Monday, January 2, 2006

The removal of "surreal" from waking life

It begins with the misuse and then, finally, the elimination of the word . . .

The curmudgeons at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, warmed their cold hearts again for 2006 with their 30th annual list of words, phrases and acronyms deserving banishment from everyday usage.

"Surreal" led the new year's list of clichs(sic) culled from the poisoned e-mails of fed-up contributors. The all-purpose adjective belongs to dreams, not spilling from the lips of talking TV heads, complained list contributor Tracy of Murray, Kentucky.

A purging of the university's art collection is to follow.

London surrealists beware, we will hunt you down as well.

This painting "House", recently shown at the London Fringe Festival, is an example of degenerate art