The "fiscal cliff" is an expression that has been at the forefront of everybody's mind lately, as websites and news channels race to cover the impending tax hike that could go into effect at the beginning of the new year.
But did you know the expression is also being singled out for another reason?
Yes, "fiscal cliff" and 11 other words, phrases and expressions were named to Lake Superior State University's 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.
According to the school's website, the tongue-in-cheek tradition began on New Years Eve in 1975, when the school's former public relations director and other employees thought it would be fun to banish some overused words from the English language.
The initial list was published on January 1, 1976, and it's been a hit ever since.
This year there was no shortage of expressions to add to the 800 that already are named to the list.
Here are the dirty dozen that made this year's banished list:
- Fiscal Cliff
- Kick the Can Down the Road
- Double Down
- Job Creators/Creation
- Spoiler Alert!
- Bucket List
- Boneless Wings
What words or expressions are you tired of hearing? Are any from this list, or do you have one of your own? Let us know in the comments below.