'Fiscal Cliff' Tops List of Banished Words

Of course, that doesn't mean anyone will stop saying them
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2012 6:33 AM CST
'Fiscal Cliff' Tops List of Banished Words
John Boehner walks to a closed-door GOP caucus as Congress meets to negotiate a legislative path to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

It's the end of another year, and thus time for Michigan's Lake Superior State University to release its 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness. The dozen words and phrases that made this year's cheeky list, per the AP:

  • Spoiler alert
  • Kick the can down the road
  • Trending
  • Bucket list

  • Superfood
  • Guru
  • Job creators
  • Double down
  • YOLO ("You only live once")
  • Boneless wings
  • Passion/passionate, particularly when used by companies
  • And the submission receiving the most nominations: fiscal cliff
Click to see the "amazing" words that made last year's list. (More language stories.)

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