Along with all other words that end in “Monkey.”
The small and insignificant college produces a list every year of banned terms. These are always terms that have gotten on the nerves of members of the English Department at LSSU, ultimately drawn from a list of nominations provided by pedants around the world with nothing better to do.
Entries include the likes of:
“If I see one more corporation declare itself ‘green,’ I’m going to start burning tires in my backyard,” wrote Ed Hardiman of Bristow, Va., in his submission. Nominators also had their fill of “carbon footprint” — the amount of greenhouse gases an individual’s lifestyle produces.
… and …
“I am so tired of hearing about everything affecting ‘Main Street.’ I know that with the ‘Wall Street’ collapse, the comparison is convenient, but really, let’s find another way to talk about everyman or the middle class, or even, heaven forbid, ‘Joe the Plumber.'” wrote Stacey from Knoxville, Tenn. She provided only a first name in her bid to eradicate — or at least separate — Wall Street” and “Main Street.”
… and other whine-full meanderings.
For the first time in the history of this dumb list, an emoticon was banned. The Yahoo News Story reporting the event was unable to display the emoticon because they lack the HTML coding skills, but I’ll show it to you because I’m a ScienceBlogger and we can handle these things:
(it is supposed to be a heart)
Here is the rest of the list:
- Caron footprint or carbon offsetting
- First dude
- Wall street/Main street
- ___ Monkey
- Icon or Iconic
- Game changer
- Desperate search
- Not so much
- Winner of five nominations
- It’s that time of year again
I totally agree with banning “not so much” and “Staycation.” But the economic and environmental terms, not so much.
The quotes above are from here.