Politicians have frequently expressed their distaste for "the fiscal cliff" -- and now linguists are weighing in as well.
"Fiscalcliff" heads the 38th annual "List of Words to be Banished from theQueen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness" put out byLake Superior State University in Michigan.
"You can't turn on the news without hearing this," said Christopher Loiselle, of Midland, Mich., in his nominating submission, reports the Associated Press. "I'm equally worried about the River of Debt and Mountain of Despair."
Thelist of terms proposed for banishment also includes another phrase headduring the fiscal cliff talks in Washington: "Kick the can down theroad." Also on the list: "Job creators/creation."
Fiscal cliff isthe term used for a series of across-the-board federal tax increases andspending cuts that kick in next year if Congress is unable to puttogether a new debt reduction agreement.
Federal Reserve ChairmanBen Bernanke is credited -- or blamed -- for coining the term "fiscalcliff,' using the phrase at a congressional hearing.
Of course,Lake Superior State's ability to ban phrases is limited; their pastlists have included such still-used words as "viral," "amazing," ''LOL,"and "man cave."
Also from the Associated Press:
"Other terms coming in for a literary lashing are 'superfood,' ''guru,' 'job creators' and 'double down.'
"Universityspokesman Tom Pink said that in nearly four decades, the Sault Ste.Marie school has 'banished' around 900 words or phrases, and somehow thewhole idea has survived rapidly advancing technology and diminishingattention spans.
"Nominations used to come by mail, then fax andvia the school's website, he said. Now most come through theuniversity's Facebook page. That's fitting, since social media hashelped accelerate the life cycle of certain words and phrases, such asthis year's entry 'YOLO' - 'you only live once.' ...
"Rounding outthe list are "job creators/creation," ''boneless wings" and"passion/passionate." Those who nominated the last one say they aretired of hearing about a company's "passion" as a substitute forproviding a service or product for money."