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Politics television and social media or once again rich sources for or abuse of the English language during the past year. They're the main contributors to the latest list of words and phrases banished from the Queen's English for misuse overuse news and General uselessness as tricks tells us more the twentieth nineteen banished list is the forty fifth to be issued by Lake Superior State University in Michigan in past years it was overseen by the Public Relations Office but this year became the responsibility of the English department. Mary McMahon is an associate professor of English in creative writing and a member of the banished. Word Committee. I think that the list serves a really interesting role. There are a lot of organizations nationwide that that nominate a word of the year. Like the Miriam Webster Dictionary does one The Association of Linguists does one but they just nominate one word of the year and it sort of like experts nominating that and this list as far as I know it's the only List where the American populous can can actually nominate word. So it's a way for people to be worried watchers themselves and then to keep an eye on the language and the winner she says hands down with the the most nominations is the phrase quid pro quo in Latin. It just means something for something and it actually comes The the first reported rated instance of the phrases actually all the way back in the sixteenth century so It started with apothecary when they would substitute one medication for another her. Sometimes they would intentionally substitute them. But another times they would fraudulently substitute one medication for another and as the years passed It started to be any substitution of one thing for another and then it started to have the negative connotation that we have with the word with the phrase eight now where it sort of means pay for play from the pretentious section of the list. Comes the word artisanal which appears a lot of menus these days trying to make your water salad dressing dressing sandwich. Sound more exciting and from the explosion of Foodie shows incites comes mouth feel. That was the one that surprised me to But but basically it's the word that is used to describe the texture of a food in your mouth but texture isn't good enough. You have to say mouths deal which is which is kind of gross because you know like wh where else are you gonNA put your food or are we gonNA talk about foot feel or hand it then. There's literally the word literally means it's a synonym for actually right. And the way that it has have been changing over the years is to act. Is it actually become its own anthem so instead of meaning actually people are using it for emphasis or or for For figurative so I could say I was so surprised my head literally exploded which would mean that my head actually exploded but people are using it for emphasis meaning that You know my head almost exploded or for figurative so it's very interesting where that it's become. The opposite. McMahon says an important source of words and phrases for the banishment list in recent years has been social media including friend is a verb Google Selfie. Dan ghosting the latest editions. Thanks to social media included chirp Jelly and tote one that was new to me was CHIRP And I talk talk to my students about this one They had said that it was an insult. for that millennial views to talk about somebody who is insulting hoping someone else. So it's a verb. SORTA like tweet is very where you say you know. I tweeted about district. And you're talking about what you're saying on twitter but CHIRP is sort of like talking talking about something but talking about it negatively So I get shirt for being out of touch basically for not knowing that word. Joey knows an abbreviation of the word jealous. While tote is another abbreviation for totally at if there's some use of a word or phrase that really bothers you some new and terrible pretension or let's face it something on social media that older people just don't understand like Superior State University accepts nominations all year round just go to L. S. view dot. Edu Slash vanished. I'm herb tricks. The city of Aurora appointed its first poet laureates. Yvonne Booze tells us more. Catholic Christianson is most comfortable surrounded by books like here. At the Royal Library West Brent. She's written around three thousand poems and has created several collections of her work. She shares these with close friends and family family she flips through one of her many manuscripts. Then she finds a poem to read. We went out to clean the riverbank. Big Black Saks. Heavy gloves. Sturdy boots to clear the bottles and cans and shoes and carts and tires and tanks and beds in cords and bikes and on and on and on. What are we thinking? Are we so rich. That nothing warrants. Our attention the night before before we saw the Dalai Lama smile. That poem is called trash and the Dalai Lama it was written April of two thousand eight. Poulet KRISTA since started writing. When she was fourteen fourteen years old? She started by journey which eventually turned into poetry. She says she was inspired by her English teacher. I brought things into show to my teacher and and he was very encouraging In fact I won a national teachers of English writing contests and now she's the first poet laureate of Aurora Fillet Christmas and says she wasn't going to apply for the position. I was encouraged by some friends to change my mind and so I did and when I saw the application I changed my mind completely. She says the application had meaningful questions and it showed that the staff of the mayor's office had done their research full let Christians than is a retired city worker worker but retirement didn't stop her work within the community in two thousand and thirteen. She Co founded a local poetry group. A town poetics. She credits credits this group. I think the work that town poetics has done in the community in terms of raising awareness about poetry in terms of hosting some curated readings. Meetings and events helped my name rise to the top. There were three other finalists. Those finalists are now deputy laureates. They include Anthony Staffer Vir- Quinton Johnson and from Meena Ponce. She says she plans to work closely with them. But I also hope along with the three other people that are going to be part of our little poetry policy that we can reach out to organizations in the community. She says her mission is to work with the city's young people. I'm hoping that we can encourage urge kids to write to not be afraid of writing to not be intimidated by the notion of poetry Poulet Christus and set poetry is her preferred platform because of his power you're in the poetry section of the Aurora Public Library West Branch. She admires the work of her role models. This looks like all the poor well. Many of the poet laureate so Billy Collins One of my favorites I love him because he writes about every day. Life Collins was the put laureate of the United States between two thousand and one and two thousand thousand three and while he was laureate He created a program called one hundred eighty days of poems. She says she wants incorporate something. Similar Aurora collect. Christopherson will hold the title of laureate through April Twenty twenty one. An official installation ceremony will take place in January at Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary Preschool. This ceremony will include the put laureate as well as the three deputy laureates. I'm Yvonne Booze. A longtime collector of rare sheet music has died. Lee Schreiner donated much of his collection to Northern Illinois University. where it found new life genitally has that story in two thousand fourteen leash Reiner Rockford? I started donating his collection to his Alma Mater Librarians at Northern Illinois University created an online database for the World War One sheet music which is now in the public domain. The main one of the pieces is called the Third Illinois Infantry March played here uh during an interview in twenty seventeen trainer says every piece in his collection has a story yeah. I think it's really interesting to look at small town Malinois. We all know a sheet. Music was published by someone in the small town had something they wanted to say trainer January second. After a long battle with Informa- he was the seventy. I'm Jennifer early to bed. Early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise and all.