Banished Words…I’d add “wraparound”

The Lake Superior State University has completed their list of banned words for 2013.

I’d like to add one that has been creeping into our own vocabulary and vernacular, mainly by bureaucrats and politicians.

“Wraparound” – It is supposed to mean all encompassing and is usually attached to some sort of benefit and womble support services delivered out of the vote welfare.

Paula Bennett is one of the worst users of this bullshit pollie speak.

The Lake Superior list though is pretty good too:

Check out the list, below, followed by select comments from nominators:

  • fiscal cliff – “Makes me want to throw someone over a real cliff”
  • kick the can down the road – “I would definitely like to kick some cans of the human variety every time I hear politicians use this phrase to describe a circumstance that hasn’t gone their way.”
  • double down – “The next time I see or hear the phrase, I am going to double over.”
  • job creators/creation – “One of the most overplayed buzz terms of the 2012 presidential campaign. Apparently ‘lowering unemployment’ doesn’t have the same impact.”
  • passion/passionate – “Diabetes is not just Big Pharma’s business, it’s their passion! This or that actor is passionate! about some issue somewhere. A DC lobbyist is passionate! about passing (or blocking) some proposed law. My passion! is simple: Banish this phony-baloney word.”
  • YOLO (You Only Live Once) – “Just gives people, especially teens, a reason to do stupid things.”
  • spoiler alert – “Used as an obnoxious way to show one has trivial information and is about to use it, no matter what.”
  • bucket list – “Getting this phrase on the Banished Word List is on my bucket list!”
  • trending – “I’m sick of chirpy entertainment commentators constantly informing us of what ‘is trending right now.’ I used to like a good trend until this.”
  • superfood – “It’s food. It’s either healthful or it’s not. There is no ‘super’ involved.”
  • boneless wings – “Can we just call them chicken (pieces)?”
  • guru – “Unless you’re teaching transcendental meditation, Hinduism or Buddhism, please don’t call yourself a guru just because you think you’re an expert at something. It’s silly and pretentious. Let other people call you that, if they must.”

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  • Ronnie Chow

    I would like to officially add ‘bro’ and ‘cuz’ to this list , and all such permutations .

  • “Marriage equality”

    • Gayguy

      No surprise that you would want to ban words than talk of equality.

      Read the Bible yet? Discovered how far off Christs path you are yet?

    • You’d ban a term that is accurate, reflects the aims of disenfranchised people? Really?

    • Why get worked up, go read Solomon’s Ecclesiastes a few times and write every single passage from that book onto pad paper, then read it out five times…

  • Pete George

    Re ‘boneless wings’ – they have some really weird terms in the US, for example chicken steaks have no chicken (it’s a ground beef composite) and buffalo wings have no buffalo (they were created in Buffalo, New York. The residents of Buffalo generally refer to them as “wings” or “chicken wings” rather than “Buffalo wings.”)

    But one of the most misused words here is ‘poverty’.

  • In Vino Veritas

    There are just so many of them to choose from. What about:

    Sustainability (not a Green sentence can be uttered without it)
    Paradigm shift (wank words for changing ones assumption)
    Break through the clutter (if you are a useless sack of shit who can’t organise themselves)
    Sea change (with regard to transformation) [WTF?]
    Mission critical (unless you are in the army on a real mission)
    Wellness (now there’s one that every twat with a vegetarian bent uses daily)

  • MarcWills

    I would like to add “learners”, and also “rejuvenation”. I think “stakeholders” has featured before in the wanker’s dictionary, but thankfully has tended to fall out of fashion as audiences’ faces glaze over whenever it is used in the real world.

  • sandynobb

    ‘Digitlisation’ – digitisation (scanning) plus sticky fingers.

  • Ururoa

    Terrorist; the most abused word of the 21st century (to date)