from Lake Superior State University, MI's tongue-in-cheek "Annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness"!
Nominations have been invited from across the globe since 1976, and there are now about 900 words in the university's archives. This year the top of the list ("amazing") received 1500 nominations. There's even a Facebook page called "Overuse of the Word Amazing"! One person quoted in the article I read blamed it all on Martha Stewart, who thinks EVERYTHING'S amazing!!!
Here are 2011's winners:
win the future
the new normal
thank you in advance
Those words join last year's list, which included:
However, usage of some words, like "viral," stubbornly continue to hang on to this day.
I'll wager *you've* got one or two or five idiotic, useless favorites, right? Like, you know, the word "like"!?!!