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Lake Superior State University has released the list of words that respondents to its annual survey are intent to see “banished.” Receiving the largest amount of reader complaints this year? “Amazing,” which one commenter is correct in identifying as a contemporary relative of the 90s staple “awesome”—a hyperbole whose meaning has been vacated by repetition. Said another: “Every talk show uses this word at least two times every five minutes. Hair is not ‘amazing.’ Shoes are not ‘amazing.’” Runners-up include “shared sacrifice,” “occupy,” “blowback.” It’s really been that kind of year, hasn’t it? The shared sacrifice demanded by the Occupy movement has provoked a certain amount of cultural blowback. (Sorry.) Also, “baby bump.”