Wordsmiths and grammarians have until Nov. 30 to submit their words to Lake Superior State University's annual list of most-hated words and phrases. Photo via Shutterstock
Wordsmiths and grammarians have until Nov. 30 to submit their words to Lake Superior State University's annual list of most-hated words and phrases.

Do you always catch yourself rolling your eyes when people say that one thing? If so, submit it to this annual list of banned words.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.—Is there a word or phrase that really bugs you? A peeve, pique or provocation?

Lake Superior State University is accepting candidates for its 46th annual tongue-in-cheek list of words that should be banished.

“It’s our tradition to publish the world-famous banished words list on Dec. 31 so that people don’t begin the new year by putting their foot in their mouth,” LSSU President Rodney Hanley said. “No-brainer — which also made our list in the past.”

The deadline to submit online entries is 8 a.m. EST on Nov. 30. 

More than a dozen words or phrases were added last year, including “artisanal,” “influencer,” “living my best life” and “chirp.”

There are more than 1,000 banned words or phrases in the Lake Superior State archive. The late W.T. Rabe, who was public relations director, and faculty came up with the first list at a New Year’s Eve party in 1975.

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