Entry Form for LSSU’s Banished Words List 2025

Lake Superior State University upholds, protects, and supports excellence in language by encouraging people to avoid words and terms that are overused, redundant, oxymoronic, clichéd, illogical, nonsensical—and otherwise ineffective, baffling, or irritating. We’ve compiled an annual tongue-in-cheek list based on misuse, overuse, and uselessness since 1976. What do you want our judges to consider for banishment for 2025? The deadline to turn in your entry is 8 AM Eastern Standard Time on Nov. 1, 2024. (One entry per online form, please. But submit as many entries as you want; there’s no limit!) We’ll announce the results on Dec. 31, 2024, so that you can start the New Year on the right foot, er, tongue.

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