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Enough Is Enough

For the American Dialect Society, bailout is the word of the year.  The same word makes Lake Superior State University's 2009 List of Banished Words, however.  The full title of the banished-words list is "List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness."  CTV (Canada's largest private broadcaster) and the Halifax (Canada) Chronicle Herald sound a robust north-of-the-border Enough! when it comes to bailout, a mighty step forward for North American cultural unity.

Other 2009 banished business words or terms are Wall Street/Main Street (Lake  Superior State and CTV), game changer (Lake Superior State), stimulus package (Chronicle Herald). and tough economic times (CTV).

If you want to design a presentation that is fresh and interesting instead of tired and humdrum, Lynn Thompson's extensive list of overused words and phrases is a must-see.  It will help you avoid the buzzwords from yesteryear's management fads.

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