Wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., announced their 42nd annual list of words banished from the queen's English for mis-use, over-use and general uselessness, notes Grumpy Editor.
The keen-eyed word watchers target pet peeves from everyday speech, as well as from news plus education, technology, advertising and political fields.
Among the latest, with the word watchers' comments:
You, sir - Hails from a more civilized era when duels were the likely outcome of disagreements.
Focus - Good word, but overused when concentrate or look at would work fine.
Town hall meeting - Candidates seldom debate in town halls anymore.
Guesstimate - When guess and estimate are never enough.
Historic - Thrown around far too much. What's considered as such is best left to historians.
Manicured - As in a manicured lawn. Golf greens are the closest grass comes to being manicured.
Echo chamber - Lather, rinse and repeat. After a while, everything sounds the same.
On fleek - Anything that is on-point, perfectly executed, or looking good. Needs to return to its genesis: perfectly groomed eyebrows.
Ghost - To abruptly end communication, especially on social media.
Dadbod - The flabby opposite of a chiseled-body male ideal.
Selfie drone - In what could be an ominous development, the selfie --- an irritating habit of constantly photographing and posting oneself to social media --- is being handed off to a flying camera.
Frankenfruit - Another food group co-opted by "frankenfood."
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