These Words Are Now Banned from the English Language

Every year Lake Superior State University bans a bunch of words and phrases from the English language for good. They just released their list today and, I must say, it is amazing. Oh wait, we can't say "amazing" anymore.

The number one word for removal was "amazing," which people say is overused but I say is actually quite handy. How can you get rid of "amazing?" I can see how you would get rid of the affected "a-mah-zing, but banishing "amazing" is like kicking "awesome" to the curb. You wouldn't do that, would you? It would be like throwing out your Rubik's Cube!

Here's the rest of the list:

  • Baby Bump
  • Shared Sacrifice
  • Occupy
  • Blowback
  • Man Cave
  • The New Normal
  • Pet Parent
  • Win the Future
  • Trickeration
  • Ginormous
  • Thank You In Advance

Yes, "baby bump," "man cave," and "ginormous" are all awful. Kill them with fire (oh, speaking of phrases that need to be banned...). But what is going on with some of these other ones? I think "occupy" is good as long as it's referring to an actual protest. If it's a bunch of girls who are like "We are going to rage tonight. Occupy this bar! WHOO-HOO!!!" then that is stupid and we should ban that forever too, but still useful.

Some of these other ones I never even heard of. "Trickeration?" Is that a dimension where all your former tricks live? "Pet Parent?" Is that your dog's mom? "Win the Future?" Is that a time travel game show? I guess for not knowing what they are I'm happy they're gone forever. Good work, guys.

What linguistic flourishes would you guys like to get rid of? I'm sure you have some amazing opinions on this. Let us know in the comments.

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