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    'Surge' thrown 'under the bus'

    JEFF KAROUB

    Associated Press

    January 2, 2008 at 11:37 AM EST

    DETROIT — Resist the urge to say you will “wordsmith” your list of New Year's resolutions rather than write one. And don't utter, “It is what it is” when you fail to meet your first goal.

    Those are two of the 19 words or phrases that appear in Lake Superior State University's annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness. The school in Michigan's Upper Peninsula released its 33rd list Monday, selecting from about 2,000 nominations.

    Among this year's picks are “surge,” the term for the U.S. troop buildup in Iraq. “Give me the old days, when it referenced storms and electrical power,” Michael Raczko of Swanton, Ohio, said in nominating the word.

    The list also included “waterboarding,” “perfect storm,” “under the bus” and “organic.”

    Another phase – “It is what it is” – “accomplishes the dual feat of adding nothing to the conversation while also being phonetically and thematically redundant,” said Jeffrey Skrenes of St. Paul, Minn.

    Sadly for grammar's guardians, the lighthearted list is not binding, as shown by the continued use of past banned words and phrases such as “erectile dysfunction,” “i-anything” and “awesome.”

    Still, university spokesman Tom Pink, part of a committee that evaluates submissions, takes his syntactic success where he can find it.

    His office once received a letter from an Arizona Supreme Court justice who said he posted that year's list on a bulletin board and prohibited all lawyers from using those words.

    In what the committee called a humanitarian gesture, it said "truthiness" has been removed from the list of banned words in view of the U.S. writers' strike.

    Words for the wise to avoid
    Lake Superior State University's 2008 list of banished words or phrases:
    • perfect storm
    • Webinar
    • waterboarding
    • organic
    • wordsmith/wordsmithing
    • author/authored
    • post 9/11
    • surge
    • give back
    • '_' is the new '_'
    • Black Friday
    • back in the day
    • random
    • sweet
    • decimate
    • emotional
    • pop
    • It is what it is
    • under the bus

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    I'll start....

    - "High-risk lifestyle"
    - Prongered
    - "known to police"
    - "not gang-related"
    - potholes

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    surreal
    extreme
    old school
    best ever

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    world class
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    "It's good enough"

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    Prolly

    Would of
    should of
    could of

    Could Care Less --- so many people say exactly the opposite of what they really mean. Folks, the cliche is "couldn't care less".

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    uber-________

    "uber" is this decade's version of last decade's "kEwL" and the previous decade's "rad"

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    "Git R Done"

    Please ban that phrase and have it mandated everyone remove the stickers that say "Git R Done" off the back window of their pick up trucks.

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    like...used by teenagers at least 3 times in every sentence

    you know...used by hockey players when answering a question.

    dropping down...used by TV Weather reporters. Of course the temp is dropping... and if it is dropping it's going down.
    I'm having people over later to stare at their phones,if you want to drop by

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    One of the only...

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    Preventative

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    Meridian ... as used to refer to the island between opposing lanes of roadway (median).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24karat
    Prolly
    Could Care Less --- so many people say exactly the opposite of what they really mean. Folks, the cliche is "couldn't care less".
    Edmontonians have a hard time with our consonants, leave us alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry N
    you know...used by hockey players when answering a question.
    That doesn't annoy me as much as Obviously...


    To add further to our list:
    Is that right? as an automated response
    basically...
    paradigm shift
    For your convenience... preceding a rule or regulation
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    ken beat me to it...

    "world class"
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO
    ken beat me to it...

    "world class"
    only because i'm so much older than you IanO...
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    My Bad

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    unthawed...
    I've heard so many people say that, when
    they mean thawed...
    unthawed is frozen after all
    Yay, summertime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry N
    dropping down...used by TV Weather reporters. Of course the temp is dropping... and if it is dropping it's going down.
    Sorta like "Don't squat down with spurs on" (just teasin!)


    "pandoras box"

    "cool"

    "industry-leading"

    "green"

    Whatever happend to "Jumped the shark"? I always liked that one...and I can't believe "rad" was 2 decades ago already??

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    The Homer Simpson style "Woo Hoo!!!!".

    Now I hear it from the lottery machine when I win two bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph60
    My Bad
    ^ good call

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    irregardless
    emo
    "thats pimp"
    "peace out"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcantor
    world class
    ^^ That would put Calgary's PR folks out of business.

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    "We pay the GST" -- no you don't; it's hidden in the price.

    "...and we'll give you a (name of item) FREE!!!" - - - no you won't it's hidden in the price.
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    "It's" instead of "Its".

    Example of correct usage: "Edmonton is shedding its image as a medium-size city and is becoming more and more a cosmopolitan metropolis. It's because of all the great people here, a C2E representative said."
    Almost always open to debate...

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    Coach Danny Maciocia

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindseyT
    Coach Danny Maciocia
    Word!!!

    (Oops, My bad!)

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    "That's so gay" or "that's gay"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    "That's so gay" or "that's gay"
    I knoW!!! It should be "That's so LGBTQ."


    The one that drives me nuts is when people say "That begs the question" when they really mean "That makes one wonder" or "That invites the question"

    To "beg the question" is a technical term in the study of rhetoric or logic. It means "to use circular logic."

    As in "That proposal for a new tower is crap."
    "Why do you say that?"
    "Because it is obviously worthless, thus it is crap."
    "Ahh. You're begging the question."



    Oh!!! Now that I think about it, there are a couple OF things that bother me. It has become trendy to say "A couple times a week, I go to the bar...." or something like that...

    It is "a couple of times a week...."

    This mistake did not exist at all in print, on the net, even just 3 years ago. I believe since then that I've actually watched the language devolve. I hate this more than some of you hate mansard roofs.

    Oh well; you win some, you lose some. We get good new words like "space shuttle" and "GPS" and then this is the price we pay.
    City Centre Airport is to the sky as False Creek is to the ocean.

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    thats the great thing about the English language. you can completely butcher it and still get your point across. right now I am learning French and it doesn't seem that something like that would fly well en français.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardW
    thats the great thing about the English language. you can completely butcher it and still get your point across. right now I am learning French and it doesn't seem that something like that would fly well en français.
    courtesy of terry mcconnell's column in the journal yesterday:
    "SENSE AND NONSENSE

    English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or french fries in France.

    You drive on a parkway and park in a driveway. Quicksand works slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

    In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? Your house burns up as it burns down, you fill in a form by filling it out and an alarm goes off by going on.

    When the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

    Then there are the variables in pronunciation when the same word has different meanings. Take this sampling from the Internet:

    - The bandage was wound around the wound.

    - The farm was used to produce produce.

    - The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

    - We must polish the Polish furniture.

    - He could lead if he would get the lead out.

    - The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

    - Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

    - A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

    - When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

    - I did not object to the object.

    - The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

    - There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

    - They were too close to the door to close it.

    - The buck does funny things when the does are present.

    - A seamstress and a sewer fell into a sewer line.

    - To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

    - The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

    - Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a tear.

    - I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

    And...

    - How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?"
    "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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    Hope this doesn't get me banned, but...

    MILF

    First of all, it's from a stupid teen sex comedy that's not even a decade old. Secondly, it sounds awful to the ears when read as an acronym, and just junior-high vulgar when recited word for word. Surely there has to be a more creative way to express an erotic attachment to women of a certain age group. (Not that I'm soliciting nominations here.)

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    Oh, and anyone unfamiliar with the meaning of MILF is advised to proceed with caution when doing a google search.

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    overoceans, I agree with you 100%. Not clever, not cool. Why are people using this? Even worse is when women refer to themselves as a MILF. !?!?

    That reminds me: I'm adding "yummy mummy" to the list. Ug.

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    Another thing I'm really sick of is "Darwin Awards" or some variation thereof when someone dies doing something stupid. Like okay, we get it buddy, you're a pseudo-intellectual who likes to show off his knowledge of high school biology.

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    Upon consideration, I'm sorry if I offended anyone who finds the phrase "Darwin Awards" amusing. I'm sure I use catch-phrases that other people consider pretentious. For example, I maintain a fondness for "drunk the kool-aid", to mean that someone has been duped into believing a stupid ideology, even though it has the same sort of undergraduate snotiness as "Darwin Awards". Anyway...

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    Even worse is when women refer to themselves as a MILF. !?!?
    I guess they're trying to say that they consider themselves attractive, which is fine by me. I just wish they'd come up with a more elegant way to phrase the idea.

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    how about the phrase "Cougar" not that im knocking it because it really is a classic, but it is a bit overused now.

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    Edmonton needs more undergraduate snottiness. And some people do things so stupid they really do deserve an award, wouldn't you say?
    City Centre Airport is to the sky as False Creek is to the ocean.

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    Came across a term that I actually like:
    Yuppie Puppies: small children in those very expensive strollers

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    "environmentally friendly"

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    green

    green is a color - use "environmentally friendly" instead.

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    friendly is anthropomorphic. nature doesn't care. use "environmentally sustainable" instead.
    City Centre Airport is to the sky as False Creek is to the ocean.

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    "sustainable economic growth"

    WTF does that mean!? It suggests continued growth ad infinitum, which is ultimately impossible due to physical limitations, and so would not be sustainable at all. Economies sometimes decrease in size, or go into recession...
    The word sustainable should be employed to suggest a number of inter-related things at once. For instance, a "sustainable society" would be described as one that has predictable economic growth and a stable economy, minimal net effect on environmental degradation, politically stable, guaranteed social freedoms and recognition of basic human rights - that is a sustainable society that can persist. And all of these things relate in order for there to be sustainability, and just one facet cannot in itself be sustainable independent of other things.



    "consumer"

    Suggests that people mindlessly consume things, and are merely reactive. I prefer the term citizen, because it suggests that we have civic, political, and social responsibilities too, not just as consumers of resources, goods, and services.



    "media market"

    Hm, just call it a city, or a region...radical I know..



    "organic"

    Most synthetic molecules are organic compounds too. Organic just means that the molecule consists mainly of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulphur, phosphorous, like most of the molecules found in nature. Let's use the term "pesticide-free" or "naturally grown" instead of "organic" food
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    "blog me"
    Edmontonian and proud of it!

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    "Awesome". The female DJ on Sonic is notorious for abusing this word in every sentence.
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    Ramp Up
    I'm having people over later to stare at their phones,if you want to drop by

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    Anyways

    Out the window. Out OF the window, please.

    Nucular. A favourite of TV newsreaders.

    Bloody Hallsy's repeating of everything!
    Bloody Hallsy's repeating of everything!

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    How about "Transit-Oriented Development".
    "Talk minus action equals zero." - Joe Keithley, D. O. A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    "Awesome". The female DJ on Sonic is notorious for abusing this word in every sentence.
    Liann Cameron, please read this and reconsider your on-air vocabulary.
    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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    orientated
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    maverick

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    lol, along those lines:

    "the"

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    how about - technologically why not just technically
    - instanteously why not just instantly

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    oops forgot - orientated - why not just oriented

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidnorwoodink View Post
    "It's" instead of "Its".

    Example of correct usage: "Edmonton is shedding its image as a medium-size city and is becoming more and more a cosmopolitan metropolis. It's because of all the great people here, a C2E representative said."
    Yeah, this can get confusing, because convention says we use an apostrophe for possessive nouns, like Anthony's, America's, somebody's, but not for possessive pronoun forms like its, hers, whose, ours, yours, and theirs. I screw it up all the time if I'm in a hurry or tired.
    aka Jim Good; "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up." - Steven Wright

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    ^Convention also says that the apostrophe is used for contractions, e.g., it's for it is. You just have to know your conventions and use them appropriately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Timer View Post
    how about - technologically why not just technically
    - instanteously why not just instantly
    technologically - S: (adv) technologically (by means of technology) "technologically impossible"
    technically - S: (adv) technically (with regard to technique) "technically lagging behind the Japanese"; "a technically brilliant boxer"

    ----Word Net, Princeton

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    "intransigence."

    I don't think I have ever seen this word used so much in journalism since Mayor Mandel was quoted using it, and not by quoting him anymore, either.

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    Here's one I see more and more frequently, even in posts on this forum: the word 'than' spelled 'then'. It drives me nuckin' futs!

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    Stay-cation

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    Ghey!

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    Any pun that involves the word 'Twitter'

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    sheeple

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    "Action Plan"
    Sick of seeing these required and generated endlessly with zero intent for a commitment to execute.
    Pehaps this is just another way of saying "go away and quit bothering me" ?

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    "economic downturn"
    "recession"
    "recession-proof"

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    "recession"...'cause it's over right?

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    i like sheeple.. there are so many of them after all.

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    "shovel-ready"
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    Quite frankly, I am sick of "quite frankly"
    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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    "Kool Beans"
    "Bunk"
    "Peace Out"
    "Later"
    "Dude/dudette"
    "Freak-zone"
    They say weed is a gateway.. TO WHAT? The Fridge?

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    Whatever.
    I'm having people over later to stare at their phones,if you want to drop by

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    Quote Originally Posted by E-ville View Post
    "Kool Beans"
    "Bunk"
    "Peace Out"
    "Later"
    "Dude/dudette"
    "Freak-zone"
    Kool beans is an awesome phrase. i try and slip it into everyday conversations whenever possible.

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    How about "walkable city".
    "Talk minus action equals zero." - Joe Keithley, D. O. A.

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    People who start a sentence, when answering a question with: "So, "

    global resourcing, global delivery

    rofl, lmao

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    "person of interest" - c'mon 5-0, just say "suspect", "accomplice" or "witness" and be done with it!
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    "Excited Delerium"
    Cr*p expression when someone dies from being tazered. The police must have clapped their hands in glee when that phrase was thought of.
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    And then there's pronunciation... words like schedule.

    ...as Churchill said about schedule being pronounced with an 'h'... that something to the effect that we don't go to shool, we go to school.

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    ^ And how often do you hear "triathalon" when it should be "triathlon"?

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    ^ A couple of Canadian examples of this are how we pronounce "Calgree" and "Toronna."
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    ^ or how "route" has become "rout"
    Edmontonian and proud of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTA View Post
    ^ A couple of Canadian examples of this are how we pronounce "Calgree" and "Toronna."
    Or how about "Edmintin" (with a soft last "n")
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    If I see one more headline with "All a-twitter", I'll scream.

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    OMG I HATE TWITTER!!! Have we become so obsessed with celebrity status that we now need instant updates?
    They say weed is a gateway.. TO WHAT? The Fridge?

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    I'll add "2.0" when used as a suffix to other words. Such as "Web 2.0", "News 2.0". Put in to give the appearance of high-tech and the author is with-it and up on new communication media.

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    ^ I'm still waiting for Web 2.0 Service Pack 1 before I upgrade.
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    world class - obviously.

    "good job buddy" - after anybody does absolutely anything.

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    y'all
    lookit
    doggone
    stelmach
    crisis
    shares
    h1n1
    restructuring
    fear
    tumble

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    'Very fun'.
    It sounds awful but Martha Stewart likes to use it.
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    "gooder" As in, I really like that, that's a gooder.

    AAAARRRRGGGGGGG!!!

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    ^ AAAARRRRGGGGGGG without an H on the end always looks funny (sorry, Martha and Gemini) to me.

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    I vote to ban the plural word "ones" as a psuedo-pronoun.

    e.g. "Don't buy those apples, buy these ones."
    e.g. "Oh, I love those ones!"
    e.g. "Those ones are the best!"
    e.g. "These people are invaluable to our company. Without these ones, our corporate memory would be lost."
    e.g. "If it weren't for these ones, our sales would be in the crapper."
    e.g. "Yeah, grab those ones in case we need them."
    Imagine: a world free of hypothetical situations!

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    "epic fail" for 2009/10

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