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Wayne State: It’s ‘couth’ to use neglected, expressive words


DETROIT (AP) — In the wake of words deemed annoying or worthy of banishment, A Detroit university has offered up a batch it wants back in the linguistic limelight.

Wayne State University on Tuesday released its annual Word Warriors list. It includes “insuperable,” meaning impossible to overcome, and “nugatory,” of no value or importance. Among other “neglected” words it wants to revive are “couth,” which means cultured, refined and well-mannered, and “frangible,” referring to something that’s fragile.

Northern Michigan’s Lake Superior State University on Sunday released its 43rd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. Its top vote-getter was “fake news,” which was recently found to be the second most annoying word or phrase used by Americans in an annual Marist College poll, behind “whatever.”

 

Michigan community to hold meeting on calls to remove cross
 

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials in western Michigan will hold a meeting this month to get public feedback on calls for the removal of a large cross that’s stood along Lake Michigan for decades.

The Michigan Association of Civil Rights and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation say the Father Marquette cross, which is maintained with public funding, is unconstitutional.

The Ludington Daily News reports the Pere Marquette Township Board will hold the special meeting Jan. 23 in Ludington.

The two groups say the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits Pere Marquette Township from displaying and maintaining such religious symbols. Others contend the legal issues aren’t that clear cut.

Marquette was among the first Europeans to explore the area in the 1600s. The cross was built in 1955 on the spot where he supposedly died.

 

‘Marketing You and Your Law Firm in the 21st Century’ seminar
 

The Law Practice Management Section of the State Bar of Michigan presents “Marketing You and Your Law Firm in the 21st Century” from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 at Bassett Law, 2046 Hogback in Ann Arbor.

Attendees will learn e-marketing strategies used by the 21st century lawyer; learn to write like a marketer and not a lawyer; review the marketing ethics rules; discuss traditional and electronic marketing; and learn about the benefits of Zeekbeek.

Speaking at the seminar will be Rebecca Simkins Nowak, Kathryn Ossian, John Reed, and Vince Romano?.

Register online at http://www.michbar.org/.

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