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What Word Would You Like Banned in 2010?

One list's word of the year is another list's word to ban. Every year Lake Superior State University picks 10 words — usually buzz words from the previous year — that should be banned for (I love this) "misuse, overuse, and general uselessness."

For 2010, there are the tech words like tweet, app, sexting, and friend (as a verb); economic ones like transparency, stimulus, toxic assets, and the phrases "too big to fail" and "in these economic times"; and the Obama-inspired words like czar and "Obama-prefix or roots" like Obama-ban (or Obama-word!). And then, of course, there's bromance and chillaxin', words known only because it's impossible not to know them.

What word would like to send off with the aughts?

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le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
"Legit"/"Legitly" (as mentioned above) because all these hipsters use it incorrectly and it p*sses me off more than it should.
MsChoo MsChoo 7 years
Three words: FML
LouLou12 LouLou12 7 years
Hubby or Preggers, both drive me insane. If we are mature enough to be married and/or having babies, can we please use the correct terms?
Venus1 Venus1 7 years
Can I only suggest one word? Then it has to be "absolutely". However, fo different reasons I would also like to ban slag and slut.
zuke zuke 7 years
"Shawty" and "LOL[z]"
tayrose tayrose 7 years
LIKE. Or when people say 'no' before they start a sentence. So irritating. Hmm also the phrase "It's __(some overused adjective)__, like"
TammyO TammyO 7 years
The word "Haters" :( Horrible! I also would like to bring back phrases like: "That's the cat's pajamas." or "The bee's knees"!
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
Everything the right accuses the left of being, and everything the left accuses the right of being (on the political spectrum). I'm tired of everyone bickering over false accusations, can't we all just find a happy middle and get along?
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
The word "hate" because dislike is much better. This is something I'm working on personally anyways.
nancita nancita 7 years
Preggers and baby bump.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Foodie - HATE Recessionista Anything to do with "reaching across the aisle" or "Wall St. vs. Main St." Locavore Flexitarian - I don't why, I just hate this word so much
Daisy-Duke Daisy-Duke 7 years
I'm laughing at "Truthfully honest." Seriously? As opposed to non-truthful honesty? -Going Green -Chillax -Sext -Hella -......licious. Enough with the licious!
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Haha, man...I'm so glad I'm not the only one. All of these are good suggestions. Too bad ACTUAL english doesn't sell papers, or sound snappy in soundbites.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Once you see bromance in action, there is no other word fit to describe it. I hate branjelina in tabloids, but I combine my friends' names with their significant other's names all the time, just to make fun of them. ista, lol, idk, ily, all of that. If someone won't TRY to type intelligibly, I don't even read it. Did you know most school districts aren't required to teach cursive anymore? It's because of computers- no one writes now-a-days. Rad and gnarly and groovy needs to stay int he past, the rest need to fall into use again.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
Loving that I'm not the only one trying to bring back words from the past! Rad. (okay, maybe not that one :)!!)
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 7 years
Let's see... - anything and everything related to "going green" - "Hope and Change" - most word shortening (ie: vacay) and joining (ie: Brangelina) - Heidi and Spencer (just reading their names makes me sick!) ;)
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
I agree with both Yogaforlife and GlowingMoon, the "text-speak" AND preggo both drive me crazy. "Recessionista" or any other word that ends with -ista can go too. We are adults! Why can't we use a real vocabulary!?
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
The slang words for pregnant -- "preggo" and "preggers." I cringe whenever I hear or read those words. I think pregnant is a very dignified condition, and I find those words lacking in dignity. JMHO. Likewise, I don't like the expression "knocked up" either. BTW, I like the saying "It is what it is." :) It's my basic outlook on the world.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I'd like to get rid of the overuse of acronyms and short-hand. I'd like to see people start to spell out actual sentences and use correct punctuation. When someone starts typing in all acronyms and no punctuation, it drives me crazy. Is it so hard to type "later" rather than "l8ter" or "got to run" instead of "g2r"?
kea718 kea718 7 years
Dapper... I know it's not a "new" word but it seems to be everywhere nowadays. I can't stand it!! Make it go away!
sillyone06 sillyone06 7 years
Recessionista. I hate that word. With a passion. I'm not sure why, but I'm sure we can think of better words like, thrifty, frugal, money smart? And shorty. Can we retire that word yet too?
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