Spoiler alert: This article contains some words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language. Spoiler alert: Spoiler alert is among them.
The List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness was compiled by Michigan’s Lake Superior State University.
The 38th annual list is currently trending. Ironically, "trending" is also on the list.
Spoiler alert trumps all, though. The seemingly thoughtful way to warn readers or viewers about tv spoilers and more has become played out to the max.
Lake Superior's study says the term is now “used as an obnoxious way to show one has trivial information and is about to use it, no matter what.”
Another nominee for the banned words list in 2012 is “fiscal cliff,” because of its overuse by media outlets when describing looming tax hikes and budget cuts.
“You can’t turn on the news without hearing this,” the study reported of the cliff. “We're equally worried about the River of Debt and Mountain of Despair.”
Other terms coming in for a literary lashing in the last 12 months are "bucket list," “superfood,” "guru,” "job creators," “double down" and “YOLO” ... sorry Drake.