Fiscal cliff was the ‘word’ that received the most nominations for banishment from the English language in Lake Superior State University’s annual list of ‘Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness’ (see this Guardian article, and the university’s own page here).
Other words and phrases appearing on the 2013 list include: kick the can down the road, double down, job creators/ creation, bucket list, superfood, and trending.
Long-existing words such as passion, passionate and guru are on the list too. They are considered annoying by many people because of the way people are using them these days.
The word banishment list was started by the public relations director at Lake Superior State University in 1977 as a way of gaining publicity for the institution. The very first list back then included the words meaningful, input, scenario, detente and dialogue.
See some of this year’s contenders on the university’s website here.