Tuesday, January 1, 2008
(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 . . .