What Not To Say!

2018's Banned Words and Phrases: 
Lake Superior State University released their annual list of banned words (and phrases) for the 43rd year. Here is the list --to be specific, "the Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness"-- for 2018, in no particular order.
--Unpack: a misused word for analyze, consider, assess. Concepts or positions are not packed, so they don't need to be unpacked.

--Tons: which refers to an exaggerated quantity, as in tons of sunshine or tons of work. 'Lots' would surely suffice.

--Dish: as in to dish out the latest rumor on someone. Let's go back to 'talks about' and leave dishes in the cupboard.

--Pre-owned: What is so disgraceful about owning a used car now and then?

--Onboarding / Offboarding: a creature from the HR Lagoon. We used to have hiring, training and orientation. Now we need to have an "onboarding" process. Firings, quitting, and retirements are streamlined into "offboarding."

--Nothingburger: It says nothing that 'nothing' doesn't already. I'll take a quarter-pound of something in mine.

--Let that sink in: One could say shocking, profound, or important. Let that sink in.

--Let me ask you this: Wholly unnecessary statement. Just ask the question already.

--Impactful: A frivolous word groping for something 'effective' or 'influential.'

--Covfefe: An impulsive typo, born into a 140-character universe, somehow missed by the autocorrect feature.

--Drill Down: Instead of expanding on a statement, we "drill down on it."

--Fake News: Once upon a time stories could be empirically disproved. Now 'fake news' is any story you disagree with.

--Hot Water Heater: Hot water does not need to be heated. 'Water heater' or 'hot water maker' will keep us out of hot water.

--Gig Economy: Gigs are for musicians and stand-up comedians. Now expanded to imply a sense of freedom and a lifestyle that rejects tradition in a changing economic culture.

And now you know...

- MM