Lake Superior State University Releases 2018 Banned Words List

The wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University have again released their list of words and phrases the public has grown tired of. The 44th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use includes “wheelhouse, as in an area of expertise; in the books, as in finished or concluded,” says LSSU’s John Shibley. The list also has on it “wrap my head around, which I was surprised hadn’t been banned before, platform… and this may be a little controversial, collusion.”

Shibley says others on the list are “legally drunk,” “ghosting,” and “optics.” The list dates to a New Year’s Eve party in 1975, and has been comprised from nominations from around the world since 1977. The list has over 1,000 entries and you can find it at