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'Viral' and 'epic fail' among 2011's banished words
Telegraph.co.uk ^

Posted on 12/31/2010 12:48:35 PM PST by Sub-Driver

'Viral' and 'epic fail' among 2011's banished words 'Viral', 'epic fail' and 'Mama Grizzly' are among a list of 'banished' words and phrases for 2011.

7:59PM GMT 31 Dec 2010

Lake Superior State University in Michigan, USA, released its annual list of overused and misused words and terms that should be banned for the year ahead. 'Viral' is often used to describe the rapid spreading of videos or other content over the internet, leads the list for 2011.

"This linguistic disease of a term must be quarantined," Kuahmel Allah of Los Angeles said in making a nomination.

Runners-up included 'epic' and 'fail,' often twinned to describe a blunder of monumental proportions.

A total of 14 words and terms were on the list, including: 'wow factor,' 'aha moment,' 'back story' and 'BFF' (Best Friends Forever). The use of Facebook and Google as verbs as made the list.

Voters suggested the banning of 'Mama Grizzlies,' used to describe right-wing female politicians in the mold of Sarah Palin, and 'man up,' famously used by Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharon Angle in a testy debate with Democrat Harry Reid and a favourite Palin expression as well.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: epic; fail; viral; words

1 posted on 12/31/2010 12:48:37 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

My kids have moved on to “Epic Win”.


2 posted on 12/31/2010 12:49:44 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (DeMint/Ryan 2012!!!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I guess they don’t want people using “Epic Fail” when talking about Obama.


3 posted on 12/31/2010 12:50:38 PM PST by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: Sub-Driver
I grew up in Michigan and never heard of that University.

As for the university, that schmuck from Los Angeles and the rest who want to banish the words to quote the Fonz; “Sit on it!”

4 posted on 12/31/2010 12:53:38 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Sub-Driver

5 posted on 12/31/2010 12:55:04 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Sub-Driver

I wish they would incorporate the word “incorporate”
into the list of overused and should be banished words.


6 posted on 12/31/2010 12:58:42 PM PST by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Let’s do this”. “Sounds like a plan”.


7 posted on 12/31/2010 12:59:15 PM PST by Inwoodian
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To: Sub-Driver
Lake Superior State University in Michigan, USA, released its annual list of overused and misused words and terms that should be banned for the year ahead.

Unexpected

8 posted on 12/31/2010 12:59:37 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is like the third posting of this.

Why are so many Palinisms on the list? Hmm. Someone’s got a pole stuck up and not the North Pole.


9 posted on 12/31/2010 1:01:09 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: Inwoodian

“Skyrocketing”


10 posted on 12/31/2010 1:01:35 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: EGPWS
Unexpected

Good one!

11 posted on 12/31/2010 1:05:59 PM PST by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Thats fine, but dont mess with the Epic Beard Man moniker.


12 posted on 12/31/2010 1:10:49 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: Sub-Driver
Every year the media morons overuse and hyperbolize some clever, catchy phrases; then, at the end of the year, the same morons declare the phrases verboten.

Wow, talk about creative journalism.

13 posted on 12/31/2010 1:11:31 PM PST by budj (beam me up, scotty...)
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To: SandRat
Lake Superior State is a small state university (about 2,5000 full-time enrollment) in Sault Ste. Marie.
14 posted on 12/31/2010 1:12:00 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: SandRat
I grew up in Michigan and never heard of that University.

Does Lake Superior State College ring a bell? Although it's been a university since 1987. It's in Sault Ste. Marie.

15 posted on 12/31/2010 1:13:10 PM PST by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: Sub-Driver
My list:
1. Obama
2. Pelosi
3. Reid
4. Holder
5. Napolitano
6. Axelrod
7. Gibbs
8. Emanuel
9. Tax
10. Spend
11. Liberal
12. Socialist
13. Communist
14. Steele
15. RINO
16 posted on 12/31/2010 1:14:37 PM PST by twister881
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To: Sub-Driver

“Looking to ...” confuses “hope” and “expect.”


17 posted on 12/31/2010 1:15:30 PM PST by Bhoy
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To: Sub-Driver
"This linguistic disease of a term must be quarantined," Kuahmel Allah of Los Angeles said in making a nomination.

How nice of him to lecture US on OUR language.

That said, among the most overused and incorrectly used words and phrases are...

"guys" meaning people.

and "further" meaning farther.

.

18 posted on 12/31/2010 1:17:49 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Sub-Driver

...at the end of the day...


19 posted on 12/31/2010 1:17:52 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas...)
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To: stayathomemom; bwc2221

Graduated from Eastern Michigan Universtiy in 1972 and had not heard of them.

Knew of UofM, Mich State, Central Mi U, Wayne State U (better known to us as Commie U), but not of them.


20 posted on 12/31/2010 1:19:29 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Sub-Driver

21 posted on 12/31/2010 1:19:49 PM PST by I see my hands (How's that ballot box working out for you?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Overused phrase: “Let me be clear”

Overused phrase that was eliminated at the end of 2010:

“Speaker Pelosi”


22 posted on 12/31/2010 1:23:24 PM PST by Christian4Bush (One countdown ends, the next begins. Less than 718 days until we vote out the jackass.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Bush’s Fault”. “fair”. “working families”. “end of life” “Muslim patriots” There is a whole new Obama lexicon


23 posted on 12/31/2010 1:25:10 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: Sub-Driver
They can't drop Epic Fail! It's the Federal Government's official policy!


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

24 posted on 12/31/2010 1:28:00 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: The Comedian

Killer moobage.


25 posted on 12/31/2010 1:32:01 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Sub-Driver
DIVERSITY

Ban it! I'm sick to puking death of it!!!!!

26 posted on 12/31/2010 4:37:57 PM PST by Blado (Bambi learned to act Black under Frank Marshall Davis. Socialism is the Opiate of the Masses)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’d like to banish the terms ‘social justice’, ‘how’s that working out for you’, and ‘kick it up a notch’, as well as ‘pop’ when used by interior decorators.


27 posted on 12/31/2010 6:11:04 PM PST by Think free or die
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