Which Words Used in Academe Would You Ban?

January 2, 2015

We reported on New Year's Eve about Lake Superior State University's latest "List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness." On Twitter we asked which words academics might do without. Among the nominations: alignment, narrative, disruption, stakeholders, and strategic plan. One person nominated "trigger warning" and asked "does that require a trigger warning?" Another nominated "low-income," as in students, calling the phrase "a euphemism to avoid mentioning the devastation of deep poverty." You can see all the replies here and join in on Twitter or in comments here.



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