This week, Loveland City Manager Bill Cahillreportedly
banned a series of words and phrases from official communication -- mostly meaningless terms such as "orientate," "proactive," "paradigm" and (!) "skillage." It's a good start -- but it turns outLake Superior State University
in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, has been doing something similar since 1976. Here are our ten faves from the LSSU list, photo-illustrated for your pleasure. Check them out -- but for God's sake, don't say them!Number 10:
"Pet parent" -- although in this case, it's not so bad, since there definitely is a resemblance....Number 9:
"Captured alive" -- because capturing someone dead isn't really much of a challenge.Click to keep counting down our top ten phrases Loveland should outlaw next.Number 8:
"Giving 110 percent." If you actually figure out a way to give more than 100 percent, your math teacher's head will explode.Number 7:
"Thrown under the bus." After all, wouldn't getting thrown under a steamroller be even worse?Click to keep counting down our top ten phrases Loveland should outlaw next.Number 6:
"Completely surrounded" -- as opposed to being surrounded in a way that makes it easy to escape?Number 5:
"Tuna fish." Without that second word, it could be a "Tuna bird," or a "Tuna cow," or maybe a "Tuna platypus."Click to keep counting down our top ten phrases Loveland should outlaw next.Number 4:
"The honest truth" -- a phrase that can also be interpreted as "I'm lying, but doing it with a really sincere look on my face."Number 3:
"Bare naked" -- unless the expression "Fully clothed naked" is more common than we realize.Click to keep counting down our top ten phrases Loveland should outlaw next.Number 2:
"LOL" and every other text-abbreviation cliche with the exception of "WTF" -- because, as Phil fromModern Familyreminds us
, it actually means, "Why the face?"
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