The 42nd Annual Banished Words List Is Here!
Lake Superior State University is a tiny little college tucked away against the Canadian border. It's the third largest university in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the like... 50th or so largest in all of Michigan, I don't know, I lost count in the 30s somewhere. Anyway, they're tiny. Yet somehow over the past 42 years, they've become the arbiters of what shouldn't be said, with their annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.
You can read LSSU's full list at their website here, but a few of the highlights:
831 - A texting encryption of, I love you: 8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning. Never encrypt or abbreviate one's love. Apparently it's not a REAL love note unless you have to run it through an enigma machine.
Dadbod - The flabby opposite of a chiseled-body male ideal. Should not empower dads to pursue a sedentary lifestyle. I have what is considered a dad bod, and I'd be ashamed to say the word dadbod out loud in an attempt to describe it. I'd just say "Think of the opposite of The Rock."
On Fleek - Anything that is on-point, perfectly executed, or looking good. Needs to return to its genesis: perfectly groomed eyebrows. I literally just copy/pasted the definition, and I still have no idea what it means.