BOSTON  - Occupy this: the trash bin. At least, so say students at Michigan’s Lake Superior State University who released an annual list of words they deem so misused, overused and cliched they should be banished in the year ahead. “Occupy,” the term associated with the months-long protest movement in New York and across the United States against income inequality and a variety of other social ills, was among the 12 nominees after just a few months of overexposure. “It has been overused and abused, even to promote Black Friday shopping,” said Grant Barnett of Palmdale, California, who was among those to nominate the word.

“We are headed to Grandma’s house - Occupy Thanksgiving is under way,” said Bill Drewes of Rochester Hills, Michigan, giving another example of how the word has been overused.