“Listicle” Tops Banished Words List

By Matt Swenson, January 10, 2017

In honor of the release of Lake Superior State University’s 42nd annual suggestions for banished words, we present to you this listicle. Alas, the shorthand way to describe a certain type of story has been beaten to death, and it’s time to come up with another expression, according to this list. So it goes for other bete noires (another axed term). Whether or not you agree these words need to go, the university’s review is a reminder that sometimes how you say something—or what you don’t say—is more important than the actual substance. Use these words with caution.

You, Sir
Formality never seemed so pretentious.

Focus
Next time, try concentrate.

Town Hall Meeting
It’s lost its meaning over the years. Call us when you plan an event in an actual town hall.

Post-Truth
Overused in the presidential election’s aftermath. As a bonus, cutting this out may avoid an ugly political conversation.

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