On one hand, freedom of speech is part of what makes America great. On the other, is there a way we can make a provision in the First Amendment to ban the use of "recessionista?"
Fortunately for us, it's that glorious time of year again, when Lake Superior State University releases its list of words
deemed suitable for banning from the English language.
We can totally agree with some of the words they've come up with
(sexting, tweet, app, bromance, chillaxin'
), while others we've never heard an actual person say to our faces in real life (shovel-ready? teachable moment?). The words are selected for banishment because of "over-use, misuse, and general uselessness," but we've noticed a few words that are in our opinion missing.
Our picks, for your consideration:
-- Please don't try to make being knocked up any cutesier than it already is. Have you ever attended public school health class? There's nothing cute about pregnancy.
-- The word is as irritating as the actual concept that you should spend your vacation days sitting in your living room, fixing stuff and watching DVR'd episodes of "Hoarders."Tweet
-- The problem is, if you're saying this word, it means you're actively talking about Twitter, and are consequently very boring.
-- No. Just ... no.
-- Just saying the word "loves" instead of saying "I liked it" needs to stop. "Heart" is also an unacceptable way to express appreciation of something.
-- Congrats on being married and talking about your spouse like he's some kind of pet. Now go stand in the corner until we say you can come back.
We're sure there are plenty more out there that we just can't think of because coming up with this list has made our blood pressure so high we're seeing large black spots, so tell us -- what annoying words would you ban if given the choice?
We totes want to know. Barf.
(PS: If you're a word junkie, check out this video
announcing Webster's Word of 2009: "Distracted Driving")