List of Phrases Banished from The Family’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness for 2011

Posted by jael on Dec 31, 2010 in Education, Parenting, Spiritual Journey, Technology |

Today is a day of many lists.  We’ve heard the count down of the Top 100 songs on the radio on the way to the mall for the biggest sale of the season, and tonight they will drop the ball in NYC.

One of our family favs is the list of banished words.  This year’s list includes several technology terms like “viral,” and “Google,” as well as “Facebook,” as verbs.  A couple of nuggets from Sarah Palin made the list like, “refudiate,” and “Mamma Grizzlies.” I won’t miss, “I’m just sayin,” also listed, but will grieve, “epic.”  The list is compiled using public input on words that are regarded as “so over,” (BANNED) from mis-use, over-use or uselessness.

Our family comprised our own List of Phrases Banished from the Family’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

From The Children:

“It’s gonna be a big day.”

“Don’t forget to set your alarm.”

“You got this one wrong.”

“That was due today?”

“It’s due tomorrow.”

“Sectionals are today.”

“Get out your planner.”

“Quality work matters.”

“Time for bed.”

“Have you played your violin?”

“Whose turn is it to do the litter box?”

“No, no, not like that, like this…”

“Are you paying attention?”

“How long have you been on the computer?”


“Should you be eating that with those braces?”

“When is that due?”

“Be careful.”

“Do you hear me?”

“Do you understand me?”

“What did you say?”

“No means no.”

“What is the problem?”

Anything that begins, “How many times have I told you…,” “Did you remember to…”  “Don’t tell me…” “Don’t forget…,” or “What did I say about…”

From the Parents:

“My bed is wet.”

“Can I go?”

“It wasn’t me.”

“No I didn’t.”

“My soccer game is at 9:00 a.m.”

“The cat puked again.”

“She won’t clean up.”

“I didn’t know.”

“There’s a dance Friday night.”

<At any meal> “I don’t like it.”

Anything that begins, “I forgot..,” “It’s due tomorrow…,” “I got assigned a long term project today…,” “Can I invite…”

Though the words vary, I think our family is in consensus on it’s more fun to play and eat ice cream than do homework or chores in 2010.

I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah!


Jan 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I’m just sayin’ that I’ve been so over epic and fail and epic fail all year. i’m glad to see those on the list. I just Googled the list of banished words. Google as a verb makes perfect sense to me.

Your family’s list of banished phrases for misuse, overuse and general uselessness is great. My favorite is My Bed Is Wet. Right on! I want to make a list with my family now. Stupid will be at the tippy-top from this Mama Grizzly, and there is Back Story to this A-Ha Moment. 😉

Jan 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I’m just saying’ that I’m so over worrying about BEING an epic fail! Google is just delicious. I’m drafting possible recipes so it can be its own ice-cream flavor! xo

Jan 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm

YES!!! Genius! You’d better copyright that idea STAT!



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