Can I buy a vowel?

DETROIT — While Congress kicks the can down the road and inching closer to the fiscal cliff, the wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University have doubled-down on a passion for language with the release of the 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.

State Of The Union transcript

At the podiumMr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:

Tonight I want to begin by congratulating the men and women of the 112th Congress, as well as your new Speaker, John Boehner (Applause.) And as we mark this occasion, we’re also mindful of the empty chair in this chamber, and we pray for the health of our colleague -- and our friend -– Gabby Giffords (Applause.)