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'Baby bump' put on the banned list

Published 30/12/2011 | 05:37

Michigan's Lake Superior State University wants to ban the phrases 'man cave' and 'the new normal'
Michigan's Lake Superior State University wants to ban the phrases 'man cave' and 'the new normal'

"Baby bump" is among the terms put on the banned list by a US university in its annual attempt to improve the English language.

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Other expressions deemed beyond the pale linguistically are "shared sacrifice" and "win the future".

Michigan's Lake Superior State University is featuring those phrases in its latest List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.

The 2011 list was compiled by the university from nominations submitted from across the globe.

The syntactical Scrooges also want to cast out "occupy", "amazing", "man cave" and "the new normal".

In all, a dozen words or phrases made the 37th annual end-of-the year list.

The list started as a publicity ploy by the university on New Year's Day 1976, and has since generated tens of thousands of nominations.

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