“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?”
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….