It doesn't take a "rocket scientist" to realize that some words and phrases such as "dead meat, zero percent wage increase, unrequested leave of absence" or "mopping-up action" deserve to be banned.
Bill Crawford, director of public affairs at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Monday released a collection of "favorites" that he has added to the annual New Year's Dishonour List of Words Banished from the English language.The outstanding oxymoron, according to Crawford, was "faux pearls with certificate of authenticity."
Other phrases that fazed Crawford include "mopping-up operation," and "self-storage." Could one put oneself in storage? Crawford asks.
He said signs of the times include "mouth-watering prices" and "center median." Unfavorite redundancies prevalent in daily speech and the media include "two twins," "end result," and "non-essential government workers."
Others in disfavor include "parenting."
"Parent is a noun overworked as a verb," Samuel E. Burgess of Sault Ste. Marie wrote. Or, how about "parenting skills," something that Burgess said means "can't figure out how to use two pieces of tape on a disposable diaper."
" `Dead meat' is about as annihilated as you can get," wrote Margaret Dechant of Newberry in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
"We don't have dead meatballs or dead meatloaf, and the supermarkets don't advertise their `dead meat department.' "
"Rocket scientist" is another inappropriate term, Dan Sweeney of Sault Ste. Marie wrote. "He's no rocket scientist, means he's dumb."