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'Selfie' and 'twerk' top Michigan school's list of annoying words

File- In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, singer Justin Bieber takes a "selfie" with a fan at the premiere of the feature film "Justin Bieber's Believe" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The word selfie is on a list of among those words selected for elimination in Michigan's Lake Superior State University's 39th annual batch of words to banish due to overuse, overreliance and overall fatigue. Others include "twerking," "Mr. Mom" and "on steroids." (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, Invision)
December 30, 2013 - 9:58 PM

DETROIT - A Michigan university has issued its annual list of annoying words, and those flexible enough to take selfies of themselves twerking should take note.

Since 1975, Lake Superior State University has announced a batch of words to banish due to overuse and other faults.

Spokesman Tom Pink says there were more than 2,000 nominations this year.

"Selfie" led the way. It means snapping a self-photo, usually with a smartphone.

"Twerk" or "twerking," a sexually provocative way of dancing, found a dominant place due to Miley Cyrus' MTV Video Music Awards performance.

And Lake Superior State says enough already with "Mr. Mom," a reference to dads who take care of kids.

Pat Byrnes of Chicago says the title is an insult to millions of men who are primary caregivers at home.

Here's the list of banished words:

— Selfie

— Twerk/twerking

— Hashtag

— Twittersphere

— Mr. Mom

— T-Bone

— On steroids

— -ageddon

— -pocalypse

— Intellectually/morally bankrupt

— Obamacare

— Adversity (as a sports reference)

— Fan base

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