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Re: [ga] Which Words Do You Think Need to Be Banished?

  • To: "Jeffrey A. Williams" <jwkckid1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Re: [ga] Which Words Do You Think Need to Be Banished?
  • From: Matthew Pemble <matthew@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:08:56 +0000

On 14 January 2011 19:22, Jeffrey A. Williams <jwkckid1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Every new year since Jan. 1, 1976, Lake Superior State University in Sault 
> Ste. Marie, Mich., has released a list of words or expressions that it 
> declares should be "banished from the Queen's English for misuse, overuse and 
> general uselessness." LSSU invites readers to submit a word to banish and 
> receives more than 1,000 entries. This year, LSSU reports that they received 
> the most nominations for "viral."

Why don't we agree that banning things that do no real harm (however
irritating they may be) is a nasty step on the road to
totalitarianism. "Bansturbation" is the common term in the UK for this
sort of "something must be done" knee-jerk reaction.

"Fail", of course, has been around since Julius was Caesaring:

"of Latin 'fallere': disappoint the expectations of, deceive."


Matthew Pemble
Technical Director, Idrach Ltd

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