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'Selfie,' 'twerk' top school's annoying word list

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(AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, Invision). 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. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, Invision). 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.
(AP Photo/Charles Sykes, Invision, File). File - In this Aug. 25, 2013 file photo, Miley Cyrus performs a move known as "twerking" at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, Invision, File). File - In this Aug. 25, 2013 file photo, Miley Cyrus performs a move known as "twerking" at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in New York.

By ED WHITE
Associated Press

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.

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