Banished Word List Has Tons of Impactful Entries

Lake Superior State’s annual list is out. Let that sink in.

Lake Superior State University just released it’s annual list of “banished” words and phrases.

This year, there’s a lot to unpack.

The 43rd edition of the list, as the 42 that preceded it, includes words and phrases deemed overused, misused, or generally useless by word-watchers from all over the world. For the 2018 version, the editors have chosen the following for banishment (with reasons for inclusion):

  • Unpack–Misused word for analyze, consider, or assess.
  • Tons–An exaggerated quantity, as in “tons of work”.
  • Dish–To gossip or talk about someone (editors say dishes should be left in the cupboard).
  • Pre-owned–A euphemism for “used”.
  • Onboarding/Offboarding–Office jargon for “hiring” and “firing”.
  • Nothingburger–Says nothing that “nothing” doesn’t already say.
  • Let That Sink In–(Too) often follows something the speaker thinks you should think is important.
  • Impactful–A word groping for something “effective” or “Influential.”
  • Let Me Ask You This–Useless, just ask the question.
  • Covfefe–An impulsive typo that first appeared on Twitter and took on a life of its own.
  • Drill Down–As in “drilling down” on a topic instead of expanding on it.
  • Fake News–Overused term to describe news/facts which one disbelieves or refuses to accept as true.
  • Hot Water Heater–From the Department of Redundancy Department.
  • Gig Economy–Euphemism for “odd jobs”.

LSSU spokesman John Shibley says about 900 words and phrases since the first one was introduced on Jan. 1, 1976.