Lake Superior State University's new, 2008 Banished Words List needs innumerable additions. In addition to some excerpts we present our own suggestions of overused words and cliches that need to die in 2008:
Also, "Green"! Fuck green! Green means nothing! We issue a fatwah on green.
Also, CYBER MONDAY, and NATIONAL HANGOVER DAY
Also, all words that end in the suffix "-izzle."
Also, COOL, SUPERCOOL, KEWL And WOOT.
AND OUR #1 BANISHED WORD: HIPSTER.
Stop it. Just, stop it. Wanton use of this epithet for urbane, white, early 20s consumers of music, movies, film, and fashion has reached a new high, often by people who qualify as a hipster. Let's put it this way, if you know hip lingo like "hipster", you are a hipster.
How did we get here? My theory is: A primordial river of hate flows through us all, but here at the zenith of political correctness, old-school hating of poor people, black people, and immigrants can be socially hazardous. The only group that's fair game for primordial labeling, generalizations and carte blanche derision are those outside the PC safe zone — namely young, white, middle class kids.
Ergo, the rise of "hipster" hating.
Stop it. Use a different word. They're more than just hipsters. They are:
emo kids, vegpunks, scooter dweebs, sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, and dickheads. The list of subgroup epithets go on and one.
Branch out from hipster, people. Besides, who would you rather be stuck on an island with: a hipster with a great record collection or a jock douchebag who likes date rape? I'd want the guy with the Lou Reed records and hash, thank you. More banished words after the jump. — David Downs
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