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‘Millennium’ on Banished Words List

January 1, 2000

DETROIT (AP) _ Please, no more millennium.

The term that seems to be on everyone’s lips also is on the annual New Year’s list of misused, overused and generally useless words and phrases compiled by Lake Superior State University.

The 3,400-student school compiles the list of words to be exiled from submissions sent in from academia, advertising, business, journalism, the military, politics and sports.

The school has been doing the list since 1976, when it was born during a New Year’s Eve party.

``It’s unbelievable. Every year I think it will lose its popularity, and every year I’m wrong,″ said university spokesman Tom Pink. ``Some people watch for things all year.″

He said the school gets hundreds of contributions each year _ they never keep a record _ and the list compilers look for humor and good reasons for banishment.

``We hear the familiar `I’m sick of this,‴ Pink said. ``We like to look for reasons that are humorous and witty.″

Millennium was right up at the top of the latest list.

``If I wanted to be really grumpy I could point out that the millennium is not a moment which occurs at the end of the year, but (is) a full thousand years,″ said a submission from Elaine Gosling of London.

The acronym Y2K didn’t make it _ but only because it already made the list last year.

``It’s all good″ isn’t so great, says Zachariah Love of Hollywood, Calif. ``If I hear my employees use it, they will be fired.″

Love isn’t the first employer to take such a stand on language. Pink said a judge in Arizona once posted the university’s annual list on his office bulletin board, and said everyone was forbidden to use the words and phrases on it.

The list follows trends, with upcoming elections spawning a slew of nominations. This year, compilers cited ``at risk,″ ``for the children,″ and ``wake-up call″ among the political phrases to be eradicated.

In the language of sports, Ron Elliot of Leamington, Ontario, asked that ``came to play″ be eliminated. ```The Wings came to play.′ What else would they be doing?″ he asked.

Among the other citations for banishment:

_″Know what I’m sayin?″ _ ``It’s likely I don’t,″ said Len Nelson of Green Bay, Wis.

_″Thinking outside the box.″ _ ``Another overused phrase that unimaginative people use when they want to sound creative,″ said Kevin Dunseath of Calgary, Alberta.

_″E″-anything, as in ``e-trade.″ _ ``E-nough is e-nough,″ said Emma Sams of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

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