Diction

College Bans 'Viral' and 'Epic' for 2011

Here’s a year-end list and a New Year’s resolution: Stop using the words “viral” and “epic,” the most hackneyed terms of 2010, according to Lake Superior State University. Other terms consigned to the trash bin were “fail,” “wow factor,” and “a-ha moment.” Political campaign phrases are always popular on LSSU’s annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness, which began in 1976, when it condemned “at this point in time” as a substitute for “now.” This year, Sarah Palin’s “Mama Grizzlies” and Sharron Angle’s “man up” were singled out.