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KANSAS CITY: If you recently tweeted about how you were chillaxin for the holiday, take note: Fifteen particularly over- or mis-used words and phrases have been declared shovel-ready to be unfriended by a US universitys annual list of terms that deserve to be banned. Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis Jersey . After thousands of nominations of words and phrases commonly used in marketing, media, technology and elsewhere, wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University yesterday issued their 35th annual list of words that they believe should be banned. Tops on the Michigan universitys list of useless phrases was shovel-ready. The term refers to infrastructure projects that are ready to break ground and was popularly used to describe road, bridge and other construction projects fueled by stimulus funds from the Obama administration. And speaking of stimulus, that word - which was applied to government spending aimed at boosting the economy - made the over-used category as well, along with an odd assortment of Obama-related constructions such as Obamacare and Obamanomics. We say Obamanough already, the LSSU committee said. Also ripe for exile is sexting, shorthand for sexy text messaging, a habit that has caused trouble this year for public figures from politicians to star athletes. Similarly, list makers showed distaste for tweeting, retweeting and tweetaholics, lingo made popular by users of the popular Twitter networking website. And dont even get them started on the use of friend as a verb, as in He made me mad so I unfriended him on Facebook, an Internet social site. Male acquaintenances need to find another word than bromance for their friendships, and the combination of chillin and relaxin into chillaxin was an easy pick for banishment. Also making the list was teachable moment. This phrase is used to describe everything from potty-training to politics. Its time to vote it out! said one list contributor. Toxic assets, referring to financial instruments that have plunged in value, sickened list makers so much the phrase was added to the list, along with the tiresome and poorly defined too big to fail which has often been invoked to describe wobbly US banks. Similarly, in these economic times was deemed overdue for banishment due. Also making the list - transparenttransparency - typically used, contributors said, when the situation is anything but transparent. One list contributor wanted to know if there was an app, short-hand for application popularized by the mobile iPhones growing array of software tools, for making that annoying word go away. And rounding out the list - czar as in car czar, drug czar, housing czar or banished word czar. Purging our language of toxic assets is a stimulus effort thats too big to fail, said a university spokesman. 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It was enough, though, to earn him his sixth straight winning decision. Probably the worst 101 pitches Ive thrown in my life, Myers said. It was bad today. I stunk. Im the first one to admit it. I know everybody else could see it, but it wasnt pretty for me. Garrett Jones drove in four runs while Pedro Alvarez had two RBI for the Pirates, who reached the 100-loss plateau for the first time since 2001. James McDoanld went four innings in the start and was charged with three runs on five hits. Chris Leroux (0-1) suffered the first loss of his career as he gave up three runs on three hits while recording just one out in the sixth. You cant sugarcoat the record, Pirates manager John Russell said. It is what it is. Its awful. But we have to focus on getting these guys prepared for being the players they can be. The Astros plated two runs in the first on an RBI single from Pence and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jeff Keppinger for a 2-0 lead. Pittsburgh got one back in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout from Jones that plated Andrew McCutchen, but Sanchezs RBI single in the second gave Houston the run back. Baltimore Ravens Flacco Jersey. A two-run double from Jones in the third that plated Jose Tabata and Neil Walker tied the game for Pittsburgh. The Astros went back on top in the fifth. With one out, Pence singled, moved to second on a Keppinger single and crossed the plate when Chris Johnson singled for a 4-3 lead. Pittsburgh surged back in front in the fifth on a sac fly from Jones followed by an RBI double from Alvarez for a 5-4 advantage. Houston, though, answered in the sixth to take the lead back. With men on first and second, Sanchez singled to score one. Pence followed with a two-run double and an RBI single from Keppinger later in the inning made it an 8-5 game. Andy LaRoche hit a two-out, solo homer in the bottom of the sixth while Alvarez added a sacrifice fly after a Jones triple in the seventh to make it a one-run game. Humberto Quintero and Geoff Blum each had an RBI single in the ninth to give Houston some insurance and Brandon Lyon worked around a two-out single in the ninth for his 19th save of the season. GAME NOTES:The Pirates have recorded a losing season in 18 straight campaigns, which is an MLB record. The team last lost more than 100 games in 1985 when they dropped 104 contests...Houston has won 11 of the 13 games against Pittsburgh this season...Myers, who tied his career-high in wins set in 2003, improved to 6-4 over 12 meetings against the Pirates. He has also set a career-high in innings pitched this season with 218. ' ' '
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