banished words of 2012, swag, sustainable, random, nightmare, trollLast week, we discussed the suggested list of Banished Words for 2012, a list of words developed by a former journalist at Lake Superior State University in Michigan of words that were misused, overused, and abused in 2011 that should not be used in 2012.

This list is designed to capture an ort of our collective unconscious: the words that have become so a part of our temporary lexicon that we – newscasters, television writers, sports announcers, bloggers – cannot help but use them. Many of our fans did not like the idea of censoring any word use or diction, but of course we’re not talking about removing words or actually censoring select words. (Read of discussion of when words are removed from the dictionary here.)

Many of you also understood where the impetus of the list was coming from and suggested words to add. The most popular addition by far was the word “epic.” As Preston pointed out, the word “epic” originally referred to epic poems, from the Greek word epikos meaning “word or story.” Epic was on the banished word list for last year 2011, but the word obviously wasn’t banished well enough as frustration with it continues.

Many other proposed additions have been banished in past years, including: like (1997), LOL (2004), random (2008), brand (2004) and not so much (2009). One word “basically” has appeared on lists three separate years in 1984, 1986, and 1993.

Some of our favorite suggestions for additions are:
Ask (as a noun)
Not gonna lie
At this point in time
That’s what she said
Channel your inner _______
I know, right?
Trend (verb)
All options are on the table
Bucket list
No worries
No problem

What others would you include? And what less-used words would you suggest that people replace the banished terms with? Let us know.

Analysis refutes hepatitis B vaccine, RA link.(Infectious Diseases)(rheumatoid arthritis)

Family Practice News July 1, 2007 | Tucker, Miriam E.

BALTIMORE — The hepatitis B vaccine does not appear to be associated with an increased risk for rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Roger P. Baxter and his associates reported at a vaccine research conference sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Both acute and chronic arthropathies have been reported in adults vaccinated with the tetanus-diphtheria (Td), hepatitis B (HepB), and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccines. However, most of the evidence to support or refute a causal relationship between the Td or HepB vaccine and chronic arthritis has come from isolated case reports, uncontrolled observational studies, or studies that lacked sufficient statistical power, said Dr. Baxter, associate director of the Vaccine Study Center at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif., and his associates.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A case-control analysis designed to overcome the shortcomings of the previous studies included a cohort of continuous enrollees in Northern California Kaiser Permanente’s health plan from Jan. 1, 1995, through Dec. 31, 1999, who were aged 15-59 years during Jan. 1, 1997-Dec. 31, 1999. Individuals who had made clinic visits for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other inflammatory conditions prior to their follow-up start date were excluded. see here hepatitis b vaccine

A total of 416 incident cases of RA were identified (based on definitive diagnosis at the time or subsequent assessment by a rheumatologist), and each was matched with three controls based on age and the number of clinic visits made during the year prior to the onset date. Rates of hepatitis B vaccination among the RA patients were compared with those of controls, with adjustment for sex, age, and exact number of clinic visits. Similar comparisons were made for the tetanus and influenza vaccines.

No statistically significant risk of RA was found for any of the three vaccines. Only 1% of RA patients versus 0.6% of controls had been exposed to the hepatitis B vaccine within 1-90 days of onset of RA symptoms; for an adjusted odds ratio of 1.48.

Within 1-180 days, the percentages were 1.9% with RA versus 0.9% of controls, giving a still insignificant odds ratio of 2.01. Within I year, 2.4% of RA cases and 1.6% of controls had been exposed to the vaccine, again insignificant at 1.42.

In all, only 10 of the 416 RA patients had received the HepB vaccine within 1 year of symptom onset, suggesting that “If there is an association, these data would imply that hepatitis B vaccine would only contribute to a small minority of cases,” Dr. Baxter and his associates said in their poster.

Results for the other two vaccines were also not significant, with adjusted odds ratios of 0.77-1.06 for tetanus and 0.66-1.11 for influenza.

Health care utilization was higher among those with RA, which was a slight confounder in this study despite the attempt to control for number of visits: Even after adjustment, there was still a significant residual effect for number of visits, with an odds ratio of 1.15. this web site hepatitis b vaccine

“Basically, people who get vaccines of all kinds are different from those who don’t, and underlying differences may confound the relationship with things like RA. We try to control for these factors by matching and analyses, but still we think there are differences…. People who have RA are more likely to be higher utilizers and also more likely to have gotten vaccines than people who don’t utilize the system as much,” Dr. Baxter said in a follow-up interview.

However, he added, although the difference in utilization was statistically significant, it probably wasn’t that different clinically. “We thought initially this was an important confounder. But in the end we found that although they were different, in reality we could adjust for the vast majority of the difference.” BY MIRIAM E. TUCKER Senior Writer Tucker, Miriam E.


  1. Clash Of Clans Triche Gemmes -  February 9, 2014 - 11:44 pm

    There are Celtic sources that have a lot of the same elements as parts of the Arthur story today.

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  2. Michael -  May 5, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    The American people are the worst destroyers of the proper use of the English language .So many improper venaculars spoken in this country.

  3. Mike -  January 31, 2013 - 11:38 am

    The Number One overused word in the world is the word, “Basicially”. I cannot stand hearing it over and over and over everyday.You know, you know what i mean, you know.People here do not know the proper English language very well.
    It is like ending the sentence with a preposition.( I.E. “where are you AT? instead of “where are you?) I was an English Major in school.

  4. danny -  December 31, 2012 - 8:45 am

    “We have to leave it there,” as in CNN, lazy journalism.

  5. Donald Jackson -  December 17, 2012 - 9:52 am

    “Fiscal Cliff” and “Horrific”.

  6. Azle Beckner -  December 16, 2012 - 12:57 pm

    “Zen” is being misused frequently. It originates in Japan from the Chinese for meditation,”Chan” a school of Buddism. It is used by everyone to mean limitless.

  7. GRANT -  November 14, 2012 - 7:04 am

    pet word peeves / phrases:
    I “NEED” you to do this~~~ (should be I WANT or WOULD LIKE, etc.)
    Nu~CU~lar instead of NU~CLE~AR.
    RE~LA~TOR instead of RE~AL~TOR
    Back in “the day”~~WHAT day??
    “MY BAD”??? What the hell does that mean?? My bad knee? Memory? “My error” or My mistake don’t sound so IGNORANT!!
    Such~and~such SUCKS!!?? Only if it has lips or a vacuum tube attached~~
    Saints preserve our English language from going straight to hell courtesy of ignoramus infestations and TEXTLISH!!!

  8. EA Robinson -  October 31, 2012 - 3:23 am

    Ban “basically”.

    The current office mate uses the word at least 43 times a day.
    We count now… making hash marks on our cell walls, I mean our cubbies walls. Please ban it. Make it illegal to use. Please.

  9. mary bullard -  September 21, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    the words that should be banished are Awesome,not everything is awesome, and the word issues used instead of the word problem or concern

  10. JimboNJ -  August 28, 2012 - 9:54 am

    Temblor. Blaze. Bruin. Three of THE most annoying words used by the news media, especially the print media. Who talks like that?

  11. Paintbox -  July 16, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    YOLO, that means ‘you only live once’… Seems to be used very often now a days.

  12. ira -  June 13, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    Haha I’m really amused by the fact that “like” was banished in my birth year… It ended up being a word that I use and abuse so often that even I am getting annoyed by myself.

  13. erk -  June 8, 2012 - 2:47 pm


  14. Stella -  May 30, 2012 - 2:54 am

    Keep the word troll!

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