Lake Superior State University is crowdsourcing nominations for its 2012 List of Banished Words. The Sault Ste. Marie-based public university started taking nominations for banished words as a publicity ploy and a way to generate fun conversation about our ever-evolving English language. The list is strictly tongue-in-cheek, very much unlike, Banned Books Week, which, since 1982 has been the education field’s annual assertion of academic freedom. No one actually wants to ban any words. They just want to nominate shopworn words that people should stop using, voluntarily, in 2012.
The LSSU Banished Words list dates back to 1975, according to its webpage. "Former LSSU Public Relations Director Bill Rabe and friends created "word banishment" in 1975 at a New Year's Eve party and released the first list on New Year's Day," the page explains. "Since then, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which includes words and phrases from marketing, media, education, politics, technology and more."