Tag Archives: Lake Superior State University

word: banal


Definition: (adjective) Drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite.
Synonyms: stock, threadbare, hackneyed, old-hat, well-worn, tired
Usage: By his twelfth book, his plots had become downright banal. Discuss.


“Twerk” No More in the “Twittersphere”

It seems that the selfie’s 15 minutes of fame may be running out. The word “selfie” has been given top billing on Lake Superior State University’s 2014 “List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness,” a far cry from its “Word of the Year” title, awarded by Oxford Dictionaries mere months ago. Also making the school’s 39th annual list of excised words are “twerk,” “hashtag,” “Twittersphere,” and the suffixes “-ageddon” and “-pocalypse,” among others. If you could choose a word or phrase to ban, what would it be? More… Discuss