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‘Baby Bump’ and ‘Amazing’ on List of Banned Words

DETROIT (AP) – Before passing comment on someone’s “baby bump,” take a pregnant pause. Likewise, give up promoting “shared sacrifice.” And if you’re tempted to proclaim your desire to “win the future,” you’ve lost it. Michigan’s Lake Superior State University is featuring those phrases in its latest List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The 2012 list was released Friday. It was compiled by the university from nominations submitted from across the globe. The syntactical Scrooges also want to cast out “occupy,” “amazing,” “man cave” and “the new normal.” In all, a dozen words or phrases made the 37th annual end-of-the year list. It started as a publicity ploy by the university on New Year’s Day 1976, and has since generated tens of thousands of nominations.


One Response

  1. Well, so much for occupying our amazing man-cave next year, but we’re willing to make the shared sacrifice and focus on plans to win the future after celebrating our new baby bump. Welcome to our new normal, and Happy New Year!

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