Hush your mouth, eco-child: That green buzzword you were about to utter is probably on Lake Superior State University’s annual list of banned words. “Green” itself topped the list, with it or “going green” garnering the most nominations. True that. Please, no more press releases titled “Midwives/Fighter Jets/Port-o-Potties Go Green!”

“Carbon footprint” also made the 34th annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. And as for “staycation,” Dan Muldoon of Omaha, Nebraska, commented with his nomination, “Let’s send this word on a slow boat to nowhere.”

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