Lake Superior State University released its 34th version of their annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness earlier this week. Inspired by interest in the environment, frenzy over politics, and the economic downturn, the 15 entries selected from over 5,000 nominations include:
“If something is good for the environment, just say so. As Kermit would say, ‘It isn’t easy being green.’” Kevin Sherlock, Hiawatha, Iowa.
2. CARBON FOOTPRINT or CARBON OFFSETTING
“It is now considered fashionable for everyone, tree hugger or lumberjack alike, to pay money to questionable companies to ‘offset’ their own ‘carbon footprint.’ What a scam! Get rid of it immediately!” Ginger Hunt, London, England.
“The constant repetition of this word for months before the US election diluted whatever meaning it previously had. Even the comic offshoot ‘mavericky’ was terribly overused. A minimum five-year banishment of both words is suggested so they will not be available during the next federal election.” Matthew Mattila, Green Bay, Wisc. Keep reading »
Christian Siriano must be pissed. In Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, grammar/language columnist William Safire wrote about the adjective “hot” and how it is falling out of fashion as an indicator of cool. Apparently “Fierce is where it’s at.” Professor Connie Eble at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took a survey of students and found that fierce no longer means “ferocious,” and has replaced “hot” as the word to use when describing something extremely attractive. Throughout his whole discussion, Safire neglected to share why “fierce” has risen in popularity — through Christian’s use of the word on Project Runway, of course! In our opinion, “fierce” won’t replace “hot” until people of both sexes and all sexual orientations use it. Have you ever heard a straight men say “fierce” in a non-joking manner? [NY Times] Keep reading »
Christian Siriano, last season’s “fierce” winner of Project Runway, is everywhere these days. He’s designed prom dresses for avatars and small collections for Puma, and he’s gearing up to show at New York Fashion week come September. Yesterday, his nine-piece collection for Bluefly, which was part of the PR prize package, went up on the site. For some reason, you can’t buy any of his clothes yet — either that, or they sold out in a day. (They all have a note that says “We’re sorry, this item is not available” next to them.) But as much as I love Christian and all of his hot tranny mess-iness, I don’t think I’d spend almost $400 on this jacket. More photos after the jump… [NY Times, Bluefly] Keep reading »