Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Lake Superior State University Banished Words List

Dear Sigmund,

What people do in parties is always a mystery: you have to be there to understand why or how did they came out with X or Y. Well, something similar happened 30 years ago at LSSU.
Let's see how are they doing this year. It's a great job and, for the Linguistics, says a lot about the ways languages move.


This "breaking news" just in: Lake Superior State University releases its 31st annual List of Words and Phrases Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.


~ Edgar Barrera


Anonymous said...

I'm sure I won't be affected because of the banished words because the chances are that I am not using those words. But most people would be using the banished words because habits are difficult to go. If people are used to certain words they can't so easily stop using them. But people use f and other forbidden four letter words and now even nice people use them like common household words. I doubt that they worry if the LSSU approves of the four letter f or other words.

ebarrera said...

I guess you missed the point. The guys at LSSU are not prohibiting words. The lists they are making is just a way to point out the silly expressions we're using.
There's a big difference between those who wants to forbin F words (or whatever) for "moral" reasons or just for PC, and people who love to work and deal with languages.
I can't imagine a language that doesn't changes, that doesn't evolves in time... that's part of the human nature; expressions we're using today are completely differents to those used 3 centuries ago.
Don't worry about the F word, I don't think we'll stop using it.
Have fun!