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January holds few pleasures, but one thing we always have to look forward to is the list of banished words from Lake Superior State University.

A dozen words made it onto LSSU’s 41st annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. The tradition, created by the late W.T. Rabe, former public relations director at Lake Superior State University, is now in its fifth decade.

The university’s website notes that Rabe and fellow LSSU faculty and staff came up with the first list of words and phrases that people love to hate at a New Year’s Eve party in 1975, publishing it on Jan. 1, 1976. Since then, the list has consisted entirely of nominations received from around the world throughout the year.

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Bless your heart
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