Archives: Banished Words 1990
"We have workaholic, spendaholic, shopaholic,
popular psychobabble that
should be buried alongside the arrogant intellectuals who
revel in its use." David O'Connor, Willoughby, Ohio
"Entirety can't have a minus"
Quoted from Gentlemen's Quarterly, September, 1989. Bill
Gould, Gladwin, Michigan
Best Kept Secret
What has happened to confidentiality? It seems that
all over the country, important secrets are being
revealed; from the West Virginia official state highway
map Americas best-kept secret; from a
Columbia University brochure Columbia Universitys
best kept secret(s) are the great job
opportunities at Columbia Dining Services. Or one
of snowmobilings best kept secrets: Marquette,
Michigan. Are we really hearing confessions of
previously incompetent advertising? Or desperate attempts
to create new categories for the Guinness Book of Records?
Or what? (Ed.: Were not sure, folks. The answer
must be another one of those best kept secrets.
Jim, Linda, David and Karen Belote Duluth, Minnesota
Climb is up. Down is descend. Ben Szczesny,
How about anti-drug czar. Ruth Hood, Warren,
Estates in the Names for
Mobile Home Parks Refinery
View Mobile Home Estates.
Congressional expression for pay raise.
Jerry Jones, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Exactly. (Editor: As in She is the exact same size
as I am, large petite. This phrase was noted in our
1981 list under Redundancy Alert. Exact Same
now gets a red alert and an appropriate
banishment.) Ben Szczesny, Muskegon, Michigan.
Fax - New verb I
hate to hear some one ask , Fax me a copy, will ya?
(Editor: sounds like what Jack Webb was always seeking on
Dragnet. Just the fax, maam.
Will some company develop a faster fax, a super fax? A
fax tax? A mad fax? OK, Max.) Ronald R. Watcke, Detroit,
Filmed Before a Live Studio
Audience added 1983*, added 1987*, added 1990*)
The alternative is a bit grisly. Ruth
A. Hood, Warren, Michigan.
From the Desk of
Note pads with this vanity caption. I have seen a
lot of desks
never one that can write a note.
From the hand of: David OConnor, Willoughby, Ohio.
We can grandfather those items in the labor
(The most nominations) The effect of a
sledge hammer has on a brick wall, or a car on a utility
pole. Those who use it otherwise probably dont know
the difference between effect and affect.
(Ed.: Too many times were subjected to a radio or
television news reader saying something like: Well
soon know how were to be impacted by the rising
costs of groceries. Perhaps the impact of a good
slap in the head would curtail such irritating misuse of
language.) Dave Summers, Holly, Michigan.
Large Size Petites
If you can have a large size small items, can you
have small size large items? Beverly J. Welch,
Ugly, ugly word; often mispronounced
of four lips stuck together, or an infected lip being
treated, or having verbal influence, pull in high places.
Nadine Clark, Dearborn Heights, Michigan.
Nice try, General Noriega. Its a dictator.
Name Withheld By Request, New York, New York.
Sorry, but you cannot messenger
anything, anywhere. Messenger is a noun. Why not use a
simple verb, send or deliver?
Carolyn P. Beeker, Charlotte, North Carolina.
A Mind is a Terrible Thing
to Waste (several nominations)
A mind is not a terrible thing; however, it
is a terrible thing to waste a mind. Maryann McKie,
Minor Emergency Clinic
Either something is an emergency, or it isnt.
Carol A. McClendon, Fort Worth, Texas.
The More You
Buy, The More You Save Well,
honey, how much should I buy? Gee, I dont
know sugarplum. Just keep buying until you think you have
saved enough. Rick Duerson, Escanaba, Michigan.
Should be MOOT. (Ed.: Unless youre a mime using a
pencil, or a bird-hunting dog.) Bill Ziegler, Troy,
Boofy, Weenie and myself saw another flying saucer
last night. Incorrect Use . (Ed.: You
should check the dictionary for yourself.) Helen Larson,
This seemingly-innocuous word (OUTSTATE) grates on
my sensibilities like fingernails across a blackboard . .
. The implication being that Detroit IS Michigan and the
rest of the Michigan land mass is out of the state . . .
Whats Detroit? Instate? . . . Big city newspapers
and downstate legislators are the worst
offenders . . . even the Governor is guilty! Its
time us UP-STATERS band together and put
OUT-STATE in its final resting place. Buried
forever! (OUT OF STATE) Yvonne Carlson, Ludington,
"makes me cringe . . . Why not say what you mean?
These socks, these knees, or just plain these." Nell
Gaball, Marquette, Michigan
"And its feeble first cousin "thusly."
Eliminate this useless, pretentious stall word and all of
its thoughtless cousins such as "and what not"
and all readers and listeners will be spared hundreds of
hours of wasted time." David J. Yarington, Orono,
"used inappropriately by those who don't use English
properly, let alone French." Larry McConnell,
Wanted: Part-Time Person
"what is the person the rest of the time?" (A
part time squid?) Fanet K. Brice, Baraboo, Wsconsin
"As in 'YO DUDE'" (Ed.: Remains correct when