Banished Words For 2015: List Includes ‘Bae’ And ‘Foodie’

January 1, 2015 | By Garrett Montgomery More

A list of banished words unveiled by Lake Superior State University in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, includes words and terms like BAE, HACK, and POLAR VORTEX because they have been overused. This the 40th edition of the List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness, which was originally created by W. T. Rabe.

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The annual banished words list revealed by Lake Superior State University in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, will help people know all the words not to use in 2015.

In 1976, a former public relations director at Lake Superior State University named W. T. Rabe, attended a New Year’s Eve party with numerous colleagues where they came up with the first ever List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

The list became so popular that Rabe made it a tradition to release one every year. But, instead of working with his peers, he decided to take suggestions from the world.

In 2014, people from all over the globe, submitted more than 800 suggestions via Lake Superior State University’s official website. The banished words list contains 12 words including polar vortex, hack, swag, and cra-cra.

Bae, which stands for before anything else, has been overused on Twitter and Facebook in 2014. While some people put their spouse bae, others placed their Starbucks cappuccino bae.

Polar vortex: According to, here is the definition of polar vortex:

A polar vortex is a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere, which sits over the polar region during the winter season.

Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno explained that the phenomenon is not new, but for some unknown reason, in 2014, instead of saying winter, many people picked up the term polar vortex.

Hack: The leak of celebrity photos from Apple’s iCloud and the Sony hack, have made the word hack too popular.

Skill Set: No one really understands why, instead of saying, “I have skills,” it became the norm to say, “I have skill sets.”

Swag: For several years now that word has been nominated because folks are tired of hearing about famous people like Justin Bieber hiring a swag coach.

Foodie: Please go back to using chef, or cook, stop using foodie.

Curate / Curated: It is reserved for fine art and museums, not for companies that select shoes and clothes online.

Friend-raising: A strange term that describes people who befriend other people for their money.

Cra-cra (cray-cray): Just use the normal word crazy.

Enhanced interrogation: Liberals say it is a shameful euphemism for torture, while conservatives say that it was the method used to get Osama bin Laden.

Takeaway: So, what is your takeaway on the events that occurred in Ferguson? So, what is your takeaway on the midterm elections? What is your takeaway on this or that?

Nation: A sports suffix, which needs to be dropped.

You can start submitting picks for the 2016 banished words list here.

So, what is your takeaway on the banished words list? Do you find it cra-cra?


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  1. Person says:

    Never have I heard any of these words ever been used, not even online nor in real life , except bae in such an excessive way which I have no problem with.

  2. Ed says:

    That’s it? What about words like ‘baby bump’ to describe a celebrities pregnant belly. It’s such a stupid phrase. Also ‘selfies’, talk about over use and stupid.

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