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"Spoiler alert" here are the "Trending" list of banished words

Published On: Dec 31 2012 08:50:46 AM CST


DETROIT, Mich. -

A dirty dozen have landed on the 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The nonbinding, tongue-in-cheek decree released Monday by Michigan's Lake Superior State University is based on nominations submitted by the public.
    "Fiscal cliff" garnered the most votes based on how often news media outlets use it to describe across-the-board federal tax increases and spending cuts that economists say could harm the economy in 2013 without congressional action.
    Other terms up for a literary lashing are "superfood," ''guru" and "double down."
The list is compiled from nominations sent to LSSU throughout the year, and is released each year on New Year's Eve. Through the years, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which now includes more than 800 entries.