Are there any words that you just hate? Maybe it’s the way they  sound, or how often they’re said, or how everyone always uses them out  of context. My ears start turning red whenever someone describes a  situation with possible unintended consequences as a “slippery slope.”  “Irregardless” is an old pet-peeve. And don’t get me started on music  writers who use “psychedelic” to mean “weird” and “loud.”
That’s why I’m thankful for the faculty at Lake Superior State  University in Michigan, who collectively are one of the few vanguards of  the English language—not culture warriors, but cultured warriors. “37th-annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness,” a list that LSSU cheekily describes as “an amazing list that is bound to generate some blowback.”
Censorship is only fun when it’s well deserved …

Are there any words that you just hate? Maybe it’s the way they sound, or how often they’re said, or how everyone always uses them out of context. My ears start turning red whenever someone describes a situation with possible unintended consequences as a “slippery slope.” “Irregardless” is an old pet-peeve. And don’t get me started on music writers who use “psychedelic” to mean “weird” and “loud.”

That’s why I’m thankful for the faculty at Lake Superior State University in Michigan, who collectively are one of the few vanguards of the English language—not culture warriors, but cultured warriors. “37th-annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness,” a list that LSSU cheekily describes as “an amazing list that is bound to generate some blowback.”

Censorship is only fun when it’s well deserved …

"During my school years, my university implemented a new email filter.  It wasn’t a censor, per se, since you were able to send any message you  wished, regardless of swears or sexy words. However, it rated emails by  how “hot” they were and a racy message incited a pop-up asking  something to the effect of, “Are you sure you want to send this message  as is? Your recipient may find some of the language offensive.” A mild  message earned one chili pepper, a racier message earned two, and a  message with a big gun like the F-word earned three spicy peppers and a  more strongly worded caution against sending. It was a whole lot of fun  to see what words piqued the attention of the censor program, and we  spent hours testing the system with combinations of curses and  scandalous language. Vagina, we were outraged to learn, earned a couple of peppers, but penis didn’t set off any alarms. Occasionally it was mystifying to type an  ordinary message to a friend or colleague only to have the filter  message pop up: “Are you sure you want to send this message as is?”  You’d go back and read your email to find the mysterious naughty phrase  that had set off the alarm, like I cocked my head or the exam was harder than I thought.
"It looks like texters in Pakistan will have a similar hurdle to  jump through while composing their mobile phone messages. The Pakistan  Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has dreamt up 1,500 “obnoxious” words to ban, according to The Guardian. It must have been quite a brainstorming session coming up with all the no-no words: everything from quickie to deposit to love pistol to flogging the dolphin.”
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"During my school years, my university implemented a new email filter. It wasn’t a censor, per se, since you were able to send any message you wished, regardless of swears or sexy words. However, it rated emails by how “hot” they were and a racy message incited a pop-up asking something to the effect of, “Are you sure you want to send this message as is? Your recipient may find some of the language offensive.” A mild message earned one chili pepper, a racier message earned two, and a message with a big gun like the F-word earned three spicy peppers and a more strongly worded caution against sending. It was a whole lot of fun to see what words piqued the attention of the censor program, and we spent hours testing the system with combinations of curses and scandalous language. Vagina, we were outraged to learn, earned a couple of peppers, but penis didn’t set off any alarms. Occasionally it was mystifying to type an ordinary message to a friend or colleague only to have the filter message pop up: “Are you sure you want to send this message as is?” You’d go back and read your email to find the mysterious naughty phrase that had set off the alarm, like I cocked my head or the exam was harder than I thought.

"It looks like texters in Pakistan will have a similar hurdle to jump through while composing their mobile phone messages. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has dreamt up 1,500 “obnoxious” words to ban, according to The Guardian. It must have been quite a brainstorming session coming up with all the no-no words: everything from quickie to deposit to love pistol to flogging the dolphin.”

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ryking:

saveplanetearth:

A Trends map of trending twitter hashtags shows  #OccupyWallStreet tweets surging in nations around the entire world,  except in the United States, while Google Trends shows a corporate media  blackout.
TrendsMap Proves Scary Twitter Censorship Of #OccupyWallStreet From Trending Topics @ Alexander Higgins Blog

Your “liberal” media, ladies and gentlemen. — Ryking

ryking:

saveplanetearth:

A Trends map of trending twitter hashtags shows #OccupyWallStreet tweets surging in nations around the entire world, except in the United States, while Google Trends shows a corporate media blackout.

TrendsMap Proves Scary Twitter Censorship Of #OccupyWallStreet From Trending Topics @ Alexander Higgins Blog

Your “liberal” media, ladies and gentlemen. — Ryking

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“I have had the time of my life,” Ann, a 16-year-old Chinese girl said. She began listening to Dylan on the Internet when she read a children’s book that alluded to him. “It is hypocritical and censorship that the government had to review the songs he’d sing.”

A correspondent of Utne Reader made it to the historic Bob Dylan concert in China and heard the reaction of many audience members. Read more …

How do you illustrate academic censorship? Utne Reader art director Stephanie Glaros takes you from concept to completion.

How do you illustrate academic censorship? Utne Reader art director Stephanie Glaros takes you from concept to completion.

Is It Censorship If the Government Buys a Book and Then Destroys It?

What do you call it when the government buys out the entire first printing of a book–in this case Anthony Shaffer’s Operation Dark Heart—in return for the publisher’s agreement to destroy every one of the copies? Munificent censorship, maybe? A particularly ugly but perfectly legal bit of capitalist monkeyshines?