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Oddities News Archive - January 01, 2013

Michigan School Names Words That Should Go Over The Fiscal Cliff In 2013

Just in time for the new year, a Michigan school has released its annual list of useless, overused and misused words that should be history along with 2012.

Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.