Tuesday, January 1, 2008

ban those bad words!

(as read in the St. Paul Pioneer Press this afternoon, on my way to AALS . . .)

Lake Superior State University issues annually a "List of Words Banished From the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness."  This year's list includes "surge," "sweet," "'blank' is the new 'blank,'" "random," and "decimate."  The article notes that a member of the committee that evaluates submissions "once received a letter from an Arizona Supreme Court justice who said he posted that year's list on a bulletin board and prohibited all attorneys from using those words."

What a sweet idea!  Doing so would decimate some briefs . . .



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