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Green fatigue

94101121_cd8a5c7cb7 These days, St. Patrick's Day is not the only time we think about green.

Are you tired of being bombarded with the term "green" and its various incarnations, such as "going green", "green-collar jobs", and its use as a verb ("greening")?

Lake Superior State University has released their 34th annual "List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness". At the top of the list: the ubiquitous "green" and all of its variables.

Said one of the nominators, Ed Hardiman of Bristow, VA: "If I see one more corporation declare itself 'green,' I'm going to start burning tires in my backyard."

What do you think? Are you tired of hearing the term? Is it being used so much by corporations that its meaning has become watered down?

For more on the subject, check out this Newsweek article: "I'm so tired of being green". From the New York Times: "The era of green noise".  And from the Ithaca Journal: "Tips on being eco-friendly despite the confusion".

March 17, 2009 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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