimulus, free healthcare and Patriot Act
 
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