January 01, 2007

Language Police?

The new list of banned words & phrases is out & I can't say that I don't really sympathize.

"Lake Superior State University on Sunday released its annual 'List of Words and Phrases Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness."

Ya know in the 80's I'd have banned the word "like" if I could have. Cause, ya know, like every girl I'd like talk to would, like interject that word like 25 times before she like got around to just saying that she, like, well, you know - just didn't like, like me.

"Real estate listings were targeted for overuse of 'boast.' As in 'master bedroom boasts his-and-her fireplaces never 'bathroom apologizes for cracked linoleum,' quipped Morris Conklin of Portugal."


"Take 'ask your doctor,' the mantra of pharmaceutical commercials. The university called it 'the chewable vitamin morphine of marketing."

Oddly enough I always took "ask your doctor" as a challenge - the ones I've known have been very elusive. But I can see how it'd be grating if I paid attention to commercials at all.

"Sometimes people write us and tell us, 'This isn't working,' Pink said. 'I tell them we need an enforcement division."

Again I really sympathize. I just don't think an enforcement mechanism will help.

& I wonder if phrases such as "spray from the hip", "bullet hose", "no sporting purpose", "saturday night special", "junk guns", "ballistic fingerprinting", "hidden handguns" & "assault weapon" were included in the list? Probably not but they should have been. & from our side I have to say "tactical" has been a little over-used. I came to that realization while browsing a line of tactical long johns some time back.

For the helluvit go ahead & tell me which gun or anti-gun catch phrases &/or terms you're sick & tired of hearing.

Posted by Publicola at January 1, 2007 04:53 AM | TrackBack

"Gun culture" and "common-sense gun control" are greatly misused.

Posted by: BobG at January 1, 2007 10:11 AM

How about "arsenal," "weapons-cache," and "thousands of rounds?"

I wonder how the contents of my safe would be described on the local news...

Posted by: Chuck@PodunkOutpost at January 1, 2007 01:51 PM

"Stray bullet". It's, like, when, you know, some poor little bullet doesn't have a home. Mommy, can I keep him?

Posted by: Parallel at January 1, 2007 09:37 PM

How 'bout "high-powered" in reference to anything less potent than the 30-06?

"No legitimate purpose"

"Weapons of war" (even though it's technically correct, it's mispercieved)

"cop-killer bullets"


Posted by: jed at January 1, 2007 09:53 PM

How about assault weapon?

Posted by: Combat Controller at January 2, 2007 12:13 AM

over-used? how 'bout "Tactical" !!!

Posted by: HKPistole at January 2, 2007 01:36 PM
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