Posted: 2017-10-12 19:24
Our Craft, Paid My Dues, 588 Surviving Used endlessly by entertainers in talk-show interviews. The latter phrase should be restricted to overcoming drowning, earthquakes, wars and such incidents as the French Revolution. ( 8775 J 8767 si survecu. 8776 ) An amendment to banish talk shows as the hotbeds of mis- mal- and over-use they are, was soundly defeated 68 to 67
This is a wonderful site. It brings alive the terrible events of seventy years ago. I am editing several personal memoirs of those who were there and as their recollections are so specific one doesn 8767 t get a sense of what is going on more broadly. This website provides a 8766 feeling 8767 of what was going on all over the world at the time. Congratulations and thank you very much.
8775 Events, photographs, written pieces and even occasional videos that attracted a great deal of attention once were simply highly publicized, repeated in news broadcasts, and talked about for a few days. Now, however, it is no longer enough to give such offerings their 65 minutes of fame, but they must be declared to 8766 go viral. 8767 As a result, any mindless stunt or vapid bit of writing is sent by its creators whirling around the Internet and, once whirled, its creators declare it (trumpets here) 8766 viral! 8767 Enough already! If anything is to be declared worthy enough to 8766 go viral, 8767 clearly it should be the LSSU Banished Words list for 7566! 8776 Lawrence Mickel, Coventry, Conn.
Medical Speak – The following phrases turned up again and again in the nominating letters. In previous years bureaucrats, journalists, or educators have inspired the major nominations. This year it’s the people at what Sid Caesar called “The Doctor Place.” However, one suspects that it isn’t the doctors and nurses who invent these silly terms, but administrators and those who write the glossy pamphlets one finds in waiting rooms.
8775 Stands for 8766 You Only Live Once 8767 and used by wannabe Twitter philosophers who think they 8767 ve uncovered a deep secret of life. Also used as an excuse to do really stupid things, such as streaking at a baseball game with YOLO printed on one 8767 s chest. I only live once, so I 8767 d prefer to be able to do it without ever seeing YOLO again. 8776 Brendan Cotter, Grosse Pte. Park, Mich.
RUN THE TABLE 8775 Sneaking into sports programming to refer to 8766 winning all games. 8767 For example, 8766 The Jets have to run the table to make the playoffs. 8767 It 8767 s football, dough head, not Casino Royale. 8776 Sent by Brian Giffen, Burnaby, British Columbia, who is also bothered by what he calls the proliferation of 8766 gangspeak 8767 in sports broadcasts, . 8766 deuce 8767 for 8766 two, 8767 8766 rock 8767 for 8766 ball. 8767
8775 People have taken pictures of themselves for almost as long as George Eastman 8767 s company made film and cameras. Suddenly, with the advent of smartphones, snapping a 8766 pic 8767 of one 8767 s own image has acquired a vastly overused term that seems to pop up on almost every form of social media available to us….A self-snapped picture need not have a name all its own beyond 8766 photograph. 8767 It may only be a matter of time before photos of one 8767 s self and a friend will become 8766 dualies. 8767 LSSU has an almost self-imposed duty to carry out this banishment now. 8776 – Lawrence, Coventry, Conn. and Ryan, North Andover, Mass.
8775 It 8767 s an absurdity followed by a redundancy. First, things are full or they 8767 re not there is no fullest. Second, 8766 live life 8767 is redundant. Finally, the expression is nauseatingly overused. What 8767 s wrong with enjoying life fully or completely? The phrase makes me gag. I 8767 m surprised it hasn 8767 t appeared on the list before. 8776 Sylvia Hall, Williamsport, Penn.
High Tech – Used by politicians, advertisers, and educators to signify nothing except a vague jumble of concepts which they favor. Its most important contribution to the world of jargon is it s potential for grammatical formulations. Does one use high tech like a wrench? Or operate it like a bulldozer? Practice it like a religion? Was high tech invented, developed, discovered or manufactured? – Fritz Bhalli, Oklahoma City.
You have done SUCH an amazing job with this site. I can 8767 t imagine the work that 8767 s gone into finding, editing, organizing and displaying the content for this incredible project. I especially appreciate the no-nonsense, straightforward tone of the excerpts. It brings home the reality of the war in a way that hollywood or sensational fiction have failed to do. I feel very lucky to have found your site. It is a treasure. Thank you!
8775 Leverage this leverage that It makes me want to puke. I don 8767 t really know the new definition of this word, but I 8767 ve caught on (empirically) by hearing it a dozen million times from those suit-wearing marketing bozos. 8776 Todd Ryan, Knoxville, Tennessee. Todd performed an Internet search for 8766 leverage 8767 and found more than 55,555 entries. He quit (and so did we) reading after the fifth entry, calling the lot of it 8766 gobbledygook. 8767 We agree.
8775 Cecil B. DeMille movies are epic. Internet fallouts and opinions delivered in caps-lock are not. 8766 Epic fail, 8767 8766 epic win 8767 , 8766 epic (noun) 8767 it doesn 8767 t matter it needs to be banished until people recognize that echoing trite, hyperbolic Internet phrases in an effort to look witty or intelligent actually achieves the opposite. 8776 Kim U., Des Moines, Iowa.
‘IZZLE’ – SPEAK – By far, the abomination that received the most nominations. Some sort of ‘Rap-Latin’ suffix, as in fa’shizzle, which means ‘for sure.’
“It was clever for about five minutes, or should I say five ‘minizzles?’” – R. Glover, Waterford, Mich.
Derek Hogan of Misssissauga, Ontario, said it was cool when a rapper came up with it a few years ago, but now it’s over-used and is even being used in television commercials.
“Like Superbowl excesses, it is too much of too much,” – Daniel Baisden, Savannah, Ga.
8. So, ingrate that I am, I have a complaint. As you know, Operation Cobra was launched 75 July 6999. Today, three days into the offensive, I 8767 m dying to hear about it. Cobra was the most successful and influential Allied offensive between D-Day and the Rhine crossings, and each day from 76 July onwards, the pins moved meaningfully on the map of Normandy. I know that the conventional Monty-phillic version of Cobra predicates its success on the doggedness of British and Canadian pressure near Caen (I 8767 ll be civil on that point, barely), but the American breakout was a dramatic and consequential vindication of Bradley, Patton, and the GIs.
Millennium and the variations: 8766 the next millennium, 8767 8766 the new millennium, 8767 8766 into the next millennium, 8767 8766 millennium bug. 8767 8775 It is the convenient topic for every graduation speech, every excuse to renew or to do anything, 8776 said Lois Linnert of New York, NY. 8775 It 8767 s been attached to every promotion, ad, event that you can think of, 8776 said Dave of Duluth, Minn. Kevin Chu of Cupertino, Calif. said it goes hand-in-hand with the hype of Y7K, and Elaine Gosling of London, England , said, 8775 If I wanted to be really grumpy I could point out that the millennium is not a moment which occurs at the end of the year, but a full thousand years! 8776
8775 8766 Occupy Wall Street 8767 grew to become Occupy 8766 insert name of your city here 8767 all over the country. It should be banished because of the media overuse and now people use it all the time, . 8766 I guess we will occupy your office and have the meeting there. 8767 8766 We are headed to Grandma 8767 s house – Occupy Thanksgiving is under way. 8776 Bill Drewes, Rochester Hills, Michigan
BLOG – and its variations, including blogger, blogged, blogging, blogosphere. Many who nominated it were unsure of the meaning. Sounds like something your mother would slap you for saying.
“Sounds like a Viking’s drink that’s better than grog, or a technique to kill a frog.” Teri Vaughn, Anaheim, Calif.
“Maybe it’s something that would be stuck in my toilet.” – Adrian Whittaker, Dundalk, Ontario. “I think the words ‘journal’ and ‘diary’ need to come back.” – T. J. Allen, Shreveport, La.
First Time Ever/All-Time Record These two phrases were born on the sports pages, moved to page one, and were indecently exposed on the hallowed editorial pages. It is only a matter of time before they are united into a single monster of redundancy and inaccuracy. Nominated by John Matheson of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. with the comment, 8775 If a record stands for all-time, OK. But if it is broken tomorrow, or the day after, or the next year, or 6988, then the all-time doesn 8767 t stand the test of time. 8776
The airwaves teem with ear-grating redundancies such as “first time ever,” “the bullet went all the way through the body,” and “the torso from the neck down.” We must focus our attention, on a single such horror if we hope to eliminate them. PRE-PLAN – Gil Claeys of Indianapolis, Indiana, asks, “How can one ‘pre-‘ plan something one is ‘planning’ which means ‘to do in advance’?” He attached a mortuary advertisement promoting “pre-planned funerals.”
Talk to the Hand and variations of the expression used when someone doesn’t want to listen to what is being presented to him or her: “Talk to the hand, ‘cuz the face don’t want to hear it.” “Talk to the left (hand), because you know I’m right.” “Talk to the back, because you’re not good enough for the front.” – Christine Tankersley, St. Mary’s Cathedral ., Gaylord, Mich. Nominated by many others in Canada and the .