It's that time of year again! Time for the words that are banned in 2009 (according to “Lake Superior State University's annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness”): 

"Carbon footprint"
"First dude "
"Wall Street/Main Street"
"<3" (Emoticon for "heart" used in text messages and e-mail.) 
"Icon" or "iconic"
"Desperate search"
"Not so much"
"Winner of five nominations"
"It's that time of year again"

Words that should be banned in 2009:

"LOL" –We need a break from people saying “LOL” in the middle of real conversation instead of actually laughing out loud. 

"Britney Spears" – Do we REALLY have to say her name again in ’09? [bonus: let’s get a head start on 2010 and ban the word “Womanizer” right now] 

"Economy" – Here’s to an “economy”-less New Year! 

"I Could Care Less" – If you could care less, then you obviously care at least a little bit. How about instead saying “I couldN’T care less” during 2009? 

"Tinseltown" – It’s called Hollywood, people. Quit the needless euphemisms. 

"Blockbuster" – (nothing against the video rental store) How is it that every movie is somehow a “blockbuster”?  Does anyone really know what that means anymore? 

"Lil' Wayne" – So maybe he is a chart-topper, but couldn’t he have picked a better name? Having to say “Li’l Wayne” is as bad as saying “Mute Math” or “Five for Fighting” when talking about music. Puh-leeze.

What words do you hate? Add yours in the comments, and we'll compile the ultimate Patrol list of 2009's banned words.

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