I came across the Lake Superior State University 2005 List of Banished Words and I can’t determine if this is some sort of silly joke or not. It really wouldn’t surprise me, with the level of liberalism and political correctness that has overrun the colleges and universities across America. Here is what I found, and you can find the original here.
BLUE STATES/RED STATES Ã¢â¬â WhoÃ¢â¬â¢s who, anyway? Ã¢â¬ÅI remember when I was a kid and Georgia was purple,Ã¢â¬Â says Peter Pietrangelo, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Ã¢â¬ÅA good map has more than two colors.Ã¢â¬Â
FLIP FLOP/FLIP FLOPPER/FLIP FLOPPING Ã¢â¬â They belong at the beach, not in a political dialogue. Ã¢â¬ÅRepublicans used it; Democrats used it back. Flip-flop back and forth it goes.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Jeff Lewis, Ada, Mich.
BATTLEGROUND STATE Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬ÅDuring an election, every state is a battleground.Ã¢â¬Â — Austin White, West Hartford, Conn.
Ã¢â¬ÅDid it mean Bush and Kerry would go toe-to-toe?Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Evan Cornell, Ligonier, Penn.
Ã¢â¬ÅÃ¢â¬Â¦ AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGEÃ¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Received the most nominations of the words and phrases that came out of the presidential election. From political ads to auto partsÃ¢â¬Â¦
Ã¢â¬ÅWhat started in political ads is spiraling out of control.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Jim Blashill, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Ã¢â¬ÅIÃ¢â¬â¢ve heard three local car commercials where the morons use that phrase!Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â John Venezia, Colorado Springs, Colo. Ã¢â¬âÃ¢â¬ÅWould a political candidate approve a message they did not agree with?Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â John Gorsline, Albuquerque, NM. Ã¢â¬ÅIÃ¢â¬â¢m Kristina and I approve this nomination.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Kristina, Granite City, Ill.
POCKETS OF RESISTANCE Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬ÅAre we talking about someone not buying a round of drinks or people shooting at each other?Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Rob of Crawley, West Sussex, UK.
Ã¢â¬ÅSounds like someone having trouble pulling their hands out of their pants pockets.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Joe Hutley, Las Vegas, NV.
IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE Ã¢â¬â As opposed to what used to be referred to as a bomb or mine. Ã¢â¬ÅIs this anything like a bomb or is it more (or less) sinister?Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Harold Blackwood, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
ENEMY COMBATANT Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬ÅMakes no sense. Do we have friendly combatants? Neutral combatants? Or how about enemy bystanders? If they are your enemy, just say so.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Bill Sellers, Hampton, Va.
CARBS Ã¢â¬â low carbs, high carbs, no carbs, carb-friendlyÃ¢â¬Â¦ Meant Ã¢â¬ËcarburetorÃ¢â¬â¢ in a previous life. Needs to be purged from our system.
Ã¢â¬ÅYouÃ¢â¬â¢re not fat because you eat bread; youÃ¢â¬â¢re fat because you eat too much!Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Emily Price, Norfolk, Va.
Ã¢â¬ÅWhatÃ¢â¬â¢s the point of low-carb beer? A person that concerned about Ã¢â¬ËcarbsÃ¢â¬â¢ shouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t even be drinking beer.Ã¢â¬Â Roger Briskey, Orlando, Fla.
YOUÃ¢â¬â¢RE FIRED! Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬ÅÃ¢â¬Â¦and the little hand movement, too!Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Jason Ranville, State College, Penn.
One nominator suggested that to say it would soon constitute a trademark infringement.
ÃÅBER Ã¢â¬â Nominated by many over the past few years, including Paul Freedman, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Ã¢â¬ÅSince when has this become a prefix for everything? ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s ÃÂ¼ber-rific!Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Lolina, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Ã¢â¬ÅÃ¢â¬Â¦Everything that is big, amazing, unique is described as ÃÂ¼ber.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Sue, Colorado Springs, Co.
Ã¢â¬ËIZZLEÃ¢â¬â¢ Ã¢â¬â SPEAK Ã¢â¬â By far, the abomination that received the most nominations. Some sort of Ã¢â¬ËRap-LatinÃ¢â¬â¢ suffix, as in faÃ¢â¬â¢shizzle, which means Ã¢â¬Ëfor sure.Ã¢â¬â¢
Ã¢â¬ÅIt was clever for about five minutes, or should I say five Ã¢â¬Ëminizzles?Ã¢â¬â¢Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â R. Glover, Waterford, Mich.
Derek Hogan of Misssissauga, Ontario, said it was cool when a rapper came up with it a few years ago, but now itÃ¢â¬â¢s over-used and is even being used in television commercials.
Ã¢â¬ÅLike Superbowl excesses, it is too much of too much,Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Daniel Baisden, Savannah, Ga.
WARDROBE MALFUNCTION Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬ÅJanet JacksonÃ¢â¬â¢s bodice did not Ã¢â¬Ëmalfunction,Ã¢â¬â¢Ã¢â¬Â says John Wetterholt, Woodstock, Ill. Ã¢â¬ÅJustin Timberlake pulled too much and too far and I could hear the cogs turning in his publicistÃ¢â¬â¢s head trying to come up with that excuse!Ã¢â¬Â
Ã¢â¬ÅIt wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t the wardrobeÃ¢â¬â¢s fault!Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Jane Starr, Edmonton, Alberta
Ã¢â¬ÅSure to be this generationÃ¢â¬â¢s Watergate, misapplied to all situations both imaginable and not so.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â David Edgar, Sydney, Australia
BLOG Ã¢â¬â and its variations, including blogger, blogged, blogging, blogosphere. Many who nominated it were unsure of the meaning. Sounds like something your mother would slap you for saying.
Ã¢â¬ÅSounds like a VikingÃ¢â¬â¢s drink thatÃ¢â¬â¢s better than grog, or a technique to kill a frog.Ã¢â¬Â Teri Vaughn, Anaheim, Calif.
Ã¢â¬ÅMaybe itÃ¢â¬â¢s something that would be stuck in my toilet.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Adrian Whittaker, Dundalk, Ontario. Ã¢â¬ÅI think the words Ã¢â¬ËjournalÃ¢â¬â¢ and Ã¢â¬ËdiaryÃ¢â¬â¢ need to come back.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â T. J. Allen, Shreveport, La.
WEBINAR Ã¢â¬â for Ã¢â¬Ëseminar on the web.Ã¢â¬â¢ Ã¢â¬ÅItÃ¢â¬â¢s silly. Next weÃ¢â¬â¢ll have a Dutch Ã¢â¬ËdunchÃ¢â¬â¢ Ã¢â¬Â¦ bring your own lunch for a digital lunch meeting.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Karen Nolan, Charlotte, NC.
ZERO PERCENT APR FINANCING Ã¢â¬â sending a dollar to do a nickelÃ¢â¬â¢s worth of work. Michael Hehn, Ferrysburg, Mich. Ã¢â¬ÅThey could just say Ã¢â¬Ëno interest.Ã¢â¬â¢
SAFE AND EFFECTIVE Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬ÅTry the new, clinically proven, safe and effective wonder drug you never knew you neededÃ¢â¬Â¦Safe and effective should not be a selling point, it should be an FDA requirement!Ã¢â¬Â CW Estes, Roanoke Texas.
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION Ã¢â¬â Do we need to hear about it daily on TV and radio, even on racecars? Firmly rejected by the committee. Ã¢â¬ÅToo much information!Ã¢â¬Â Carolyn Jamsa, Chillicothe, Ill.
JOURNEY Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬ÅEvery single person on every reality show comments on how amazing the Ã¢â¬ËjourneyÃ¢â¬â¢ was. Since when does dating a dozen nerds over a six-week span or conniving to win a million dollars over 15 other people qualify as a Ã¢â¬ËjourneyÃ¢â¬â¢Ã¢â¬Â? Ã¢â¬â Cindy, Victoria, British Columbia.
BODY WASH Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬ÅAlso known as Ã¢â¬Ësoap.Ã¢â¬â¢Ã¢â¬Â — Ray Hill, Jackson, Mich.
SALE EVENT Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬ÅYear-end sales are now Ã¢â¬Ësales events.Ã¢â¬â¢ Now most have shortened it to Ã¢â¬Ëevent.Ã¢â¬â¢ Does the sale exist any longer? Ã¢â¬ËHey, nice new Chevy, Bob!Ã¢â¬â¢ Ã¢â¬ËThanks, it was on event at the dealer last week.Ã¢â¬â¢Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Allan Dregseth, Fargo, ND.
ALL NEW Ã¢â¬â referring to television showsÃ¢â¬Â¦ Ã¢â¬ÅOf course itÃ¢â¬â¢s all new. Why canÃ¢â¬â¢t they just say Ã¢â¬ËnewÃ¢â¬â¢? There are no partially-new episodes, no repeat of last TuesdayÃ¢â¬â¢s episode with a slightly reworked Act 2.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Greg Ellis, Bellevue, Wash.
AND MORE! Ã¢â¬â The merchants way of giving you something Ã¢â¬Åvalue added.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬ÅEvery merchant offers carpets, flooring and more. Can we envision baskets, caskets and more? Need I say less?Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Ray of Willard, Ohio.
Ã¢â¬ÅGoods and services no longer have limits! Everything marketed can be something else! Ã¢â¬ËItÃ¢â¬â¢s a hamburger meal, but itÃ¢â¬â¢s much, much moreÃ¢â¬Â¦ItÃ¢â¬â¢s a time machine, too!Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬â Mark of Kanata, Ontario.