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And Now...For Something Completely Strange...
Don't Say It! 10 Banned Words
What do "maverick," "staycation," and "green" have in common? They should all be banned! So say the guardians of the English language, whose day jobs are at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. This group annually takes on the role of word police by collecting a list of words and phrases that we have used so much they have become annoying. The solution? Ban them!
Here are 10 of the banned words and phrases on the 2009 list that were winnowed down from hundreds of entries:
1. Green: Environmental buzzwords are getting the axe this year. "Green" and "going green" received the most nominations. If something is good for the environment, just say so. As Kermit the Frog would say, "It isn't easy being green."
2. Carbon footprint: When you hear this word, do you envision microscopic impressions on the surface of the earth where an atom of carbon forgot to wear its shoes? Leaving a carbon footprint is the newest way to be politically incorrect.
3. Maverick: I'm a maverick, he's a maverick, wouldn't you like to be a maverick, too? You know it's time to banish this word when members of the Maverick family, who are descended from the rancher who inspired the term, say it's being misused.
4. First dude: Skateboard English is not an appropriate way to refer to the spouse of a high-ranking public official.
5. Bailout: The use of emergency funds to remove toxic assets from banks' balance sheets is not a bailout. When your cousin calls you from jail in the middle of the night, that is a bailout.
6. Wall Street/Main Street: It was clever when we first heard it. Now it's just overused.
7. Staycation: "Vacation" does not mean "travel," nor does travel always involve vacation. Just ask all those business road warriors.
8. Not so much: This has been widely used in sports, such as, "The Gophers have a shot at the playoffs; the Chipmunks, not so much." Do I like concise writing? Yes. Do I like verbose clichés? Not so much.
9. Icon: An icon is a visual symbol or representation that inspires worship or veneration so let's find a new word to describe all those iconic actors and actresses. How about "legendary"? Or "famous"? Everyone can't be an icon.
10. It's that time of year again: When is it NOT that time of year again?
Artists:** SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS, PLEASE!!**
www.anniespics.com - Ann K. Taylor / Photographer
firstname.lastname@example.org - Susan Kendrick Independent Distributor of ( see #23 )www.carolinasculpturestudio.com - Chris Button
www.twitter.com/hubbubSC * Alix Refshauge/HUBBUB Twitter Page
www.potteryplacesc.com - Christine McBee
www.arthousegallery.us – Artist Neil Medlin
www.heriloombirdhouses.net – Donna McGuffin
email@example.com – Roberta Littlejohn – YOUniquely Yours
www.brandidice.com – Artist Brandi Dice
www.myspace.com/aarontroski - Aaron Troski - Custom Art
firstname.lastname@example.org – Photographer Thomas Koenig
Whimsys@hushmail.com – Dot & Carrie J. Long – Custom Made Jewelry
www.youngheartart.com – Artist Leslie Lehman
www.arlissagreen.com – Artist/Sculptress Arlissa Green
www.melissaearley.com – Artist Melissa Earley
www.ashleyholt.com – Artist Ashley Holt
www.myspace.com/mylittlebirdsandmonsters - Artist Scott Deskins
www.studiochris.us - Artist Chris Price
www.littlebittydesigns.com – Artist Christina Ramsey – Handmade Jewelry
www.rachelhwhiteart.com – Artist Rachel H. White
www.abstraktrt.blogspot.com/2008/05/my-art-gallery.html - Me
www.abstraktrt.blogspot.com/2008/07/my-art-gallery-2.html - Me Again
www.creativechick.com * Artist Susan Sorrell
www.premierdesigns.com - Premier Designs - High Fashion Jewelry
www.artistsguildofspartanburg.com– Spartanburg Artists Guild
www.greenvillearts.org Greenville Art
www.hub-bub.com * Hub-bub/Showroom Site
www.carolinagalleryart.com - Carolina Gallery Site
www.spartanburgcreativeenergy.com - Spartanburg Creative Energy Site
www.littlehouseartstudios.com *creativechicks Studio
Authors:** Read a Book **
www.kgmcabee.net – Author K. Gail McAbee
email@example.com – Andrew F. Rickis – Author
www.myspace.com/sethwalkerblues - Musician Seth Walker
www.myspace.com/thebellevilleoutfit - Musical Group Belleville Outfit
www.myspace.com/christabelmusic - Christabel and the Jons
www.myspace.com/comacinema - Local Band Coma Cinema
www.angelaeasterling.com - Musician Angela Easterling
www.rockandrollreunion.ning.com -Tom Crabtrees Rock Band
www.matthewsmith.us - Christian Musician Matthew Smith
www.spartanburgspark.com * New Local Online Newspaper
www.good.is *Online Starbucks Publication
www.kindercarolina.org * ROOT Magazine Online Edition
Businesses:**Support Local Businesses, PLEASE!!!**
www.spartancustom.net - FOR ALL YOUR SCREEN PRINTING NEEDS
www.walnutgroveauction.com -Walnut Grove Auctions
www.eventrentals.com - Event Rentals
www.twebcomics.com - The Tangled Web
www.myspace.com/twebcomics *Tangled Web Myspace Site
www.trinitytattoocompany.com * Christian Owned
Restaurants:** EAT SOMETHING!!! **
www.chilicheeseburger.com * Big Daddys Restaurant
www.brasserie-ecosse.com * Brasseire-Ecosse Restaurant
www.rosecottagegardens.com * Rose Cottage Gardens
www.bullhawgsbbq.com - Great BBQ
www.mellowmushroom.com/spartanburg Mellow Mushroom Site
www.myspace.com/mellowmushroomspartanburg - Mellow Mushroom Myspace
Radio:**Listen to the Radio would ya? **
www.twitter.com/8775MRSHOW * Matt & Ramonas Twitter Page
www.johnboyandbilly.com- John Boy and Billy 101.1 FM WROQ
www.bobandsheri.com - Bob and Sheri 107.9 FM WLNK
www.candyandpotter.com - Candy and Potter 107.9 FM WLNK
www.mattandramona.com - Matt And Ramona 107.9 FM WLNK
www.cooperlawrenceshow.com - Cooper Lawrence 107.9 FM WLNK
www.pamstoneshow.com - Pam Stone 107.9 FM WLNK
www.shine967.com - 96.7 FM
www.soundoflight.com - Sound of Light Site
www.dmlive.com - Dawson McAllisters Site
Television:**WATCH TELEVISION, PLEASE!! **
www.twitter.com/tvamy - Amy Woods Twitter Page
www.theribbit.com - Amy Woods Site
www.carolinascw.com/chat - CW News @ 10 Pm Chat Room
www.yourcarolina.tv/features/livechat - Your Carolina Chat
www.graciewood.com - Amy Woods Daughters Site
www.4pawsfornoah.blogspot.com * Check It out....
www.redcross.org - American Red Cross
www.tolerance.org - Tolerance
www.autismspeaks.org - Autism
www.hannahshopeministries.org - In Honor of Hannah Sobeski
www.caringbridge.org - For People who wish to stay In Touch
www.carolinapregnancy.org - Carolina Pregnancy
www.upward.org - Upward
www.handicappedathletes.com - H.A.L.T.E.R.