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Words Banished

Each year for 30 years, Lake Superior University in Michigan has announced its "List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness."

Here are a few annoying words or phrases that have made the 2005 list with the names of those who nominated them.

You're Fired! — "and the little hand movement, too!" — Jason Ranville

Zero Percent APR Financing —"They should just say 'no interest.'" — Michael Henn

Body Wash — "also known as soap." — Ray Hill

Flip Flop/Flip Flopper/Flip Flopping — "They belong at the beach, not in a political dialogue. Republicans used it; Democrats used it back. Flip-flop back and forth it goes." — Jeff Lewis

If you want to make a nomination for the 2006 list, go to www.lssu.edu/banished.

Quiz Answer

"The 14-word quiz sentence contains 7 mistakes.

"(1) Allusive has to do with indirect references. The right word is surely elusive. (2) Unless Santa is already under discussion, after 'that ... fellow' his name is restrictive and should not be set off by commas. (3) Santa Clause? If you didn't catch this misspelling of Claus, you must be spending too much time reading about grammar. (4) At least is, at least, odd here: Santa visits no more than once a year. The writer should probably be queried. (5) Every American house is culturally insensitive. Change every to many, and pluralize the noun that follows. (6) Although home is often used where house would be more appropriate, here either homes or households would be better, since not all of us live in houses. (7) Per is best reserved for set phrases like miles per hour. Make it once a year."

Quiz reprinted with permission from Copy Editor.

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