The Commisariat has been falling behind in its illiberal duties, having failed to ban anything for a month. So hear ye.
1. Lies, Damned Lies and Something Else.
2. “Take”, as in “my take on David Cameron’s cat”. Thank you to petitioner David Mills.
3. “Goes to”, “speaks to”. Nigel Fletcher.
4. “Up close and personal.” Richard Tolbart. As [...]
The Banned List Foundation has been distracted by administrative business – brass plates, that sort of thing – and so has fallen behind in its core business of prohibiting things. Here is the next batch of 10:
“Red line.” Nominated by Patrick Inken. The origin of this phrase is a puzzle. The earliest use in the [...]
Hear ye, hear ye! Further additions to the Banned List, by order of the Lord Chief Justice of Twitter and Imperial Overlord of the Ethical Vacuum.
It is no use. I must scratch that itch: the itch to ban things. It is time to put another 10 logs on the fire; another 10 words or phrases on the Banned List.
“Push back.” Thank you to Adam Wagner for drawing this infection to the attention of the control unit.
“…in a globalised world.” Marek [...]
Look, no one likes having to tell other people not to do things. But the time has come. It is time to add another 10 phrases to the Banned List.
“Framework.” Deprecated by Robert Silvers, editor of the New York Review of Books: “Framework could rightly refer to the supporting structure of a house, or a wooden construction [...]
This is a “serious question”, according to Kirsten Salyer, who asked it on Bloomberg. I get the impression Ollie Money didn’t think so. He’s right. It’s number 953 in my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No. Buy the book of the series here.
“Crowdfund” is also on the Banned List. Although I think [...]
The Committee has convened, and is pleased to approve the following for addition to the Banned List.
“Financial products.” Nominated by Dan Jackson. Or just “product” to refer to any non-tangible output.
“Palpable sense of relief.” Carlos Lozada, editor of Washington Post Outlook section editor.*
“The public square”, when not referring to Tahrir, Tiananmen, Trafalgar (pictured) and so on.
The Committee has exercised commendable legislative restraint for a while, reluctant as it is to cross the Rubicon of statutory underpinning. But Oliver Letwin and Hugh Grant have persuaded it that it can no longer put off banning some more words and phrases. Here, then, are the next 10 additions to the Supplementary Banned List:
I stumbled across this because Tom Doran asked if “I must have missed the memo” was on the Banned List. It wasn’t, but I did write this for a subscription website, Book Brunch, when the book was published in October 2011:
You obviously didn’t get the memo. The one that said the following words and phrases [...]
Many thanks to the good people at 1238 for creating “Buzzsaw“, an online cliché stripper. They have used a selection of words and phrases from my Banned List to build a database of unacceptable buzzwords and jargon.
All you do is copy some text – a news release from a rival public relations company, for example, or [...]
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