Banished Words–No, Not That List

It’s that time again. On New Year’s Day, Lake Superior State University released its 43rd annual List of Words Banished From the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use  and General Uselessness.   (You can see my post on last year’s list and the history of the list here.)

So, on to some of the 2018 words and the selection committee’s comments:

  • Tons–Refers to an exaggerated quantity, as in tons of sunshine or tons of work. “Lots” would surely suffice.
  • Impactful–A frivolous word groping for something “effective” or “influential”
  • Unpack–Misused word for analyze, consider, assess. Concepts or positions are not packed so they do not need to be unpacked.
  • Gig economy–Gigs are for musicians and stand-up comedians. Now expanded to imply a sense of freedom and a lifestyle that rejects tradition in a changing economic culture. Runs a risk of sharecropping.
  • Drill down–Instead of expanding on a statement, we “drill down on it.”

I have to agree with all the terms selected with the exception of “gig economy.” I think it perfectly fits the Uber drivers, retail workers, and others who string together a bunch of jobs to make a living without a safety net.

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment.

Quotable

It is often forgotten that (dictionaries) are artificial repositories, put together well after the languages they define. The roots of language are irrational and of a magical nature.

–Jorge Luis Borges

 

 

 

 

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