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'Manspreading' Makes List Of Words Banished For 'General Uselessness'

“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.

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The phrase 'manspreading' refers to how men often take up too much space on public transportation. (Wikimedia Commons)
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The phrase 'manspreading' refers to how men often take up too much space on public transportation. (Wikimedia Commons)