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Banned Words of 2010

Posted in internet, language, lifehack by questionabletopic on Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Every year, Lake Superior State University publishes a list of overused words that should be banned:

Word “czars” at Lake Superior State University “unfriended” 15 words and phrases and declared them “shovel-ready” for inclusion on the university’s 35th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

“The list this year is a ‘teachable moment’ conducted free of ‘tweets,'” said a Word Banishment spokesman who was “chillaxin'” for the holidays. “‘In these economic times’, purging our language of ‘toxic assets’ is a ‘stimulus’ effort that’s ‘too big to fail.'”

Former LSSU Public Relations Director Bill Rabe and friends created “word banishment” in 1975 at a New Year’s Eve party and released the first list on New Year’s Day. Since then, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which includes words and phrases from marketing, media, education, technology and more.

Word-watchers may check the alphabetical “complete list” on the website before making their submissions.

Here are the 35th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselesness:

  • Shovel-ready
  • Transparent/Transparency
  • Czar
  • Tweet
  • App
  • Sexting
  • Friend as a verb
  • Teachable moment
  • In these economic times …
  • Stimulus
  • Toxic assets
  • Too big to fail
  • Bromance
  • Chillaxin’
  • Obama-prefix or roots


Подвійне ствердження

Posted in culture, language, opinions by questionabletopic on Sunday, May 4, 2008

Университет. Филологический факультет. Профессор:

– Знаете, господа студенты, в английском языке двойное отрицание означает утверждение. Такая ситуация встречается и в некоторых других языках. В частности – в русском. Но, что интересно, ни в одном языке мира двойное утверждение не означает отрицания

Голос с заднего ряда:


Cockney vocabulary

Posted in anthropology, language by questionabletopic on Wednesday, April 30, 2008

new British slang:

barmy (crazy)
coo! (wow!)
cor blimey
bloody ‘ell
‘ello guvna.
Wot’s all this then?
bloke (fellow)
treackle (doll)
cheeky (smart mouth)
silent h, r, or t th=f, as in anyfing (anything)
nito (bollocks) (south London term)
arry (skunk)
oates (cocaine)

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