Monday, January 01, 2007

Banned Words?

I just read an article about a university that released a list of banned words for 2006. Here is the list:

  • Gitmo
  • Combined celebrity names
  • Awesome
  • Gone or went missing
  • Pwn or pwned, a misspelling of “own” used by online video gamers
  • Now playing in theaters
  • We’re pregnant
  • Undocumented alien
  • Armed robbery gone bad or drug deal gone bad
  • Truthiness
  • Ask your doctor
  • Chipotle
  • i-anything
  • Search
  • Healthy food
  • Boasts
First of all, to be completely nasty here, this list comes from Lake Superior State University. Apologies to anyone who attended there (yeah right), but that isn't exactly on the A list for Ivy Leagueness, is it. I would resent being told what words I couldn't use by Harvard, much less Lake Superior State University.

Second.. some of those words have been around forever, such as "search" or the phrase "Ask Your Doctor." "Chipotle" is okay to ban, that is some nasty stuff.

Who put these guys in charge of word usage?

I have to confess to being very interested in lists from past years. ;-)


Odat said...

You should ask your doctor for the truthiness about's really healthy food...I boasts...

mist1 said...

That list is like, the bulk of my vocabulary. How will I ever talk again?

heartinsanfrancisco said...

My own awesome gitmo went missing while i-search for chipotle healthy food and now boasts that we're pregnant - ask your doctor, and that's the truthiness, Ruthiness, though the drug deal went bad because the undocumented alien, Brangelina, is now playing in theatres.

The CEO said...

Just ignore that shit.

Crankster said...

I guess there's a lot of personal choice here. For example, I love chipotles, but I never want to hear another combined celebrity name.


Huh? Banned in what way?