Language is evolutionary. It meets the needs of the people who use it through adaptation to the necessary and the novel. Technology, for example, adds new words, some of which stick, others which don’t, every year. But there are those out there who’d just as soon you stay within the bounds of ‘proper’ language usage--if it’s good enough for the Queen, then by golly it’s good enough for you.
Lake Superior State University has a Word Banishment Committee, that decides, for our better good, which words need to be dropped from our lexicon. For the past 35-years it has released its “List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness”. This year’s list includes the techno-terms “tweet” (and all its variations: tweetaholic, retweet, twitterhea, twitterature, twittersphere), “app”, “sexting”, and “friend” (when used as a verb).
Before we get hot under the collar at such paternalism, keep in mind that we’re talking the end of December in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. You need to find something to amuse yourself with during these dark, winter days on the Upper Peninsula. Smug self-righteousness is as good an option as mooning Canadians across the St. Mary’s River. And, to be fair, the list does have one redemption: it contains “chillaxin'”.
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