Words like “sexting”, “tweeting” and “app” should be banned, says U.S. University

The Lake Superior State University has recently announced its 35th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

Comprised of terms and words that “deserve to be banned”, the list is made by the university’s wordsmiths, based on nominations coming from people all over the States.

This year’s list includes several terms related to mobile phones.

The fits one is app – which is, obviously, an abbreviation for (mobile) application, popularized since the iPhone was launched. “Is there an ‘app’ for making this annoying word go away? Why can’t we just call them ‘programs’ again?”, asks someone who nominated the word for the to-be-banned list. Well, I actually find abbreviations useful and I don’t think “app” is that annoying :)

Tweet, twittering, retweet and so on should also be banned, says the LSSU. Of course, they’re only referring to the tweets and twittering related to Twitter, and not to the original meaning of the words. “I’m tired of hearing about celebrity X’s new tweet, and how great of a tweeter he or she is,” points out some who’s definitely not at all into Twitter.

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Sexting (meaning to send a sexy text message) is also on the list, as well as friend used as a verb – i.e. “I’ve friended / unfriended someone on Facebook”.

Other words and terms that were deemed useless: chillaxin (combination between relaxing and chilling), in these economic times (“overused and redundant. Aren’t ALL times ‘these economic times’?”), and Obama-related words (Obamacare, Obamanation, Obamafication etc).

Via Lake Superior State University’s website

Author: Ilinca Nita

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  • Thickfrankie

    Screw the queen, mankind and life evolves. Keep it Moving!!!!!!

  • Kurisu

    Instead of doing useless stuff like this, they'd be better off doing research for terminal diseases and the like.
    There's people dying from cancer and other non-curable diseases every day, and all they can think of is how annoying the word “app” sounds? It's no wonder that the world is degrading right now…

  • Kurisu

    Instead of doing useless stuff like this, they'd be better off doing research for terminal diseases and the like.
    There's people dying from cancer and other non-curable diseases every day, and all they can think of is how annoying the word “app” sounds? It's no wonder that the world is degrading right now…