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Alien Nation

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”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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