Words, suffixes officially banished for 2014

15 thoughts on “Words, suffixes officially banished for 2014”

    1. Blessedly mild weather. Sunny and 60ish today, so those who go out tonight should have a good evening. I’ll be tucked away safely at home, happily turning the page on 2013.

  1. If I’ve learned nothing else from my time online, it’s that my language skills leave a LOT to be desired. But there are those words / phrases that I find particularly annoying, like Obamacare and Hashtag. Does anyone really think the Affordable Care Act as passed even comes close to the president’s original intent? And what the heck does Hashtag even mean?!?!

    1. I know a hash tag is a symbol used in programming. My son has told me that. It’s also the “pound sign” on phone dials and keyboards. Used in tweets, it marks an item so it can be searched for by people looking for that topic. In conversation it’s sort of way to emphasize a word or to say “in other words.”

      1. Not so surprising. I’m retired, live alone, a hermit. If that means not hearing jelly used to mean “jealous” (Urban Dictionary to the rescue), I’m not sorry!

  2. Actually, I like the new word, “selfie”. While it’s true that people have been able to photograph themselves since the beginning of photography, it has only become common and convenient with the invention of the front-facing digital camera and image stabilization, and so the word captures a new cultural phenomenon. And, when the president and the pope both use it and do it, it’s here to stay.

    While LSSU has retained the caption, “banned”, their annual listing seems to celebrate new coinage more than discourage it, and who would have it differently? After all, it would be a stale world if words weren’t free to evolve. Not that there’s any option to it. Methinks Shakespeare would approve as well. 🙂

    On the other hand, I have to agree that the trends toward acronym-speak and the demise of cursive are alarming. Fortunately, good writing still survives in niches like the New Yorker and Time magazines, in the AP, and in selected blogs.

    1. It’s not so much the word selfie that bothers me as the act of taking and sending so many. It seems so … self-centered, for want of a better word. But not really being into cell phones, instagrams, tweets, etc., and never one to want my picture taken, I fail to see the point or need for selfies.

... and that's my two cents