This year’s list comes from thousands of nominations received through the university’s website in its 34th annual list of words that should be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.
The ubiquitous ‘Green‘ and all of its variables, such as ‘going green,’ ‘building green,’ ‘greening,’ ‘green technology,’ ‘green solutions’, ‘green jobs,’ ‘green living,’ ‘green homes,’ and more green, drew the most attention from those who sent in nominations this year.
Green used to be a noun. Now it can be a verb as in, “We need to think about greening our office.
In spite of Global Warming Guru Al Gore’s Hollywood Oscar for “Best Crockumentary Feature” and Nobel Peace Prize, ‘Carbon Footprint’ or ‘Carbon Offsetting’ was close second.
Other words and terms making the list of words that should be banished are ‘Maverick’, ‘First Dude’, ‘Bailout’ and ‘Wall Street to Main Street.’ The complete list can be found here.