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Jan012011

"Viral" Tops List of Words That "Fail" to Impress 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich.) -- Lake Superior State University's annual list of words that contributors think should be banished from the English language might go viral.  "Viral" tops that list but is not the only tech-related term.  "Fail" is another. "Facebook" and "Google" used as verbs also raised a lot of ire, along with "BFF," a common online shorthand for "best friend forever."

Not leaving politics out of the mix, the list includes Sarah Palin's malapropistic combination of "repudiate" and "refute," the headline-making "refudiate."

If you really want to upset the people who put the words on this list, combine a couple, such as "epic fail."  As one of the nominators says, "Cecil B. DeMille movies are epics.  Internet fallouts and opinions delivered in caps-lock are not."

The list started in 1976 when a public relations official at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., gathered with friends to create a list of words that were overused, misused or just plain stupid.  It took off and now people from all over nominate words for the annual list via a website.

Phrases are also welcome.  Among this year's: "Man up," and "I'm just sayin'."

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