'Fiscal cliff': banished for overuse(Read article summary)
Lake Superior State University's 2012 list of terms that need to be removed from the English language was topped by 'fiscal cliff,"
The phrase â€śFiscal cliffâ€ť topped the list compiled for 2012 by Lake Superior State University of words that need to be banished because they have been overused.
The listâ€™s full title is â€śThe List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessnessâ€ť and has been compiled yearly by the university since 1976, when phrases like â€śat this point in timeâ€ť and â€śdĂ©tenteâ€ť were voted for banishment. ("Invented by Henry Kissinger," the university wrote on "dĂ©tente" at the time. "Nobody else knows what it means, and now even Kissinger has forgotten. [Before the year was out the president of the United States also banished "detente." Later, voters banished Kissinger and the president.]")
The list and its rankings is based on submissions by English speakers who write to Lake Superior State University and complain about certain terms. The compilation is released annually on New Yearâ€™s Eve.
â€śYou can't turn on the news without hearing this,â€ť Christopher Loiselle of Midland, Mich. wrote to LSSU about â€śfiscal cliff.â€ť â€śI'm equally worried about the River of Debt and Mountain of Despair.â€ť
A contributor known only as Donna, who is based in Johnstown, N.Y., agreed with Loiselle.
â€śMakes me want to throw someone over a real cliff,â€ť she wrote.
Other now-banished phrases includes the second-most-nominated term, â€śkick the can down the road,â€ť and the phrase which came in third, â€śdouble down.â€ť Mike Cloran of Cincinnati, Ohio explained the first for LSSU.Â
â€śUsually used in politics, this typically means that someone or some group is neglecting its responsibilities,â€ť Cloran wrote of â€śkick the can. â€śThis was seized upon during the current administration and is used as a clichĂ© by all parties... Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, Tories, Whigs, Socialists, Communists, Fashionistasâ€¦"Â
â€śJob creators/creationâ€ť and â€śYOLO,â€ť which stands for â€śYou Only Live Once,â€ť also attracted English speakersâ€™ ire. Check out the full list here.