Archives: Banished Words 1978
Memo - As in "I'll
memo this proposal." And its geometric progression (triple)
banishee honor: "See how it impacts
when it is referentially memoed."
Redundancy Repetitive Award - To
W. Glenn Roberts of Nashville, Tenn. who
persuaded a local TV station (through a series of nagging
letters) to stop using such phrases as "completely
destroyed," "true facts," and "most
Nuk-U-Lar - What some
people are reading on broadcast when they see "nuclear."
Medication - We can no
longer afford this. It is too expensive. We must return
to the less expensive "medicine."
Perform Surgery - As
above, instead of operate.
Situation & Process-
As in "wet pavement situation" which generally
means "pavements are wet" or "it is
raining." There is also a mild vogue in the use of
"the eating process." These are Dress up words.
Orientating - Fancy Dan Words.
Yuh Know - This phrase
received twice the nominations of any other word this
year (and in subsequent years). The Unicorn Hunters admit
there is little they can do about it. "Yuh know"
is a chronic, probably terminal, disease of the English
You'd Better Believe -
Has an element of unseemly coercion.
I Know Where I'm Coming From But
I Don't Know Where You Are Coming From - "This
seems to have its root in an argument between two
motorists whose cars have collided," according to
Tom Labelle of The Grand Rapids Press. "It quickly
found its way into encounter sessions and in the parlance
of bureaucrats and politicians."
Six Month Embargo
- These are not evil in themselves but have been soiled
Unique - As in "very
unique," "most unique" and even "uniquely
Hopefully - Widely used
to mean "it is to be hoped," rather than its
proper meaning, "in a hopeful manner."