On Dec. 31, 1975, former Lake Superior State University Public Relations Director Bill Rabe and his colleagues cooked up an idea to banish overused words and phrases. Rabe distributed the list on New Year’s Day. In the following weeks, when nominations for the next year’s list came pouring into his office, Rabe said he knew the list would endure. He was correct. The LSSU PR office still receives thousands of nominations every year from people who never seem to tire of talking about words and language.
And so, without further ado, the 2009 banished word list from LSSU.