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Say No To Baby Bump, Man Cave, Etc.

Before passing comment on someone's “baby bump,” take a pregnant pause. Likewise, give up promoting “shared sacrifice.” And if you're tempted to proclaim your desire to “win the future,” you've lost it here in the present. Michigan's Lake Superior State University is featuring those phrases in its annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The 2012 list, released Friday, was compiled by the university from nominations submitted from across the globe. What else do the syntactical Scrooges want to cast out with the good cheer in the new year? The list also includes “occupy,” “ginormous,” “man cave” and “the new normal”/Jeff Karoub, AP. More here.

Question: Which of these over-used terms do you use?

‘Occupy’ Protest Births Catchphrase

Occupy Wall Street has inspired campaigns, spoofs and headlines that have nothing to do with the social protest in Manhattan. Some occupy “movements” live on the Web, like “Occupy Sesame Street” with its digitally altered pictures of Elmo, Grover and the gang being hauled off by New York City police. Others are on social networking sites. Facebook has Occupy Lego Land with little Lego demonstrators. The catchphrase has become so popular that the American Dialect Society is considering it for its “Word of the Year,” chosen every year. It could join the recent winners “app” and “tweet”/Michael Hill, AP. More here.

Question: When it's all said and done, will the most lasting legacy of the Occupy Wall Street movement be the “occupy” catchphrase?

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