“Selfie”, “twerking” and “hashtag” top 2014 Lake Superior State University List of Banished Words.
LSSU collected suggestions from members of the public for its 39th annual list of words that should be banned.
It recommends the words be “banished from the Queen’s English” because of misuse, overuse or just being useless.
Last year it tried to ban expressions including “double down”, “bucket list” and “YOLO” (You Only Live Once).
For LSSU’s 2014 list, “selfie” received the most nominations.
Selfie, twerking and hashtag top 2014 Lake Superior State University List of Banished Words
The term, which refers to a self-portrait photo, was named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries only last month.
“Twerk” (a dance move) similarly attracts LSSU’s opprobrium, even though it was also shortlisted by Oxford Dictionaries.
The college’s vocabulists also lamented the rise of “hashtag” and “Twittersphere”, terms from social media that have seeped into everyday speech.
Combination words using variations of -mageddon or -pocalypse, such as “snowpocalypse” or “budgetmageddon”, also ended up on the forbidden list.
It is not clear whether the LSSU’s roster will be a game-changer (an expression LSSU tried to ban in 2009).
Last year’s banned words remain stubbornly resilient in usage. And many of the terms banned in recent years, recorded on the complete list, such as “angst”, “24/7”, “no-brainer” and “spoiler alert”, continue to flourish.
Miley Cyrus spoke excitedly about her “twerking” video that went viral this week during her interview on KIIS FM’s On Air With Ryan Seacrest on Friday morning.
“I can’t believe how many people think I’m good at twerking – which is dope -like my life goal has been accomplished,” Miley Cyrus told the radio host.
“I thought it was so weird, but I’m glad that everyone understands my humor.”
Miley Cyrus, 20, was referring to a video that she shared of herself on Wednesday dancing to J Dash’s track Wop while wearing a unicorn onesie.
The dance style, known as “twerking, requires a lot of rump shaking and squatting”, something which Miley Cyrus performed with ease.
Miley Cyrus shared a video of herself dancing to J Dash’s track Wop while wearing a unicorn onesie
“You can’t really explain [twerking]” Miley Cyrus said during the interview.
“It’s something that comes naturally…It’s a lot of booty action.”
Miley Cyrus explained how the video – which has received more than 6 million hits – came about.
“I had a photo shoot earlier that day and so I didn’t really want to get dressed, so I wore the unicorn onesie and my friend was like, <<Everyone is gone, we have the backdrop and the lighting>>. So I started dancing and said, <<Here’s my phone will you record it real quick>>,” she said.
However, the star admitted she wasn’t totally unprepared.
“I’ve been practicing probably for the past two years, in my own time in my living room,” the singer said.
Miley Cyrus posted a picture of herself at Ryan Seacrest’s studio in a cheeky squat next to a poster with her trending hashtag: “#MCTWERKTEAM”
She was also there to support Ryan Seacrest at the debut of his new multimedia broadcast center Seacrest Studios.