Fiscal cliff, guru and spoiler alert are words that should be removed from the vocabulary in 2013, according to US academics. Michigan's Lake Superior State University (LSSU) has released its '38th Annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness'.
The full list includes 12 words, phrases and acronyms including: Kick the can down the road, double down, job creator/creation, passion/passionate, bucket list, trending, super food, boneless wings and guru - with people providing explanations for using them just so irksome that they just need to be thrown out.
The top entry 'fiscal cliff' is a phrase that has dominated the political discourse in the USA as Republicans and Democrats negotiate in the hope of avoiding a financial disaster.
YOLO, which stands for You Only Live Once, is an acronym frequently seen on Twitter. The term got a whipping earlier this year from The Washington Post, which called it 'the newest acronym you'll love to hate'.