Here & Now Here & Now

Support the news

'Manspreading' Makes List Of Words Banished For 'General Uselessness'04:46

Play
WNYC employees demonstrate "manspreading," which refers to how men often take up too much space on public transportation. (Richard Yeh/WNYC)closemore
WNYC employees demonstrate "manspreading," which refers to how men often take up too much space on public transportation. (Richard Yeh/WNYC)

"So," "manspreading," and "giving me life" made this years' "Annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness," released today by list compilers at Lake Superior State University in Michigan.

Here & Now's Robin Young talks to John Shibley, who works in the school's public relations department and teaches communications.

Guest

  • John Shibley, works in public relations and teaches communications at Lake Superior State University in Michigan.
+Join the discussion
Share

Support the news

Next Up

Where to now?

More Here & Now or Explore Audio.