'Fiscal cliff' tops list of words to be banished from Queen's English

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 01, 2013 11:00 hrs

'Fiscal cliff,' 'spoiler alert,' and 'boneless wings' are among some of the words included in a list of overused terms and phrases that is compiled annually by Lake Superior State University.

The university issues "List of words to be banished from the Queen's English for misuse, overuse and general uselessness," each year in an effort to dispense with some of the worst verbal clutter, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

Topping the 38th annual list is "fiscal cliff," the phrase that Americans nominated, more than any other this year, to be nixed from our everyday vocabulary.

Other words Americans have voted to banish include:

2. Kick the can down the road

3. Double down

4. Job creators/job creation

5. Passion/passionate (as in the way a business claims to feel about the service it delivers)

6. YOLO (short for "you only live once")

7. Spoiler alert

8. Bucket list

9. Trending

10. Superfood

11. Boneless wings

12. Guru (ANI)

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