The list, which started in 1976 and included the word "macho," was the brainchild of W.T. Rabe, a public relations director at Lake Superior State University. It's been published every year since, with thousands of nominations coming in from across the country, as a way to vent about verbal crutches, pet peeves and phrases that translate like nails on a chalkboard.
Other words and phrases to make the list
- In the books
- Wrap my head around
- Legally drunk
- Thought Leader
- Most important election of our time
Other words that have made the list in the past decade: on fleek, manspreading, foodie, selfie, YOLO, ginormous, BFF, bromance and staycation.
To submit a word or phrase for next year's list, go to lssu.edu/banished.