Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Banned Words of 2010™: Q3 Update

New items since last update in BOLD. We'll cull this list down to maximum ten in December. Meanwhile, add your suggestions in comments.

Because it's never too early, to put the world on notice ...
  1. Recession
  2. Sausage grinder (re the legislative process)
  3. Gunman
  4. Bonus
  5. Teachable Moment
  6. Lockdown
  7. Too big to fail
  8. Octomom
  9. Toxic assets
  10. Stress Test
  11. Obamism
  12. Color Story (I love "Project Runway", but Tim Gunn, I beg you to stop "Color Story" dead in in tracks before I sick Nina Garcia on you.)
  13. Green shoots (re the economy)
  14. Temperament
  15. The New New (or The New Normal)
  16. Twitter
  17. Bánh mì
  18. Swarovski crystals
  19. Empathy
  20. New media, including but not limited to "Social Networking"
  21. Tablescape (Cut it out, Food Network!) (h/t pal Sexy Pixie)
  22. Closely watched yardstick
  23. Compromise/Bipartisan
  24. Emboldened
  25. Cougar
  26. Serious
  27. Walk back (As in "Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is walking back his comments about party boss Rush Limbaugh." (Blame Josh Marshall for this one.)
  28. Baby Bump (This one has simply got to stop.)
  29. Fascism
  30. Statement Jewelry
  31. Perfidious (This one is Steve Simels' fault.)
  33. Socialism
  34. Digital
  35. Czar/Tsar
  36. Devastate/Devastated/Devastating (Perspective, please! Rejection from Harvard Law and being forced to "settle" for NYU is not "devastating." Missing a trip to Cancún because a tropical storm precluded your plane from taking off is disappointing, not "devastating". Not getting tickets for the Streisand Village Vanguard show is not "devastating." Devastate means " to bring to ruin or desolation by violent action" or "to reduce to chaos, disorder, or helplessness". Trust me: you are not devastated.)
  37. Post-Racial

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