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2012 banned words list includes 'amazing,' 'blowback'

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A few weeks ago, we shared with you a list of the terms deemed most annoying in a Marist University study.

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Now, Lake Superior State is out with its annual list of words and terms that should be banned from the English language, and much like Marist, the school is taking aim at some of the most cliched and overused buzzwords.

Leading the 2011 List of Banished Words are terms such as amazing, baby bump, man cave, shared sacrifice, "the new normal" and ginormous, a combination of the words "gigantic" and "enormous" that was actually added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2007.

The entire list of banned words can be found here.

In all, a dozen words or phrases made the 37th annual end-of-the year list. It started as a publicity ploy by the university on New Year's Day 1976, and has since generated tens of thousands of nominations.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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