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January 05, 2012

Blowback from Lake Superior on irritating words

Teaching-English-in-Japan-Education-Anderson-Cooper" Lake Superior University has released its list of banished words for 2012, including "blowback", "occupy" and amazingly, "amazing". The small public university on the border with Canada releases an annual list based on nominations from word-watchers around the United States. The "List of Words and Phrases Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness" for 2012 is as follows:

• amazing
• baby bump
• shared sacrifice
• occupy
• blowback
• man cave
• the new normal
• pet parent
• win the future
• trickeration
• ginormous
• thank you in advance

CNN's Anderson Cooper received blowback as a ginormous user of the word "amazing". The Lake Superior website has more details on why we should make the shared sacrifice to win the future and make the avoidance of these words the new normal. The university thanks you in advance for visiting their site.

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