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Thursday, January 26, 2012
10 Words to Use...Or To Avoid!
As we all know, language is alive and thriving. New words enter our language, whether we like them (and want to use them) or not. Following are some great (and not so great) additions to our language, courtesy of the good people residing in ivory towers (aka universities).
Lake Superior State University released its 37th List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.These include pop culture catchphrases (aka E! speak) "baby bump," "man cave" and "the new normal."
"TheEnglish language has more words in its lexicon than any other," said Jerry Herron, dean of Wayne State's Honors College. "By bringing these words back into conversation, we expand our ability to communicate clearly and help make our world a more interesting place." Quod erat demonstrandum.
Curious about WSU's top 10?
Antediluvian: Antiquated; old-fashioned; out of date. (Literally: "before the flood," referring to the biblical deluge. No not confuse with “après nous, le déluge)
Erstwhile: Former; bygone.
Execrable: Atrocious; wretched; abominable.
Frisson: Thanks the French language for this word meaning that sudden, involuntary shiver felt at times of great emotion.
Parlous: Dangerous or risky. It’s a variant of the Middle English word "perilous."
Penultimate: Next to last.
Sisyphean: Actually or apparently endless and futile. (After Sisyphus, who was doomed by the gods to roll a stone uphill, only to have it always roll back down).