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Lake State Superior University, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, puts out of an annual list of words and phrases that ought to be banned, taking suggestions from people who write in. It’s always fun to read. The new list, which has just come out, includes:

UNDOCUMENTED ALIEN — “If they haven’t followed the law to get here, they are by definition ‘illegal.’ It’s like saying a drug dealer is an ‘undocumented pharmacist.’” — John Varga, Westfield, New Jersey.

Also: “LSSU accepts nominations for the banished-words list throughout the year. To submit your nomination for the 2008 list, go to”


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