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‘Fiscal cliff ’ tops school’s annual wish list of words to ban

DETROIT — Spoiler alert: This story contains words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language. ‘‘Spoiler alert’’ is among them. So are ‘‘kick the can down the road,’’ ‘’trending’’ and ‘‘bucket list.’’

A dirty dozen have landed on the 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The nonbinding, tongue-in-cheek decree released Monday by northern Michigan’s Lake Superior State University is based on nominations submitted from the United States, Canada, and beyond.

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