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LSSU banned words for 2004

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by pissedoffsol, Jan 10, 2004.

  1. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    2004 List of Banished Words
    SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -

    The complete 2004 list follows:

    METROSEXUAL - An urban male who pays too much attention to his appearance.
    Bob Forrest of Tempe, Arizona, says it "sounds like someone who only has sex
    downtown or on the subway." Fred Bernardin of Arlington, Massachusetts,
    asks, "Aren't there enough words to describe men who spend too much time in
    front of the mirror?"

    X - Last year it was 'extreme.' This year, 'X' follows in its footsteps.
    "Marketers have latched onto this letter to grab the 'Generation-X
    demographic. X-files, Xtreme, Windows XP and X-Box are all part of this
    PR-powered phenomenon," said John Casnig of Kingston, Ontario.

    PUNKED - As in bamboozled, duped, flimflammed, hornswoggled. Nominated by
    the Frank and Johnnie Show, WGN, Chicago. An old noun given new life as a
    verb because of the television show. Kill it before it grows.

    PLACE STAMP HERE - Dennis K. McDermott of Oneida, New York, says, "It
    appears on 99% of the return envelopes provided by creditors with monthly
    billings. It's especially annoying when enclosed in a rectangle drawn in the
    upper right corner. (What if you miss?) And then…they inform you that 'The
    Post Office will not deliver without postage.' Can we legitimately claim to
    be a superpower if we need to be reminded to put a stamp on an envelope?"

    Eric Hooper of South Lyon, Michigan, agrees: "If I'm too stupid to figure
    out where to put the stamp, then paying the phone bill is probably the least
    of my worries."

    COMPANION ANIMALS - "They're called PETS." Nick Leach, Bloomington, Indiana.

    BLING or BLING-BLING or any of its variations - "Hate, hate. Grate, grate,"
    says Steven Phipps of Pueblo, Colorado. Received many nominations from
    across the United States. "This once street slang for items of luxury has
    now become so overused and abused that (everyone) has incorporated it into
    their vocabularies. Yes, your mom might say it. Nothing could kill the
    mystique of a word faster." Todd Facklas, Chicago.

    LOL and other abbreviated 'e-mail speak,' including the symbol '@' when used
    in advertising and elsewhere - Alex G. of Warsaw, Poland, says, "It's
    everywhere on the net! OMG! u r chattin to sum1 then…lol this and lol
    that….Get it away!" "I wonder if anyone really laughs out loud when they use
    this short-hand Instant Messenger slang?" Rachel Rose, Pickford, Michigan.

    EMBEDDED JOURNALIST - Nominations for this Iraq War II phrase came from
    throughout the U.S., Canada and overseas. "I'm a journalist and until the
    war started, I'd never heard this term. In the interest of objectivity,
    journalists probably shouldn't be embedded with any organization they
    regularly cover." Ken Marten, Hamtramck, Michigan.

    "It seems to be a hip way of saying, 'at the scene,'" said Tim Bednall,

    "The next time I hear it used by the media, I'm going to embed my foot in
    the TV!" Ellen Brown, San Diego.

    SMOKING GUN - Another one that came to us from Iraq, but is widely used
    elsewhere. "Let's give the 21-gun salute to this overused analogy," says
    Andrew Pagano, Montgomery Village, Maryland.

    "Remember the television show 'Gunsmoke'? Now THERE were smoking guns!" Scot
    Moss, Madison, Wisconsin. "What's wrong with 'hard evidence'?" Kevin
    O'Sheehan, Bangkok, Thailand.

    SHOCK AND AWE - Still another from Iraq. "I'm just waiting on 'Shock and Awe
    Laundry Soap' or maybe 'Shock and Awe Pool Cleaner,'" says Joe Reynolds of
    Conroe, Texas.

    CAPTURED ALIVE - "The news keeps stating that Saddam Hussein was 'captured
    alive.' Well, what other way are you going to be captured? Maybe 'found
    dead' or 'discovered dead' never 'captured dead.'" Bill Lodholz, Davis,

    SHOTS RANG OUT - "I'm tired of hearing this phrase on the news. Shots don't
    'ring' unless you are standing too close to the muzzle, and in that case you
    don't need the reporter telling you about it." Michael Kinney, Rockville,

    RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES - Gerald Anderson of Winter Haven, Florida, says,
    "TV shows are often described as being 'ripped from the headlines.' Kicking
    and screaming, no doubt."

    SWEAT LIKE A PIG - Tim Croce of Torrington, Connecticut says "Pigs do not
    have sweat glands; that is why they roll in mud to cool themselves."
    Nevertheless, Tim said he was sweating like a pig to get this nomination to

    IN HARM'S WAY - "Who is Harm, and why would you want to get in his way?"
    Thomas Watts, Sumter, South Carolina.

    HAND-CRAFTED LATTE: We're not sure where Orin Hargraves of Westminster,
    Maryland discovered this beauty, but we agreed with his assertion that "This
    compound is an insult to generations of skilled craftspeople who have
    mustered the effort and discipline to create something beautiful by hand. To
    apply 'hand-crafted' to the routine tasks of the modern-day equivalents of
    soda jerks cheapens the whole concept of handicraft."

    SANITARY LANDFILL - "Ever been to one?" asks Stan Slade of Long Beach,
    Mississippi. "Not the cleanest place in the world. What happened to the
    county or city dump?"

    During the height of the war last spring, Tyler King of Toronto, Ontario,
    told us he'd like to see all words rhyming with Iraq banished, and he sent
    this lovely poem:

    "Lately, every news report has tried to create a rhyme about Iraq. Frankly,
    I'm sick of hearing about the 'Attack on Iraq'! There is no turning back
    from an attack on Iraq to (get) that quack who likes to yak with his
    terrorist pack about having the knack to bring weapon inspectors back."

    Finally, the committee admits that it is not infallible. On the 2003 list we
    included 'frozen tundra' as being redundant and heard back from many people
    who pointed out that tundra does not mean 'frozen land.' Green Bay Packers
    fans were especially adamant, even though sportscasters frequently use the
    phrase to describe their home turf. We hereby reinstate 'frozen tundra.'

    And now, for the fine print:

    "It is a common mistake," said one person. "Tundra is a state of vegetative
    and soil conditions that can exist in non-frozen forms. There is flooded
    tundra (spring), dusty tundra (summer), muddy tundra (fall), and frozen
    tundra (winter). I know. I walked in all of it during 20 years of working in
    arctic Alaska."

    "Tundra is a treeless, level or rolling ground in polar regions or on high
    mountains," said another. "It is characterized by bare ground and rock or by
    such vegetation as mosses and lichens."

    We stand corrected.

    Editor's Note: Lake Superior State University is Michigan's smallest public
    university with an enrollment approaching 3500 students. It is known for its
    academic programs such as fisheries and wildlife management, engineering,
    teacher education, nursing, geology, business management and criminal
    justice. For admissions information, go to LSSU's web site: www.lssu.edu.

    LSSU accepts nominations for the Word Banishment list throughout the year.
    To submit your nomination for the 2005 list, go to www.lssu.edu/banished.
  2. BrahmaBullSQ

    BrahmaBullSQ Senior Member

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    Awww. Punked was banned. What's up with that?

    People whine and bitch too much about pointless things like these two. I mean. Who in the hell cares if the media says "Shots rang out this morning in Tikrit?" Isn't there more to worry about... like paying your taxes? Or avoiding death?
  3. JDMilan

    JDMilan Senior Member

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    can't stand that damn show punked....

    what, no out with trucker hats??? can't stand that shit either
  4. NoJokE

    NoJokE Senior Member

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  5. lude68

    lude68 Senior Member

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    WTF is up w/ that shit! i thought this used to be a free country? DAMN!
  6. asmallsol

    asmallsol Super Moderator

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    smoking gun. Did these people every read any books? That was not brought by the war in Iraq. That is a very old saying.

    I agree, the bling blang has got to stop.
  7. jamesA

    jamesA I'm a gun addict now. VIP

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    I was placing a stamp in the little square where it says "place stamp here" and suddenly I heard shots ring out, I ran outside to see what it was and only found a pool of blood. I was in shock an awe when I found it it was my companion animal and he had been captured alive after attacking a metrosexual embedded journalist who got away.

    The smoking gun came two weeks later when they found bullets of the same caliber in the journalists home who was said to be sweating like a pig as police entered the home.

    Am I going to jail now? :blink:
  8. Airjockie

    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    you forgot the LOL in that..... <_<

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