Every year Lake Superior State University unveils its list of words and phrases that should be banished forever.
Since 1976, LSSU has been compiling this list based on nominations it receives. This year's unlucky words and phrases include "green" or "going green", "maverick", "from Wall Street to Main Street", "game-changing" and "monkey".
The term "first dude" as coined by almost VP Sarah Palin's husband, Todd Palin was also on the list as was the first emoticon to get the boot; the heart which apparently is made using the less than symbol and the #3.
I'd like to offer some of my own: How about "Joe the plumber", "I personally", "with all due respect", "at the end of the day", "it's not rocket science", "going forward", "not so much", "be that as it may", using the word "so" as an adverb as in, "I'm so going to the concert tonight" and my absolute least favorite is using the word "not" to contradict something that was just said. An example of this would be, "I'm so enjoying my time in the car with you...NOT!"
Feel free to send me the words or phrases from 2008 that you never want to hear again.