Bye, bye 'bae': term of endearment is on list of words to ban

Wed Dec 31, 2014 8:21am EST
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By Curtis Skinner

(Reuters) - Sorry bae, this might sound cra-cra but the takeaway from Lake Superior State University's list of a dozen words to ban from the English language is that some want that term of endearment outlawed.

"Bae," "cra-cra" and "takeaway" are all on the school's 40th Annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness, which was released on Wednesday. Young people use "bae" to describe a sweetheart while "cra-cra" is a slang variation of "crazy" and a "takeaway" is an important point that needs to be remembered.

Also on the list of terms that should be banned were "swag," with a variety of definitions including a gift or cool demeanor, "curate," which means chosen, and "foodie."

"'Someone who enjoys food' applies to everyone on Earth," said Andy Poe of Marquette, Michigan, who voted to have "foodie" removed from use. "What's next? 'Oh, I'm an airie; I just love to breathe.'"

The small public university has been publishing its list of bad words since Jan. 1, 1976. It considers nominations submitted from around the world, mostly through the school's website.

The university's word committee sifted through more than 800 entries this year and while the judges may be qualified, don't praise their "skill set" because that's a term that also was voted out.

"Why use two words when one will do? We already have a perfectly good word in 'skills,'" said Chip Lupo of Columbia, South Carolina.

The term "enhanced interrogation" drew scorn from voters after re-entering the national spotlight earlier this month with the release of a U.S. Senate report alleging the CIA's intelligence program under President George W. Bush used tactics that amounted to torture.   Continued...