For yet another year, terms used in the world of social media have become far too prominent in society’s everyday lexicon. At least that’s according to a Michigan school’s annual list of banned words, in which ‘viral’ was the most loathsome term uttered throughout 2010.
Since 1976, Lake Superior State University has released their much anticipated list on New Year’s Day. People from around the world submit entries to what is officially called ‘The List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.’ Every year the list captures the attention of the nation, accurately calling out phrases that have become meaningless and annoying. For a second straight year, social media has made words that once clever or creative, now are ugly and banal.
This year ‘viral’ led the way in popularity, or unpopularity as it were, based on more than 1,000 submissions. “I knew it was time when the 2010 list of banished words appeared in Time magazine’s, ‘That Viral Thing’ column,” wrote in Dave Schaefer of Glenview, Ill. Leer más ““Tweet”, “Viral” Top List of Banned Words, Again”