“Stakeholder,” “problematic,” should be banished from English language, says university’s annual list

January 5, 2016

Lake Superior State University in Michigan has released its 41st annual list of words and phrases that should be banned from the English language. Among the words slated for banishment in 2016 are “stakeholder,” “problematic,” “price point,” and “manspreading.” Contributors to the list often found that certain words were so commonly used that they glossed over gaps in a person’s thinking. The word “problematic,” for example, was viewed as a word that could imply critical thinking without offering anything substantial beyond the mere use of this word. ABC