'Banished' words: Refudiate, viral

Jan. 1, 2011 at 3:30 AM
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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A Michigan college's annual "List of Words Banished" from the language include the Sarah Palin-coined "refudiate" and online terms "viral," "epic" and "fail."

Lake Superior State University's 36th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness for 2010, which was compiled from more than 1,000 online submissions, also includes "Google" and "Facebook" used as verbs.

The college said it received a flood of nominations for "refudiate," a word popularized by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on her Twitter feed.

"Adding this word to the English language simply because a part-time politician lacks a spell checker on her cell phone is an action that needs to be repudiated," said nominator Dale Humphreys of Muskegon, Mich.

Another Palin favorite, "mama grizzlies," also made the list, alongside "man up," "the American people," "I'm just sayin'," and "live life to the fullest."

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