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 northern Michigan’s Lake Superior State University is based on nominations submitted from the United States, Canada and beyond.
“Fiscal cliff” was at the top of the list.
I’ll tell you what phrase I hate hearing: “Not a problem.”
I especially hate it when I buy something at a store, thank the clerk (who really should be thanking me) and he replies, “Not a problem.” Well good, I’m glad it wasn’t a problem for you to sell me something so that you still have a job.
If someone says, “Thanks” then the proper reply ought to be a simple, “You’re welcome” or maybe, “My pleasure.”
Okay, enough crumudgeonism from me for one day.
I’m spending the day reading and should have some reviews up later or tomorrow. I don’t want to dwell on depressing news (such as the big push for a new “AWB”) as the New Year rolls in.
Have a happy and safe one, folks.
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