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January 1, 2013

List: No love for 'fiscal cliff,' 'spoiler alert'


“The list surprises me in one way or another every year, and the same way every year: I’m always surprised how people still like it, love it,” he said.

Rounding out the list are “job creators/creation,” ‘‘boneless wings” and “passion/passionate.” Those who nominated the last one say they are tired of hearing about a company’s “passion” as a substitute for providing a service or product for money.

Andrew Foyle, of Bristol, England, said it’s reached the point where “passion” is the only ingredient that keeps a chef from preparing “seared tuna” that tastes “like dust swept from a station platform.”

“Apparently, it’s insufficient to do it ably, with skill, commitment or finesse,” Foyle said. “Passionate, begone!”

As usual, the etymological exercise — or exorcise — only goes so far. Past lists haven’t eradicated “viral,” “amazing,” ‘‘LOL” or “man cave” from everyday use.

Lake Superior State’s 38th list of banished words:

Fiscal cliff

Kick the can down the road

Double down

Job creators/creation



Spoiler alert

Bucket list



Boneless wings


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