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Currently Trending, Michigan School’s Annual Banned Words List….Extreme Redonkulousness

December 31, 2012

Spoiler alert: This story contains words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language. “Spoiler alert” is among them. So are “kick the can down the road,`trending” and “bucket list.”

A dirty dozen have landed on the 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The nonbinding, tongue-in-cheek decree released Monday by Michigan’s Lake Superior State University is based on nominations submitted by the public.

At the risk of further offense, here’s another spoiler alert: The phrase receiving the most nominations this year is “fiscal cliff,” banished because of its overuse by media outlets when describing across-the-board federal tax increases and spending cuts that economists say could harm the economy in the new year without congressional action.

“You can’t turn on the news without hearing this,” said Christopher Loiselle, of Midland, Mich., in his submission. “I’m equally worried about the River of Debt and Mountain of Despair.”

Other terms coming in for a literary lashing are “superfood,” ‘’guru,” ‘’job creators” and “double down.”

Yet Redonkulous lives on….


Glee Actress Lauren Potter Has Had It With The “R” Word

March 17, 2011

She’s an actress on a hit show, and she’s got a new beau. Now Lauren Potter is standing up against bullying — something the Gleeks at William McKinley High know a little too much about.

Potter first burst onto the scene as a cheerleader wannabe and Sue Sylvester’s (Jane Lynch’s character) minion on ‘Glee.’ But Potter has taken her role well beyond second-string character.

She sat down with Entertainment Tonight to dish about what it’s like being hounded for autographs and “pursued” by boys. Although she looks the part of her underclassman character, Potter is actually 20 years old.

But one thing Potter isn’t gushing about? The use of the R-word, about which she forcefully says, “Enough is enough.” Potter is urging Gleeks to sign a pledge and kick the R-word from their vocabularies.

Potter went on to say enough is enough we must eliminate Redonkulous from our vocabulary..


Judge To Make Decision On Most Offensive Word In The English Language

January 5, 2011

A federal jury will be asked to decide whether it is acceptable for an African American person, but not a white person, to use the “n” word in a workplace.

U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick has ruled that former Fox29 reporter-anchor Tom Burlington’s lawsuit against the station, claiming a double standard and alleging that he was the victim of racial discrimination, may go to trial.

Burlington, who is white, was fired after using the “n” word during a June 2007 staff meeting at which reporters and producers were discussing reporter Robin Taylor’s story about the symbolic burial of the word by the Philadelphia Youth Council of the NAACP.

Burlington, who began work at the station in 2004 and is now working as a real estate agent, was suspended within days and fired after an account of the incident was published in the Philadelphia Daily News. He alleges that he “was discriminated against because of his race,” according to court documents. He claims in his lawsuit that at least two African American employees at Fox29 had used the word in the workplace and were not disciplined.

On the one hand, Surrick wrote in a memorandum Dec. 23, the word is “considered by many to be the most offensive in the English language.” “Nevertheless, we are unable to conclude that this is a justifiable reason for permitting the station to draw race-based distinctions between employees.”

Judge Surrick did make the decision the word redonckulous would be the second most offensive word in the English language.

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