“Listicle” Tops Banished Words List

By Matt Swenson, January 10, 2017

In honor of the release of Lake Superior State University’s 42nd annual suggestions for banished words, we present to you this listicle. Alas, the shorthand way to describe a certain type of story has been beaten to death, and it’s time to come up with another expression, according to this list. So it goes for other bete noires (another axed term). Whether or not you agree these words need to go, the university’s review is a reminder that sometimes how you say something—or what you don’t say—is more important than the actual substance. Use these words with caution.

You, Sir
Formality never seemed so pretentious.

Focus

Next time, try concentrate.

Town Hall Meeting

It’s lost its meaning over the years. Call us when you plan an event in an actual town hall.

Post-Truth

Overused in the presidential election’s aftermath. As a bonus, cutting this out may avoid an ugly political conversation.

Historic

This word has been historically used at an out-of-proportion rate.

Guesstimate

How guess and estimate were ever married is anyone’s, ahem, calculation.

On Fleek

Let eyebrows have their word back.

Manicured

Your lawns are not getting their nails done. We’re looking at you, suppliers!

Bigly

You’ve been hearing it wrong. It’s big league. So we’re told.

Listicle

What else do you call numbered or bulleted list designed to get clicks? Boo to this entry!

For more words that may get your attendees’ dandruff up, click here.

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