Have you seen Lake Superior State University’s most recent annual list of banned words? If you haven’t, perhaps you’d best take a look so you’re not sounding like some dated geezer trying to be hip by using or misusing the following gems:
BAE (you do know what this stands for. Right?) *
(Anything) – Nation
I found the addition of polar vortex curious. Didn’t we just start using it? Yet now suddenly we’re supposed to stop. So says LSSU, anyway. I guess the takeaway here is, if you don’t want characters in your book sounding like they’re just sooo 2014, you’d best take heed of this list and not stick those words in their mouths.
This whole banned words list reminds me of an incident that happened when I was a kid, maybe eight or nine years old, when my grandmother was showing me a new bedspread my grandfather had recently bought. I asked her if she liked it and she replied, “Oh yes, it’s so bright and gay.” Yep, a gay bedspread, in the good ol’ fashioned meaning of the word, which of course now is essentially lost. I suspect the word queer will eventually join its friend gay in the annals of words whose original meanings have been cast aside.
But hey, I’m not one to stew. As I set out to write this post I realized that January 6th is the traditional date of the Epiphany, marking the end of Christmas. So OK, we’re officially done with all the merriment, gift giving, and general seasonal indulgence. Or …. are we?
To kick off the new year with a new Lady Smut post, I decided that the culmination of the list of banned/misused words and the fact that we’ve just officially finished up with Christmas can only mean one thing: we need to close out this holiday season with hot men donning gay apparel.
Except … wait! Who am I fooling? This is Lady Smut! We prefer our hot men in no apparel. Or at least, not much apparel. But I’m not gonna make myself cra-cra. Let’s celebrate the word gay and the end of the holidays in a truly gay way! With bright and cheery photos of hot guys – wearing something, or not much, or nothing at all. 🙂
Happy new year, everyone. xoxo
*Before Anyone Else – for those of you who want to curate your collection of banished lingo.