Hat tip to Mister MRP, who shared that Lake Superior State University in Michigan came out with its 2008 List of Banished Words. Top on the list were perfect storm, webinar, and waterboarding.
MRP heartily agreed with the banishment of wordsmith/wordsmithing, which seems to be a fancy word for a committee of fifteen wrote this:
WORDSMITH/WORDSMITHING – “I’ve never read anything created by a wordsmith – or via wordsmithing – that was pleasant to read.” – Emily Kissane, St. Paul, Minnesota.
If you’re finding yourself using a lot of the words on the banished list, for example, random, sweet, and X is the new Y (oddly, not a word but on the banished words list), you might want to check out Flocabulary to help you pump up your own wordsmithing skills.
According to their own website, “Flocabulary uses the educational power of hip-hop music to foster literacy and promote academic success in the classroom and beyond.” And not only can you increase your vocabulary, you can also study U.S. history and Shakespeare. Check out this sample from A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
That’s me, the P U C to the K,
I’ll teach you that life is just a game we play.
I’ll steal your TV, sell it back on eBay,
I’m too fast. Catch me? You better press replay.
I’m the mischief maker, the summertime shaker,
I take your top, then drop the top real later.
I mess with humans, because I hate your rules.
Only days I like are Halloween and April fools.
Think you’re cool?
I’ll switch your Bud Light with O’Doul’s . . .
It’s just a perfect storm of vocabulary skills building and hip hop. Sweet.
Prospero año nuevo, everyone!