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List: Ban 'problematic,' 'walk it back,' 'secret sauce'

Victor Korniyenko via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY 3.0

So a university has decided, without holding a presser, about a dozen words and phrases are problematic and should be banned.

And there are no plans to walk it back even if the announcement breaks the Internet.

Still, everyone can be a stakeholder and join the conversation.

Northern Michigan's Lake Superior State University on Thursday released its 41st annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.

The tongue-in-cheek wish-list comes from suggestions submitted to the Sault Ste. Marie school.

The list includes starting an answer with the word "So," using "presser" instead of press conference, "problematic," "walk it back" and "break the Internet."

Others are "stakeholder," "join the conversation," "physicality," "price point," "secret sauce" and "manspreading."

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