The folks at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan have released their annual list of banished words from the year that was. The school has made a tradition of creating a list of tired words, with this being the 40th such list from LSSU.

So here they are, the words that should go away that were way too overused in 2014:

  • Bae
  • Polar Vortex
  • Hack
  • Skill Set
  • Swag
  • Foodie
  • Curate(d)
  • Friend-raising
  • Cra-cra
  • Enhanced interrogation
  • Takeaway
  • -Nation (as a sports suffix, i.e. Badger Nation)

LSSU defines the terms and offers further thoughts on why they are being "banned" on their website.