The (Official) End of ‘Staycation’?

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  12.31.08 | 11:07 AM ET

On a warm Southern California afternoon near the end of the summer travel season, I bade farewell to the word “staycation.” It wasn’t a fond farewell, and I’m happy to report that others followed suit.

Now, at year’s end, comes a last bit of good news on the topic. Lake Superior State University just released its annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. From 5,000 nominated words, the university chose 15 for banishment, including “staycation.”

Thank you, Lake Superior State.

Though she may take some time off at home, the queen would never take a staycation. Neither should the rest of us.

Call it a New Year’s resolution.


5 Comments for The (Official) End of ‘Staycation’?

Donna M. Airoldi 12.31.08 | 12:45 PM ET

Amen. Although after seeing the even more dreadful ‘naycation’ hit the wires yesterday, I’m in favor of the ‘yaycation’, as in “YayŚwe’re going on a vacation! Somewhere! Anywhere!”

Terry Ward 12.31.08 | 1:41 PM ET

here’s to that, Jim!

Jim Benning 12.31.08 | 7:14 PM ET

I like that better, too, Donna. Definitely a big nay to “naycation.”

Ling 01.01.09 | 9:39 AM ET

Prince Charles must be delighted. He’s already gone nuts over the Queen’s long stay. It’ll be a big relief for him when she goes on vacations, so he can pretend he’s the boss.

Enduring Wanderlust 01.02.09 | 1:29 PM ET

I hope it’s the end. Talk about a terribel idea. Let’s hope 2009 ups passport applications…in fact, I’d love to see legislation in the U.S. that would issue passports automatically with driver’s licenses.

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