Detroit (AP) – Sorry, Latin teachers: Quid Pro Quo has to go.
The centuries-old Latin phrase for exchange of services cites the 45th annual “List of words expelled from the Queen’s English for abuse, overuse and general futility” by the University of Michigan.
Quid pro quo received a new life during the impeachment of President Donald Trump. He repeatedly stated that there was no “quid pro quo” with Ukraine regarding US military assistance to this country and the investigation into the case of the son of former vice president Joe Biden.
“At the time of creating this carefully selected list of words, not a single service was offered,” said Rodney Hanley, president of Lake Superior University in Sault Ste. Marie
Each year, the school invites the public to put forward words and phrases that seem tired or annoying due to everyday speech, news coverage, and more. The last list includes more than a dozen, including “artisanal”, “influential”, “live your best life” and “twitter”.
There is jelly, short for jealous, and sweepstakes, which means full agreement. And during the Baby Boomer revolt, it’s obviously time to scratch “Good Boomer.”
“Boomers can remember, however, that generational tension is always present,” say university words. “In fact, it was the boomers who gave us the statement:“ Do not trust anyone over 30! “
Finally, the list includes “vibration test,” “mouthfeel,” “I mean,” “literally,” and “curation.”
Now in the archive of Lake Superior there are more than a thousand forbidden words or phrases. The late V.T. Rabe, who was the director of public relations and a teacher, made the first list for New Year’s Eve in 1975.
“Since then, the list has consisted entirely of nominations received from around the world during the year,” the school said.
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