"Baby Bump" Makes 2012 List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness

Beyonce shows off her growing uterus at the VMAs.

“Baby bump” is OUT. Not the condition, but the phrase. Michigan’s Lake Superior State University has just published it’s annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. Nominations  were submitted from all over the world, and, along with “amazing” and “the new normal,” “baby bump” is now, officially, over. (Can we drop “bump watch” while we’re at it?)

I’m all for the change, but somehow I doubt “baby bump” will go out of circulation: Imagine a People magazine cover story referring to Beyonce’s “uterus” or “womb.”

Here’s the full list:


-Baby Bump



-Man Cave

-The New Normal


-Thank You In Advance

-Shared Sacrifice


-Pet Parent

-Win The Future


According to the Huffington Post, “‘Amazing’ received more than 1,500 nominations, the most of any on this year’s list. Disdain for the superlative was apparently universal among English speakers, garnering disparaging dispatches from across the United States and even the United Kingdom and Israel.” Apparently, Martha Stewart is a number one offender.


I’d like to thank you in advance for ceasing all use of the phrase baby bump. Even if you think pregnancy is amazing, finding another way to describe your big, round uterus has just become the new normal.

Any 2011 phrases you’d like to see put to rest?

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