Once or twice I’ve followed up on the WOTY (Word of the Year) roundup posts with a post describing words people would like to see expunged from the English language forever. As with WOTY lists, these banned lists often tell you a lot more about the people who put them together than the words themselves.
The best (and longest-lived) such “banned words” list is the one put together each year by Lake Superior State University. I didn’t bother covering it last year, partly because I was busy with other things, but partly because it was just too damned cranky and technophobic. Crankiness is always a factor with this type of list, but there’s a fine line between thoughtful negativity and mere bitter griping. So I skipped it. This year, the submitters are back in thoughtful form, so I’m back with a summary.