SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (CBS) – Did you huddle up with your “bae” during last year’s “Polar Vortex” and “curate” a really great list of life “hacks”?
Hope not. All four of those words made Lake Superior State University’s annual roundup of the List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.
This year’s list is the 40th annual, and also includes eight other annoying yet frequently used words: skill set, cra-cra, takeaway, friend-raising, swag, enhanced interrogation, foodie and nation (as in, “Eagles-nation”).
“‘Someone who enjoys food’ applies to everyone on Earth. What’s next? ‘Oh, I’m an airie; I just love to breathe.’ ‘Could we do it at 11, instead? I’m kind of a sleepie,'” one voter, Andy Poe of Marquette, Mich., commented on “foodie.”
“Wasn’t it called ‘winter’ just a few years ago?” Dawn Farrell, from Kanata, Ont., Canada; said of “Polar Vortex.”
And as for “enhanced interrogation,” let’s be real: “[It’s] A shameful euphemism for torture,” says David Bristol, of Byron Center, Mich.
Aside from rehashing why these 12 words are so irritating, the list did shed some light on the meaning of them – who knew “bae” actually means “before anyone else”?
To see the list, click here.
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