Wednesday, December 31, 2003


The 2004 list of words that should be banished for "misuse, overuse and general uselessness," according to Lake Superior State University:

  • Metrosexual: An urban male who pays a great deal of attention to appearance.

  • X: As in "X-Files," Xtreme, Windows XP and X-Box.

  • Punked: To dupe, popularized by the MTV show "Punk'd."

  • Place Stamp Here: Printed on return envelopes.

  • Companion animals: Also known as pets.

  • Bling or Bling-Bling: Flashy jewelry.

  • LOL: E-mail speak for "laugh out loud."

  • Embedded Journalist.

  • Smoking Gun.

  • Shock and Awe.

  • Captured Alive.

  • Shots Rang Out.

  • Ripped From the Headlines.

  • Sweat Like a Pig: The problem is pigs don't sweat.

  • In Harm's Way.

  • Hand-Crafted Latte.

  • Sanitary Landfill: Also known as a dump.
Might I also suggest any ebonics inspired term ending in "...izzle", "Bennifer", "Wacko Jacko", "Pre-emptive war", "Axis of Evil", "Terror Alert Level...", "Homeland Security"... Wait, there's more! I'll have to get back to you.

5 Ninjas, 1 Kitten and a Fifth of Vodka!