Don’t Say ‘Baby Bump’: Phrase is Banished!

Lake Superior State University’s annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness” is out, and featured prominently on the 2012 list is “baby bump.”

The 37th annual list is based on online nominations from the public. Other words considered tired or annoying this year include:  “amazing,” “occupy,” “blowback,” “man cave,” “ginormous” and “the new normal.”

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“Baby bump” received the second most nominations behind “amazing.” Comments about it included, “I am so sick of that phrase! It makes pregnancy sound like some fun and in-style thing to do, not a serious choice made by (at the very least) the woman carrying the child” and “Why can’t we just use the old tried-and-true ‘pregnant?’ I never heard anyone complain about that description.”

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