Mairi Beautyman over at Tree Hugger had a great point, something to think about in 2008. She noted that you better think twice before tossing ‘organic’ into a sentence. The word is one of 19 words or phrases on Lake Superior State University’s annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.
“[‘Organic’ is] overused and misused to describe not only food, but computer products or human behavior, and often used when describing something as ‘natural,’ says a quote on the university’s Web site (attributed to Crystal Giordano of Brooklyn, New York).
After seeing it refer to bottled water and pancake batter in a spray can, we’re going to have to agree.
Other words and phrases on the list: Perfect storm; waterboarding; wordsmith; back in the day; and sweet. via ::Yahoo News Also see ::USDA Waters Down Organic Standards
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