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03 January 2007 Blog Home : January 2007 : Permalink

Words to Eschew in 007

The Lake Superior State University has a nice "List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness". I think my favourite definition of why a particular word should be banned is this one:

UNDOCUMENTED ALIEN -- "If they haven't followed the law to get here, they are by definition 'illegal.' It's like saying a drug dealer is an 'undocumented pharmacist.'" -- John Varga, Westfield, New Jersey.

The rest of the list is good too, as was last year's list, although it suffers from being a bit American. I reckon that a UK version (which after all is the home of the Queen and hence by definition is home of the Queen's English) would be a good idea.

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