Archives: Banished Words 1998
Build to a Crescendo - The word is a musical term which means gradually increase the volume. It is not possible to build to a crescendo as the crescendo is the process of building. Paul Kinney, Westland, Mich.
Da Bomb - (to mean the greatest) Sounds stupid and makes no sense. Chad Johnson, Port Hope School, Port Hope, Mich. Is it going to explode? Adam Trupish, St. Annes H.S., Tecumseh, Ont.
Ever - Michele Mooney, Los Angeles, sent many examples of the overuse of ever clipped from newspapers and magazines: drew its largest audience ever. the best film adaptation of a John Grisham novel ever! It will be the first public display ever for the staff. The first-ever DNA extracted from Neanderthal bone It was the largest gay and lesbian event ever in Alabama history.
Gaming - Used to seduce people into thinking theyre not really gambling. Gene Quinn, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Generation X - This group needs a real name now. Unfortunately there arent any x words that would do the job. How about generation XOXO? Michelle Batterbee Fox, Ellsworth Community Schools, Ellsworth, Mich.
Giving 110 Percent - When considering the salaries paid to professional athletes many folks may start to expect that extra 10 percent. Mark Terwilliger, LSSU math professor.
Is Dead Tonight - Whenever a well-known person dies, television news reporters tell the story: Joe Blow is dead tonight at the age of 85. Do they expect his condition to change by morning? I have heard of one such case, but even that took three days. David Downing, St. Paul, Minn.
My Bad - Students and adults sound infantile when using this to apologize for a mistake. Elizabeth Philips, English Dept., Cardinal Mooney Catholic H.S., Marine City, Mich. and many others.
Norming - A planerese word. These folks do not give up. It supposedly means to make normal In a systems evolution concept of storming, forming, and norming Huon Newburg, New Ulm, Minn.
Show Me the Money - It was a funny movie; now people use it everywhere. Mandy Denick, Thornapple Kellogg H.S., Middleville, Mich. Nominated by others, including The Flint [Mich.] Journals Jeff Karoub, who says Its destined to be the Wheres the beef? of the 90s.
Talk to the Hand - and variations of the expression used when someone doesnt want to listen to what is being presented to him or her: Talk to the hand, cuz the face dont want to hear it. Talk to the left (hand), because you know Im right. Talk to the back, because youre not good enough for the front. Christine Tankersley, St. Marys Cathedral H.S., Gaylord, Mich. Nominated by many others in Canada and the U.S.
Take it to the Next Level - As in, If we increase our focus and intensity, we can take it to the next level. This has seeped out of the mouths of coaches and athletes and crept into the parlance of too many sportscasters and writers. Jeff Karoub, Flint, Mich.
Whatsup? - Sometimes shortened to sup? Everyone uses it just to start up a conversation. Carali McCall, Seaforth District H.S., Seaforth, Ont. Just say hello. Tim Nelson, Mackinaw City H.S., Mackinaw City, Mich. Its passť. Greg Arceri, Northville, Mich. Nominated by many others.
Yadda Yadda Yadda - An annoying way of making a long story short, Richard Young, Nicolet H.S., Glendale, Wisc. Used instead of and so on. R. Forrest, Tempe, Ariz.