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Michigan School Names Words That Should Go Over The Fiscal Cliff In 2013
2013-01-01 07:50:49

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. Scholars at Lake Superior State University (LSSU), for the 38th consecutive year, have found a dozen words or phrases that are just too annoying to continue to use. The words/phrases are those that the school wishes to see “banished” from the English language in...

2012-12-18 05:01:56

In time for year-end holiday gift giving, the manufacturers of Skate Fenders, a breakthrough safety product that protects the feet and ankles of hockey players, is offering 20% off all purchases made via the product´s web site through Jan. 15. Gaylord, Michigan (PRWEB) December 17, 2012 In time for year-end holiday gift giving, the manufacturers of Skate Fenders, a breakthrough safety product that protects the feet and ankles of hockey players, is offering 20% off all purchases made...

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2010-12-31 14:35:00

The word "viral" is the leader of this year's list of "banished words" produced by a Michigan university. The word garnered the majority of nominations for the annual list, which was released by Lake Superior State University on Friday.  The term is often used to describe popular one-hit wonders on YouTube. "This linguistic disease of a term must be quarantined," wrote Kuahmel Allah of Los Angeles after nominating "viral" for the university's list. "If one more thing goes viral, I'm...

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2010-01-01 12:35:07

To those of you who are tweeting, sexting, or just chillaxin this holiday weekend, get ready: Fifteen popular overused and misused words and phrases are being targeted by a U.S. university's annual list of terms that deserve to be banned. Each year for the past 35 years, Lake Superior State University's wordsmiths go over thousands of words nominated for the annual list that targets words commonly misused in marketing, media, technology and other areas. On the list this year phrases...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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