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Words and Phrases to Banish From Daily Use


Want to be a more effective communicator? Refrain from using these “Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness” as compiled by Lake Superior State University. Keep in mind the context and not just the words themselves.

break the internet

conversation – when used instead of argument

giving me life



presser – instead of press conference

price point – “price” works fine


secret sauce

so – don’t start a sentence with it

stakeholder – not everyone is a stakeholder


walk it back

If you’d like to suggest a word to banish, LSSU welcomes online submissions.

Glenn Gillen, APR, S&A Communications

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