Every New Year's for 30 years, Lake Superior State University of Saulte Ste. Marie, Mich., seeks to do its service to the English-speaking world by banning words and phrases we no longer need. Or, more accurately, words or phrases we can no longer stand, such as bling or metrosexual.
Surely no one can touch Lake State's comprehensive archive--which this year struck down über, Webinar, and wardrobe malfunction, among others--and you can find its latest list at www.lssu.edu/banished. But in the interest of advancing the dialogue within our own industry, it's worth putting the microscope on ourselves. I would like to vow you'll never see these again in the print or Web pages of InformationWeek, but I fear many are too well entrenched among me and my colleagues, several of whom contributed to this list. And if you keep saying them, we must faithfully report--so we're all in this together.
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