Fiscal Cliff & Trending Among Banished Words of 2013

By Jason Boog Comment

The activist grammarians at Lake Superior State University have released their 2013 List of Banished Words, a collection of overused, abused and fake words that infected our language this year.

The list included “fiscal cliff,” “spoiler alert” and “superfood.” What word do you wish people would stop using next year?

Here’s more from the release: “Through the years, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which is closing in on its 1,000th banishment.┬áThis year’s list is culled from nominations received mostly through the university’s website ( Word-watchers target pet peeves from everyday speech, as well as from the news, fields of education, technology, advertising, politics and more. A committee makes a final cut in late December.”

2013 Banished Words from Lake Superior State University

Fiscal cliff

Double down

Job creators/creation



Spoiler Alert

Bucket list



Boneless Wings


Kick the can down the road