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'Webinar' Banished

The Light Reading copy desk was decimated at the dawn of the New Year by a perfect storm in the wordsmithing world, leading to a recommendation that the word "Webinar" be "Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness."

A Webinar, of course, is "a seminar on the Web about any number of topics." Emotional word watchers voted to place Webinars under the bus, noting:

"Ouch! It hurts my brain. It should be crushed immediately before it spreads."

"Yet another non-word trying to worm its way into the English language due to the Internet. It belongs in the same school of non-thought that brought us e-anything and i-anything."

This apparent post-9/11 surge in anti-Webinar sentiment might be taken seriously were the source not the PR department at Lake Superior State University.

Well, it is what it is.

Be sure to check out the sweet lineup of Light Reading Whatchamacallits for the first month of 2008.

— Michael Harris, Chief Linguist, Cable Digital News

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