Archives: Banished Words 1987
Medical Speak The following phrases turned up again and again in the nominating letters. In previous years bureaucrats, journalists, or educators have inspired the major nominations. This year its the people at what Sid Caesar called The Doctor Place. However, one suspects that it isnt the doctors and nurses who invent these silly terms, but administrators and those who write the glossy pamphlets one finds in waiting rooms.
The Health Care Delivery System/Industry Why dont we have them deliver have a pint of health to our door each morning. John Jolly, Seattle, Washington.
Clients replacing patients. Maybe this means they can charge more. Nicholas Naff, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Wellness replacing health. The traditional parting thus becomes, Go in good wellness. Mrs. F. A. Simon, East Lansing, MI.
Neonatal Unit This is where they put new baby patients in hospitals instead of a nursery. And, what ever happened to Bye Baby Bunting? Henry Ward, Detroit, MI
The Patient Did Not Fulfill His Wellness Potential This statement not only obscures the fact that the patient died, but places the blame squarely on the patient for this inexcusable failure. Emmet Donnelly, Detroit, MI.
Colorize and Colorization It is bad enough that Ted Turner damages classic films; his disrespect for the language is equally reprehensible. What he means is, color. Paul H. Toepp, Detroit, MI.
My Work In The Structure Of Baseball as in statement by Jack Morris of the Detroit Tigers: .2 million is a lot of money, but it doesnt fit into my work in the structure of baseball. What he means is, My job, but that wouldnt be worth even .2.
Pleaded Innocent which is simply wrong. There hasnt been an innocent plea for more than 200 years. A defendant pleads guilty or not guilty since he is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. Attorney Thomas H. Edwards, Austin, Texas.
Most Multi-Unique Award
To a Grand Rapids radio news reporter (name withheld) who said: They both have rather unique positions which are remarkably similar. John H. Twist, Grand Rapids, MI.
Self-Contained Contradictions of 1986
Turned Up Missing If they turn up how can they be missing? Ann Rady Rabe, Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
Same Difference The only thing worse would be the same identical difference. Gregory C. Carter, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Hands On Participatory Experience Meaning, its OK to touch it. Destined to fuzz the minds of all English-speaking children. John C. Sherwood, Battle Creek, MI.
Half Dead How is this measured? Why not 1/3 dead, or 18/32; or, if an athlete, 120% dead? Lou Vodopya, Nashville, Tenn.
Audibleized as in football. Announcer: Their quarterback audibleized at the line; i.e., he called signals. This makes me want to silencize my TV and turn on the part that is picturized. Glenn Ickler, Framingham, Mass.
Filmed Before A Live Studio Audience Do they film before dead studio audiences? Isabel Grasby, Thunder Bay, Ont.
Signage I gag on this because it sounds like the drainage from the sinus passages, as in sewer/sewage. Is signage more expensive that just plain signs? C. B. Sutton, Westerville, Ohio
ANSWER: Yes! And it takes up to three times as long to engage in signage as it does to order and put up signs.
By And Large This means nothing; but politicians use it to imply vast research resulting in profound thought. Art Pickering, Toronto.
You Cant Take Nothing With You Which may be true, but this is a double negative, even when uttered by Chicago Mayor Harold Washington whose predecessors found investigations fruitworthy and disliked insinuendos. Denise M. Brummel, Hammond, Ind. Unicorn Hunters official Chicago Mayor Watcher.
De-Install as on Wang Laboratories invoice. And it cost me 4, but would it cost less if Wang simply removed it or took it out? John A. Boll, Detroit, MI.
Shower Activity Why not say rain. Jim Althof, Seattle, Wash.
Partly Sunny Does this mean a partial eclipse? Daryl Huggard, Bay City, Pupil of Bruce Peasley, Handy High School.
There You Go recipient of furthest-and-fastest-travel-cliché-award for 1986; probably derived from Pres. Reagans similar expletive. I first encountered this in upper Michigan when a waitress said it every time she served something. I was restrained from going each time by my companions. Then I returned to the West Coast and in a few weeks it entered into every commercial transaction. Eli Levine, Summerland, Calif.
Im Talkin Here as in Im talkin baseball, here. Were talkin grammar, here! Charlotte Head, Nepean, Ont.
In His Words as in a new reporter quoting the prime minister. How else would he say it? Would he rent lips? Saul Jacobson, Regina, Saskatchewan.
Foreign Imports If these have had such a devastating impact on our economy, I shudder to think about the dire consequence of domestic imports. T. A. Quinn, Louisville, KY.
I.R.A. Account Unless you are the Irish Republican Army this is one account too many. Edward R. Bolt, Grand Rapids, MI.
Potential Hazard Of course, a hazard is a potential danger. James H. Lindsay, Burnaby, B.C.
Lake Effect needs to be thrown out. With any luck the condition would then vanish. Belt is over modified. People, cars and nations have then; and they are to a degree interchangeable. If it gets so hot in the sun belt why not call it the fan belt?
Are there safety belts in cars, or are they parts of automobiles in which people are especially prudent?
Silicon Valley wants renaming. Is the valley really walled in by mountains of silicon? Does Silicon River run through if?
The Nicaraguan rebels need a new name. Would you want to be a contra? Where is credibility in foreign policy if Contra aid is contra-indicated? Can the president explain to his country without making a contra-diction? D. G. Galbraith, Rexdale, Ont., Canada.
A Tad As in a tad nippier or lower your end just a tad. A tad is a little child, especially a boy. George Constable, Mansfield, Ohio.
Arguably as in arguably the best boxer. A non-source source in support of the writers personal opinion. James M. McDonald, Jr., Seattle, Wash.
Sequestration Government talk for certain budget cuts. To me, it has something to do with jury selection. Phil Arkow, Cascade, Col.
Comfortable As in are you comfortable with this? Im tired of hearing this every time an idea is presented. Makes you uncomfortable? Jo Ann Krause, Grand Marais, Minn.
Afterfeel As on the back of Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion (the extra strength variety) which I would like banished before it gets too popular. Denise M. Brummel, Hammond, Ind.
Tuna Fish Why Tuna fish, but not trout fish? Elizabeth A. Levie, Santana High School, Santee, Calif.