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YARBROUGH: Outback Bowl proves that some phrases never go out of style

Dick Yarbrough

Dick Yarbrough

The folks at Lake Superior State University in Michigan have just released their recommendation for words and phrases that should be erased from our vocabulary in its annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.

Why Lake Superior State? And why the list? Well, for one thing, they don't have a football team which gives them a lot of time to think about stuff like this. I wish Lake Superior State did have a football team and maybe Georgia could have played them in the Outback Bowl instead of that other school from Michigan, which doesn't have a list of overused words, but does have a very good quarterback.

I think also because it snows in Michigan a lot, people get very bored and to keep their brains from freezing they get together and try to think up clever things, like buzz words they think have outlived their usefulness. Trivial, perhaps, but at least it beats ice fishing.

Even though it doesn't snow much in Georgia, I think our football team's brains froze in the Outback Bowl. We kept running the ball into the middle of Michigan State's line even though we have a great passer and no running attack. Our runners kept getting stuffed like a deviled egg and still we kept running up the middle. At that point, instead of having an interest in doing away with words and phrases, I was inventing them, such as: "Throw the@bellsouth.net or P.O. Box 725373, Atlanta, Georgia 31139.