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.
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).