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The fiscal cliff and other phrases that should be banned

December 31, 2012 - Andrea Johnson
Lake Superior State University in northern Michigan has released its annual list of words and phrases that ought to be banned from the English language.

Some of the overused gems include: fiscal cliff, kick the can down the road, double down, job creators/creation, passion/passionate, YOLO, spoiler alert, bucket list, trending, superfood, boneless wings and guru.

It may be a sign of advancing age, but I had to ask the 20-something reporter in the newsroom what "YOLO" means. It stands for "You only live once" and is apparently an annoying phrase that idiots toss out before they do something really stupid like switching lanes in the middle of big city rush hour traffic.

I'm tired of the phrase fiscal cliff too, but even more tired of the Senators and Representatives who'd rather engage in ideological squabbles than do anything about it. My cousin posted a cartoon on Facebook this week suggesting that we should all shove Congress off the fiscal cliff.

Hey, I'm all for job creators, provided the jobs that are created actually pay people enough to live on. Fast food restaurant jobs really don't count. I think people ought to be passionate about something, though passion can have its dangerous side as well.

Speaking of passion, I don't have a bucket list of things I want to do before I die and I don't plan to start one, though I probably will make my annual New Year's resolution to lose weight next year.

As a vegetarian, I would never consider touching boneless wings.

Anyone who listens to a guru is probably being too gullible. Make up your own minds, my friends.

I have a Twitter account but I haven't bothered to log onto it in months, so I don't know who or what is trending right now.

As for superfoods, the last diet manual I bought was one that provided a list of foods that are extremely nutritional and recipes that can be used to make them tasty. I try to include those superfoods in my diet, so maybe that particular word shouldn't be banned just yet. Not that I consider the book's author my guru.


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