Thursday, September 30, 2010

Banned Words of 2011™: Q3 Update

New items in bold. As always, please add your suggestions in comments.

Because it's never too early to put the world on notice...
  1. Frenemies
  2. Social Media
  3. Sexting
  4. Obamabot
  5. How's that workin' out for ya?
  6. Establishment
  7. Mainstream
  8. Lamestream
  9. Emboldened
  10. Litmus Test
  11. Blowout preventer
  12. Top Kill
  13. Real Housewives of ___________
  14. Gaga
  15. Junk Shot
  16. Enthusiasm Gap
  17. Mixologist/Mixology (courtesy sexypixie)
  18. Folks (when uttered by any politician)
  19. Elites
  20. Hysterical
  21. Breathless
  22. Fee Fees
  23. Structural Unemployment (courtesy poopyman comments)
  24. Epistemic Closure (courtesy poopyman, from comments)


Cleveland Bob said...


Poopyman said...

I nominate "Structural Unemployment", because we're gonna get reeeeeal sick of it really fast, really soon.

Montag said...

I can't think of a suitable replacement for "elites," simply because "self-entitled douchebags" can be more broadly applied than to just the elite.

Moreover, I think we do have to identify people who by virtue of money or the exercise of their money's power think they have the right to run the world for us, and "Monopoly Man So-and-So" is a bit cumbersome. :)

Olives and Arrows said...

Lady Gaga.

pansypoo said...

when can we ban sarah palin?

spork_incident said...

"Teachable moment."


Fearguth said...

If I hear/read 'false equivalency' one more time, I'm going to pull my memes out by the roots.

Anonymous said...

The sanctimonious, meaningless - "Thank you for all you do" has got to go.
In case you wonder if it has gone too far, my brother's wife emailed me such a 'thank you' when I recommended a Doctor to my brother, who was quite sick.

Anonymous said...

I want to scream when I hear "growing a business." I have been a small businessman most of my adult life and never thought of how I might"grow it."
Work your ass off to keep it going.

Jack K. said...

.....hmmm...maybe "Tea Party Candidate"? The primaries are over now and they are the face of the Republican party in a host of races. It's a convenient shorthand, but why not retire the phrase and call 'em what they are: Republican candidates for office. Let the big wheels of the Republican party live or die with O'Donnell and Angle as their candidate...

Anonymous said...

Anything from 'Olives and Arrows'

pansypoo said...


omen said...

bob, that would be nice not to have to hear that name for a while.

another one i'm sick of hearing: enthusiasm gap.

voting is a duty, not an amusement ride.

omen said...

another too often repeated phrase from the right: common sense. this how they describe their approach.

of course! teabaggers are the epitome of decency and rational common sense. conversely, this means the left are raving lunatics.

and the way the phrase gets wielded, boner sounds like a hypnotist activating sleeper zombies.

Anonymous said...

I want my country back.
Nothing but a cover for getting that black fellow out of office.

res ipsa loquitur said...


I've heard plenty of liberals use that one, too. And not just during Bush II's term.