Banned Emoticon Gets No <3

By Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

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Lake Superior State University has issued its 34th annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. Nominations for the list come from the general public, through the university’s website. The targets are generally “pet peeves from everyday speech, as well as from the news, education, technology, advertising, politics, sports and more.”

This year’s list was obviously influenced by the media saturation of the election, including words like “maverick,” “bailout,” and “carbon footprint.”

However, this year there’s actually an emoticon on the list: <3. What, no texting/instant messaging love? One of the nominators suggested, “Just say the word instead of making me turn my head sideways and wondering what ‘less than three’ means.”

I don’t care what the list says; I still less than three emoticons.

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10 Responses to Banned Emoticon Gets No <3

  1. Things that tick me off related to the English language (or its misuse)
    #1. Will somebody PLEASE teach politicians how to pronounce the word “NUCLEAR”it is properly pronounced ‘new-KLEE-ar’ NOT ‘nuk-YOU-LER’
    I know that,and I am only a high school and school-of-hard-knocks educated truck driver. It makes me cringe to think that we the people are actually electing people who cannot even pronounce the word to make decisions about how, or whether to use nuclear power.

    • If you do not like nookyoular, consider adding my pet peeve, the chipolte pepper. I assume is is to a chipotle pepper what a nookyoular something is to a nuclear something.

  2. Things that tick me off related to the English language (or its misuse)

    #1. Will somebody PLEASE teach politicians how to pronounce the word "NUCLEAR"it is properly pronounced 'new-KLEE-ar' NOT 'nuk-YOU-LER'

    I know that,and I am only a high school and school-of-hard-knocks educated truck driver. It makes me cringe to think that we the people are actually electing people who cannot even pronounce the word to make decisions about how, or whether to use nuclear power.

    • If you do not like nookyoular, consider adding my pet peeve, the chipolte pepper. I assume is is to a chipotle pepper what a nookyoular something is to a nuclear something.