It’s that time of year again. When LSSU publishes its annual list of banished words. I have a bit of a history with LSSU. No, I did not go to college there although when I was a little l kid, I used to think I would go there someday. Why? Well, because LSSU is in Sault Ste. Siberia and that’s where I grew up. As a little kid, I couldn’t believe I would ever live anywhere else but with my parents. Of course, I didn’t stay there although some folks did and it is a good college. Nowadays, The Commander’s Other House, the Real House Where She Lives Some of the Days, is practically on LSSU’s small but beautiful campus. She can walk to water-ex at the pool there on a good day and that is a good thing.

This year’s banished words? You can read them all. I will only comment on a few.

Green: Isn’t this getting to be a lot like “lite”? Green is a color. Let’s keep it that way. Every blasted marketer on earth is now using the word “green” to promote everything. When I am not burning up petroleum flying Honda Express to the Great White North, I am trying to keep my carbon footprint to a minimum. Buying products that some nincompoop marketing guru has slapped the label “green” onto isn’t helping me do that.

Speaking of Carbon Footprint? I have no words. Or maybe I do. But I probably shouldn’t say them here because we are sorta land barons, in a hillbilly sorta way, and managing land means flying Honda Express up and down the blasted I75 SUV Speedway. Lots of times.

Maverick. I have been walking past the yard of a dog called Maverick for many years now. He always sounds like he wants to bite my leg off but he’s behind a chainlink fence and can’t get to me. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen him lately…

First Dude. Oh please

Bailout? I thought that was a 2008 word but I guess not. Sigh.

Staycation. Who the heck has TIME for a staycation. Landfill. Cabin(s) in the northcountry. Children on the left coast. Crazy octo-women. Man oh man, I am constantly counting and recounting my vacation/personal hours. Sigh. I hate the word “staycation”.

What do you think about LSSU’s latest list? Would you add any words to it?

One Response to “Annoyances”

  1. Margaret Says:

    It was fun to read them!! I don’t use many (or any?) of them although I read them everywhere–tweet, bromance, czar, friend/unfriend…I also hate the word staycation. It’s as bad as guesstimate. What do people think an ESTIMATE is??