If you were getting sick of hearing the term “fiscal cliff,” you aren’t alone. The phrase topped the 38th annual List of Words to Be Banished From the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness. The list, which is released by Lake Superior State University in Michigan, is made from submissions sent via mail, fax, or Facebook. One submitter said of the term, “You can’t turn on the news without hearing this. I’m equally worried about the ‘River of Debt and Mountain of Despair.’” This year’s list also included terms like “spoiler alert,” “superfood,” “job creators,” and “YOLO.” Unfortunately the list is powerless to eradicate any words from the English language.
SICK OF IT Susan Walsh/AP