“So,” will TAMS find that the “secret sauce” of this post “gives them life” and will want to “join the conversation,” or will they find it “problematic,” so that I will just have to “walk it back?”

Via WSJ:

So (and we will get back to that word in a minute), 2015 became the year in which U.S. university campuses went mad with political correctness. Students accused professors of “microagressions,” slights so subtle only the victims could identify, or feel, them. At Christmas, Cornell issued a list of discouraged “holiday” objects, which somehow included mistletoe.

Thus, we are pleased to associate ourselves with one university’s list of forbidden things. It is Lake Superior State University’s 41st annual list of “Banished Words.”

These are not merely bad words in current usage. Lake Superior State wants them suppressed for misuse, overuse and “general uselessness.”

Starting this year with “so.” In a note to the school’s arbiters, Thomas H. Weiss of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan described the problem with “so”: “Frequently used to begin a sentence, particularly in response to a question, this tiresome and grammatically incorrect replacement for “Like” or “Um,” is even more irksome.”

Also on the 2016 to-ban list is conversation (as in “join the conversation”), problematic, stakeholder, price point, secret sauce, walk it back, presser (blamed on the “mainstream media”), giving me life, and physicality.

Lake Superior State began this list as a lark in 1976. Of course—if we may say so—it took on a life of its own….

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  1. Alain41 says:

    So problematic, LSSU missed a few. Phrase to be banished, common sense reforms. And most notably to be banished in 2016, Obama. No presser needed, stakeholders will vote.

  2. mdannyg says:

    I LOVE this. The bizarre new trend of using “So” to answer a question is one of the most obnoxious things to have creeped into our culture. It’s a very Marie Harf way of speaking. I actually once asked someone how they spell their name and they responded “So…” and proceeded to spell their name.

  3. Maynard says:

    The problem with printing up the list of banned words is whoever gets the job of printing up that list has necessarily violated every rule in the book, and must be removed from the campus. However, the committee that reviews his case must necessarily use the banned words in order to specify the violation, and in so doing, it, too, becomes a violator. And so it goes, each violation dragging down those that would make corrections, until the campus stands empty.

  4. Dave says:

    The people that run the centers of higher learning in this country are not educators they are de-educators. Similar to Islam they are moral throwbacks and try to destroy all decency and common sense. Seeking to be wise they became fools.

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